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    Avery: 'I guess I'm a playmaker'

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Oct. 13 2008
    LANDOVER, MD. — As the referee reviewed wide receiver Donnie Avery's diving
    grab at Washington's 16-yard line with 39 seconds remaining Sunday, the Rams
    rookie insisted that he wasn't worried.

    "No doubt in my mind that I had the ball," Avery said. "I knew it was a catch
    ... and I knew it was a fantastic catch at that."

    Avery laid out to haul in the toss from quarterback Marc Bulger for a 43-yard
    pickup on a third-and-13 play. Three snaps later, Josh Brown's 49-yard field
    goal gave the Rams a 19-17 victory.

    Offensive coordinator Al Saunders ordered play "999" — the same one that Kurt
    Warner and Isaac Bruce completed for the decisive 73-yard touchdown in Super
    Bowl XXXIV.

    "And it looked like that," said wideout Torry Holt, who sprinted
    stride-for-stride with Bruce to the end zone on Jan. 30, 2000, in Atlanta. "At
    that point, it comes down to the individual. And Donnie did a great job of
    stopping, finding the flight of the ball, and cutting back inside and catching
    it."

    Avery, a 5-foot-11, 184-pound speedster from the University of Houston, was the
    Rams' second-round draft pick (No. 33 overall) — the first wideout selected. A
    pelvic fracture in training camp and then a knee injury that kept him out of
    the season opener delayed Avery's chance to prove that he deserved such status.

    "The kid's going to go through a learning experience," coach Jim Haslett said.
    "But he did a nice job."

    Running back Steven Jackson recalled the oft-repeated subject of playmakers
    getting opportunities to make plays during the week leading up to the game.
    "And (Avery) showed why Coach Haslett referenced him as one of the guys that
    needs to touch the ball," Jackson said.

    With a broad smile, Avery said, "I guess I'm a playmaker, huh?"

    On the same route earlier, he didn't make the play, as Bulger's pass fell short
    of the streaking Avery. Wide receivers coach Henry Ellard, a pass catcher of
    considerable repute during his 16-year NFL career, had some advice for the
    youngster.

    "He told me to come back to the ball; I tend to fade away from the ball," Avery
    explained. "I saw the ball in the air for a long time, and I knew I was behind
    the cornerback (Leigh Torrence), so I knew I had to come back to the ball, and
    that's what I did."

    Bulger unloaded with "pretty much all I had," he said. "It's tough to overthrow
    Donnie, and with that one-on-one matchup, it was perfect."

    Center Nick Leckey had a good look as Avery stretched out. "I was like, 'He got
    it, he got it!'" Leckey said. "That was amazing."

    Not unlike the play that Bruce made, albeit under much different circumstances.
    Avery has taken over for Bruce — released by the Rams in February — in the
    starting lineup. But he emphasized that he's certainly not ready to claim to
    have replaced the heralded 15-year veteran.

    "Oh, I'm not going to say that," Avery said. "I'm just out here trying to make
    plays."


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    Re: Avery: 'I guess I'm a playmaker'

    I am happy that Aver is one of our good play makers. We really need the WR help right now and Avery is an option we can finally throw to. Holt isn't able to make the plays because he's double covered alot.

    What's even better is that Burton will be back. It will be fun watching the two youngsters play against Dallas.

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    Re: Avery: 'I guess I'm a playmaker'

    Damn straight you're a playmaker Avery. And good job Ellard in coaching him through the game. That one little bit of advice undoubtedly changed the game. Without it, Avery probably would have missed it. Good, coachable kid.

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    Re: Avery: 'I guess I'm a playmaker'

    The Aviator is gonna be a special player for us..already he`s made 3 big plays for us!

    cant wait to see how his career progresses under the WR guru Ellard.

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    Re: Avery: 'I guess I'm a playmaker'

    That was an awesome catch by Avery and I believe he could eventually be the starter at reciever with burton and Stanley in the slot. That would be cool.

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post

    Center Nick Leckey had a good look as Avery stretched out. "I was like, 'He got
    it, he got it!'" Leckey said. "That was amazing."
    But you my friend were not very amazing at protecting bulger

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    Re: Avery: 'I guess I'm a playmaker'

    Drew who? Boy has that guy faded away. Hardly mentioned anymore. He has got to be feeling the heat.

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    Re: Avery: 'I guess I'm a playmaker'

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    Wide receivers coach Henry Ellard, a pass catcher of
    considerable repute during his 16-year NFL career, had some advice for the
    youngster.
    Damn straight Henry gets his own parking space!!!


    WHAT SAY YE?

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    Re: Avery: 'I guess I'm a playmaker'

    i like avery and burton both but avery is a real speedster and he will grow and progress well as a Ram i just wished we still had bruce bennett is a BUMMMMMM
    Torry Holt Dont play that

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    Re: Avery: 'I guess I'm a playmaker'

    I was doubting if this was the right pick after he was injure, boy I was wrong.
    :ramlogo:

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