Who will Nick Foles target on the pass plays?


In recent years, the offensive unit in St Louis have not been gifted with a consistent dependable leader, ultimately weighing in on the players development and performance throughout the season. When the Rams acquired Nick Foles this spring the opportunity for the strongest players on the Rams’ offense to make their case and become stand out players. Forming a tight understanding with Foles week-in week-out will be integral for any wide out to take it to the next level. With this change on offense, who will Nick Foles target on the pass plays?

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One player that stands out as an essential asset to the Rams offensive unit is tight end Jared Cook. At 6’5” and 254 pounds, Cook yields speed and size in the tight end position, and has shown his ability to get open for the pass. During the 2014 regular season, Cook was targeted 98 times and notched a total of 52 receptions, contributing 634 yards and three touchdowns. Cook did not fumble the football once in 2014, showing a safe pair of hands on the pass plays as an experienced player.

Another key target on the pass play will be wide receiver Kenny Britt. At 6’3” and 223 pounds, Britt was the largest and most consistent wide receiver in St Louis in 2014. He will look to continue his climb back to relevancy by getting into good positions, and efficiently executing his routes.

During the 2014 regular season, Britt was targeted 84 times and totalled 48 receptions, equalling 748 yards and three touchdowns. Also not fumbling the football once. Considering 2014 was Britt’s first season in St Louis, and that he was playing under a second string quarterback, these figures show the productivity he is capable of.

Cook and Britt demonstrated their ability last season in less than ideal conditions, consistently helping the QB get the ball moving

St. Louis rounds out there wide receiver depth chart with Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and Brian Quick. The secondary receiving options at tight end includes Lance Kendricks and Cory Harkey. Expect rookie running back Todd Gurley to also contribute to the receiving game if he is healthy. He offers more catching the football than starting running back Tre Mason.

In 2015, the tight ends and wide receivers may have a chance to show their true worth, with a new quarterback in Foles. With the inconsistency under center in past years, the Rams offensive unit has struggled to drive the ball into the end zone. Cook and Britt demonstrated their effectiveness on the pass plays last season in less than ideal circumstances, consistently helping the quarterback get the ball moving. If Foles does bring the reliability that the team needs, these two players will act as the most productive targets in helping produce wins for the St Louis Rams.