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Saturday, October 19, 2013, 9:35am

USA Today - [Full Article]

Why is Rams WR Tavon Austin's role seemingly shrinking? A personnel executive for another NFL team theorized: "Little receivers don't work with inaccurate quarterbacks."

Sam Bradford is a 58.4% career passer. He's been more efficient this season – 59.5% passing, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions, 90.7 rating – but never will be known for his accuracy.

Austin stands 5-foot-8 and 176 pounds. He leads the Rams with 24 catches but is averaging only 6.6 yards per reception, meaning he's mostly getting the ball near the line of scrimmage.

The bigger targets presented by Austin Pettis (6-3, 203), tight end Jared Cook (6-5, 254) and even Chris Givens (6-0, 203) are capable of creating more favorable matchups on the perimeter than Austin, who's best suited to the slot and is smallish even for that spot.

"You can get away with those guys if you have (Drew) Brees or (Tom) Brady," the executive said. "Of course, you can get away with a lot with those guys."

Fantasy Impact:

Austin is one of the disappointments in this year's fantasy world, mostly because he was pretty hyped up by the team in the offseason. Then the Rams said they were keeping him under wraps in preseason games, but he's obviously yet to be unwrapped this season. According to this story, he's just not a good match with Bradford. Not a good sign for the future either.

Monday, August 5, 2013, 9:57am

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - [Full Article]

Rams WR Brian Quick has made strides but still has work to do.

There are certain routes he excels at, such as the fade pattern in the end zone. But he needs to display more consistency catching the ball and get better at using his size to grab contested or 50-50 balls.

Quick looks like the No. 4 but unlike last year in camp, he has gotten plenty of practice reps with the starting offense.

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams top-three WRs right now are Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and Tavon Austin.

Sunday, June 16, 2013, 8:05pm

STL Today - [Full Article]

As the spring ended, Austin Pettis and Chris Givens were working as the starting outside wide receivers, with first-round draft pick Austin the starting slot receiver, and Brian Quick the No. 4. Not that Quick has had a disappointing spring; it’s just that Pettis has been that impressive.

“(Quick’s) doing a lot better,” Schottenheimer said. “He’s stepped up this year. He’s just much more comfortable.”

Fantasy Impact:

We'll see if Pettis is able to hold off the rawer yet more talented Quick when the pads go on in August.

Rams not close to re-signing Danny Amendola
Sunday, February 17, 2013, 9:53pm

STL Today - [Full Article]

The Rams and WR Danny Amendola are far apart in terms of what it will take to re-sign him. And re-signing Brandon Gibson doesn’t appear likely because the Rams need to use their limited salary cap resources on other players. If both Amendola and Gibson leave, the Rams will have only three wideouts under contract that played for them last season: Austin Pettis, Chris Givens and Brian Quick.

“Not a concern whatsoever,” HC Jeff Fisher said. “There’s options out there. The free-agent market, there’s options out there, and it’s a great draft for a receiver this year.”

When asked if the Rams wanted Amendola back, Fisher replied: “Oh yes, we’ve got a number of unrestricted free agents on our roster that we want back, and Danny would be one of them."

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Danny Amendola may have a broken collarbone
Friday, October 5, 2012, 9:37am

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford lost his favorite target, wide receiver Danny Amendola, midway through the second quarter, after Amendola landed on his shoulder while diving for a pass. The Rams fear Amendola suffered a broken collarbone and he could face a long-term absence, a team source told CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. The extent of the injury will be known Monday, the source said.

@ProFootballTalk also Tweeted: Rams WR Danny Amendola has broken collarbone, per team source. 

Update: ESPN is reporting that Amendola may have avoided a broken collarbone and that he may return this season. Stay tuned.

Fantasy Impact:

This is obviously a tough loss for the Rams who are already very thin on talent at the WR position. Rookie Chris Givens led the team's WRs in snaps (45), with Brandon Gibson (36), Austin Pettis (19), Amendola (17) and Brian Quick (12) rounding the unit out. Gibson figures to be the most logical pickup of the group, though Givens's snaps were no fluke. He played more than Gibson in Week 4 as well, and has caught a 50+ yard pass in each of the last two games. He caught a 51-yard TD on Thursday night.

Monday, August 13, 2012, 12:50pm

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - [Full Article]

Rams rookie WR Brian Quick, the first pick of the 2nd round, was mostly jammed at the line. He couldn't handle the Colts' aggressive press coverage. Welcome to the NFL.

From what I could see, Quick didn't seem to maintain speed going into, or coming out of, his breaks. This game is going to move a lot faster than what Quick saw at Appy State.

He'll need time to adjust. The question is, will he be able to adjust -- and if so, how soon?

There's a lot of pressure on Quick. Snead and the Rams' people hyped him up after making him a somewhat surprising pick. And when you hype a kid, fans and media immediately expect more from him. So if Quick gets off to a slow start in his rookie season, you'll see the Donnie Avery comparisons thrown at him right away.

Is it fair? No. But it is the NFL ... elsewhere: it looks like Austin Pettis, in his second season, has learned how to escape press coverage. He looked good ... if he stays healthy, Steve Smith should be able to help. Might turn out to be a smart signing. But again, it's only preseason.