Young cut loose by Rams
February 16, 2013
It was good while it lasted? A few days after the Rams signed young WR Titus Young, he was dismissed from the team. While I didn’t expect for Young to be the 2nd coming of Torry Holt, I felt he could have been productive. He could have easily been one of the Rams top 3 receivers if he had remained on the team.
The fact that Fisher dismissed Young just as soon as he picked him up puzzles me. Though he wasn’t exactly a model citizen in Detroit, the 4 TDs he scored this past season would rank him 2nd among Rams WRs. The Rams aren’t exactly stacked at receiver either, and could use a solid WR like Young in their receiving corp. Not to mention, Young and Austin Pettis have the Boise State connection.
Lets take a look at the Rams current WRs:
Danny Amendola: 66 catches, 666 yards, and 3 TDs
Chris Givens: 42 catches, 698 yards, and 3 TDs
Brandon Gibson: 51 catches, 691 yards, and 5 TDs
Brian Quick: 11 catches, 156 yards, and 2 TDs
Steve Smith: 14 catches, 131 yards
As you can see, the Rams could use some better production in the passing game. When you look at the current list of free agent WRs there are some attractive names out there. Mike Wallace, Wes Welker, Greg Jennings, Josh Cribbs, Randy Moss, and Braylon Edwards. I personally think St. Louis should take a look at Mike Wallace, Percy Harvin, and Ramses Barden.
Out of all the big name free agents, Mike Wallace has the most upside. He will come with a price tag, but I think he’s worth the gamble. Wallace had down year in 2012, but has averaged at least 8 TDs for the past 3 years and has 17.5 yards per catch for his career.
Rick Spielman, GM of the Minnesota Vikings has stated that the team has no interest in trading WR Percy Harvin despite several rumors that Harvin is on the trade block. If Harvin does become available however, I think the Rams should made an effort to acquire his services. Despite Harvin’s durability issues, when healthy, he can immediately impact the Rams passing attack and return game. Percy Harvin has more kickoff/punt return TDs since 2009 (5), than the entire Rams team (1).
Former New York Giants WR Ramses Barden is an under the radar FA I think the Rams should look into. At 6’6 224 pounds, Barden could be at the very least a goal line threat for St. Louis. He showed flashes of production last year, like his 9 catch, 138 yard outburst against the Panthers in Week 3.
Bottom line, the Rams need more weapons for Sam Bradford. The defense has been solid, but in order to take the next step, St. Louis needs more consistency on offense. The NFC West is all of a sudden one of the best divisions in football with heavyweights like the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. The Rams have their work cut out for them in 2013. They need to start putting points on the board if they want to have any shot at making the playoffs next year.