Scouting report: Rams' passing offense
Nov. 6, 2013
Here is Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty's scouting report on the Rams' passing offense: Quarterback Sam Bradford had a promising rookie season last year (seven wins despite a 76.5 rating) in former coordinator Pat Shurmur’s ball-control passing game but has not played well behind an underperforming line and in a new system that emphasizes deeper drops and throws downfield. Bradford (6-4, 228) has the makings of a franchise quarterback — his arm is plenty strong, he has good though not elite mobility, and he’s smart. But his rating (70.8 points) is 31st in the league, and he’s completed less than half his passes (49.7 percent) and only three touchdowns (to one interception). The offensive line has been major liability (18 sacks, last in the league in sacks percentage), starting with Smith, a 2009 first-round pick who has immense talent but sloppy technique. The Rams signed Dahl as a free agent from Atlanta, but he, center Jason Brown and left guard Jacob Bell have been one of the softest interior lines in the league. Even left tackle Rodger Saffold has had some trouble, though that was mostly against Indianapolis’ Dwight Freeney earlier this year; the second-year pro still looks like a keeper. Receiver Benny Amendola (5-11, 186) was the Rams’ Wes Welker last year with 85 catches running short routes out of the slot, so his season-ending elbow injury in the opener was a huge loss. Former Jacksonville starter Mike Sims-Walker (6-2, 214) is big and strong but hasn’t made plays (12.6-yard average on 11 catches). Third-year pro Brandon Gibson (6-0, 210) leads the team in receptions (13), but over the long haul the most talented receivers probably are rookies who’ve had limited roles so far, third-round pick Austin Pettis (6-2, 202, six catches), and second-round pick Lance Kendricks (6-2, 241), a tight end from Wisconsin who has eight catches.
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