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Clayton expected to sign once lockout ends
Posted Mar. 24 at 09:49 PM
The Rams went through a lot of wide receivers last year, with Donnie Avery, Danny Amendola, and Mark Clayton, among others, taking turns as the perceived top guy. Clayton is a free agent, but beat writer Jim Thomas doesn't expect that to last for long.
In a chat at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, Thomas says "it's all but a slam-dunk that Clayton will re-sign with the team once the lockout ends."
Thomas concedes that he's "not sure about Avery as a receiver," who like Clayton is coming off injury. In terms of possibilities, St. Louis has numerous options, including Laurent Robinson, Danario Alexander, and perhaps an incoming rookie or two. But Clayton was very impressive, with 23 catches for 306 yards in five games. Over a full season, that projects out to just short of a 1,000-yard campaign.
Sam Bradford is poised to take a step up in his second season from his impressive rookie campaign. The team has hired Josh McDaniels to run the offense, and the former Patriots and Broncos coach has done some nice things in recent years with quarterbacks.
Identifying St. Louis' top receiver, be it Clayton, Alexander, or another player, will be key in fantasy leagues. Alexander probably has the most talent, but he's also got an extensive injury history. As do all of the Rams' other receivers, at this point. Should be an interesting preseason (when it happens).
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