Is Gilyard The Answer?

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 26: Mardy Gilyard of the St. Louis Rams returns a punt in the second half against the New England Patriots on August 26, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Rams defeated the Patriots 36-35. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

I’ve been hearing plenty of good things about Rams’ rookie wide receiver Mardy Gilyard over the past few days, and it got me thinking. Danario Alexander will be out again this week, so that means the Rams are in need of a wide out who can stretch the field a bit on Sunday when they take on the 49ers. I think Gilyard has the explosiveness to play that role, but thus far he hasn’t shown me or anyone else that he is ready to play at the NFL level yet. Brian Stull has been reporting that Gilyard has looked great this week in practice and that his “swag” is back, and as much as I want to see him succeed, I just don’t know if he is ready yet. If he comes out on Sunday and makes a couple of nice plays down the field, or if anyone does it for that matter, I think it could be the difference in the game. Keep an eye on number 81 Sunday afternoon when the Rams and Niners battle in an NFC West showdown.

Injury Report: Mostly good news here, although Alexander and James Butler have officially been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Other than that, it looks like pretty much everyone will be able to go. Na’il Diggs and Rodger Saffold missed some practice time yesterday, but both should be fine for the weekend. Fendi Onobun is getting healthier, but I would suspect he might be inactive again this week, as he is still experiencing some pain in his back.

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  • Chris_Miller

    San Francisco has the 20th ranked pass defense in the league. If the Rams can establish a running game early and protect the QB, Bradford may be able to exploit a few openings in the secondary.
    Also, St. Louis ranks 10th in the league defending the pass during road games. While Troy Smith is mobile and may offer some challenges as somewhat of a run-pass, dual threat, the Rams have a great opportunity to exploit some potential mistakes coming from a QB who has started 1 game this season and then took a week of vacation during the bye week instead of staying at the training facility watching video or studying the playbook.
    My biggest concern for the Rams is their record on the road in general. 3 of their 4 losses on the season are road games. And while playing at Candlestick, the Rams are 1-4 in the last 5 games against the 49ers.
    The Rams entered the bye week 3-2 over the last 5 games. Week 10 is a great opportunity to keep the momentum going and push ahead in the NFC West.