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    Allow me to toot my own horn!

    I was doing a Google search and happened accross this very insightful article:


    The Right Stuff ?
    After Three Reaches, Rams May Have Drafted The Right WRs

    In the past four years, the Rams have had the luxury of one of the league's top stables of wide receivers. Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt have a combined seven 1,000 yard seasons in over that span. Behind them, clutch possession receiver Ricky Proehl and (until last year) speedy slot receiver Az Hakim gave the Rams a four deep wideout set that made nickel backs cringe.
    In this league, however, luxuries are often fleeting. And, now in 2003, Hakim and Proehl have left for greener pastures. Meanwhile, Isaac Bruce is getting older and veteran acquisitions have ranged from the promising, but unfulfilled potential of Troy Edwards to the complete bust of Terrence Wilkins.
    The Rams knew this day would come, and have made some effort to find the next generation of wide receivers through the draft. However, having greater needs on defense, these efforts were, until this year, relegated to reaches for diamonds in the rough.
    Milton Wynn was the first. He of the great size/speed combination that made Ram fans dream of fade patterns in the red zone becoming automatic points. But the warning signs were there from the beginning - an inconsistent college career ending with a failed attempt to withdraw from draft eligibility - and, ultimately, Wynn failed to even crack the roster. The Rams also took a flyer on Francis St. Paul, a supposed Hakim clone, who never rose above the practice squad.
    Last year, the Rams really reached for a solution with the drafting of Eric Crouch. Perhaps, with the right heart for taking hits, Crouch would have made a good wide receiver. But this theory will never be proven, as Crouch retired and then unretired for a chance to hold Brett Favre's clipboard.
    Finally, this year, the Rams did it right. After addressing the defense in rounds 1 and 2, the Rams selected two wide receivers in rounds 3 and 4, Kevin Curtis and Shaun McDonald.
    Curtis is a smart, fast and polished wide receiver. What's more, he played on a team that runs an offense that mimicks Air Martz - even borrowing from the Rams' own playbook. McDonald is the latest Hakim clone - but he actually produced in a big time college program, unlike his practice squad predecessor.
    The early returns are raves. Some have McDonald as the frontrunner for the third WR spot. Others have quoted Martz as describing Curtis as a future "household name."
    If the Greatest Show is to go on, it will be drafts like this that will ensure its repeated encores.

    The date on the article: June 16, 2003.

    The author: ME!!!!!


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    Re: Allow me to toot my own horn!

    Av the Greek!
    JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS


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    Re: Allow me to toot my own horn!

    Av the Geek!
    There. I fixed it for ya.

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    Re: Allow me to toot my own horn!

    Better watch out, ZZR...

    My edit button is bigger than yours! :tongue:

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    Re: Allow me to toot my own horn!

    AV, hale to thee, you are a legend in your own mind (errr) time, and we are so thankful you are here amongst us mere mortals, rather than being on the list of the top media glowers.

    Maineram -
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    Re: Allow me to toot my own horn!

    Now was that so hard.

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    Av the Greek Geek!
    There we go. Now it's straight. LOL

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    Av, you know we all love ya. Now put on your helmet...the short bus is going to be here any minute.

    Maineram - LOL
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    Re: Allow me to toot my own horn!

    Av, With the wide outs that we have on our roster i for one really thought we kept wasting draft picks at this position year after year! I really don't believe these wr's ever had a chance to make our roster at all with Ike,Torry,Kevin,Shaun,Looker from what Ive read from MM's mouth. When and if Ike retires then its sensible to start drafting wideouts!..........I know injuries are a key to this equation but really how many wr's do we need on this team right now? We still have MF and all of our TE's! that are quite capable of moving the chains!

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    Re: Allow me to toot my own horn!

    Quote Originally Posted by talkstoangels61
    Av, With the wide outs that we have on our roster i for one really thought we kept wasting draft picks at this position year after year! I really don't believe these wr's ever had a chance to make our roster at all with Ike,Torry,Kevin,Shaun,Looker from what Ive read from MM's mouth. When and if Ike retires then its sensible to start drafting wideouts!..........I know injuries are a key to this equation but really how many wr's do we need on this team right now? We still have MF and all of our TE's! that are quite capable of moving the chains!
    Someone didn't actually read the first post.

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    nope .........i guess i didnt!......sorry oh wise 1! I wont let it happen again!

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    Re: Allow me to toot my own horn!

    We all read it AV, nice article. Getting a few laughs on the AV is so rare, I'm sorry to start such childish behavior.

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    Re: Allow me to toot my own horn!

    Ah, but it is the childish behavior that makes us who we are...and that is a fun football team.
    Sprtsmac :football:

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    Re: Allow me to toot my own horn!

    Do enough babbling and you're bound to get something right. Not cause to toot the horn. It's kinda like that guy in the Waterboy, predicting his QB was going to through a touchdown...

    Av,
    Go toot your horn about the great work you've done in BoSH! Now that deserves recognition and compliments. We're fortunate to have your efforts.

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    Re: Allow me to toot my own horn!

    And yet... I'm still waiting for my first stipend.

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