When Stedman Bailey was drafted by the Rams, more than likely he wasn’t going to start at wide receiver for the Rams, right away at least. Bailey made an impact at wide receiver at West Virginia, but with Quick and Pettis ahead of him, it was unlikely he would start in his first year.
Rather than just sit on the bench and wait his turn, Bailey has made an impact in other areas to prove to the coaches what he can do and that he is willing to do anything to make that point.
Bailey has played a lot of special teams this season on the punt return and kick return units a spot in which that he is forced to tackle, something that he wasn’t asked to do at West Virginia. In fact for a smaller receiver at only 5’10 193 pounds, Bailey has been impressive making six tackles this season in 10 games played.
Due to that willingness to get on the field, Bailey’s snaps on offense have slightly increased and Fisher and Shottenheimer have mentioned that they plan to get him on the field more.
Other players on the Rams looking to get on the field have seen this as well. One being Isaiah Pead. Against the Colts, Pead got on the field in some special teams situations and actually made a tackle.
Pead seems to have lost a lot of trust from the coaches in the running game, but has decided that if he wants to get on the field he is going to have to try something else to prove that he will do whatever it takes. Doing this has lead to Pead being on the active game day roster the past couple of weeks.
This shows that even though Bailey is only a rookie other players are taking notice to his hard work and willingness to play any position as long as it means getting on the field.
It looks like drafting Stedman Bailey could be paying off for the Rams. He hasn’t made an impact in the passing game just yet except for one catch that he fought for every last yard and ended up with 12.
Bailey’s time is coming it’s just a matter of time. As one of our commenters said last week, “you have to crawl before you can walk and walk before you can run. Bailey is crawling let’s see him get to his feet.”