By Bill Coats
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Saturday, Dec. 29 2007

It’s not fair to compare, but …

Drew Bennett needs eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the
regular-season finale at Arizona to equal the numbers Kevin Curtis compiled
last season as the Rams’ No. 3 wide receiver.

The Rams — and Bennett — expected so much more.

“This is definitely not the season, as far as wins or personal statistics, that
I was hoping for. Not even close,” said Bennett, who has 32 receptions for 317
yards and three TDs.

It’s his least productive season since 2001, his rookie year with Tennessee.
After piling up 273 catches for 4,033 yards and 25 touchdowns in six years with
the Titans, Bennett hit paydirt in free agency: The Rams signed him to a
six-year, $30 million contract March 3.

Less than two weeks later, Curtis — also a free agent — signed with
Philadelphia. His totals this year: 70 catches, 1,048 yards, six TDs.

In previous years, those would be Bennett-like numbers. But not in 2007, with
the Rams toting a 3-12 record and Bennett being much less of a weapon than
anticipated.

He was slowed at the start of the regular season by a thigh muscle injury;
later, a balky hamstring hampered him. He sat out two games but was at less
than top shape in several others.

“I’ve played a lot of years, and this is one of the toughest,” said Bennett,
29. “As far as just the way this season went, and with my personal battles, it’
s been very difficult.”

Still, he and his teammates have a final opportunity to salvage a measure of
fulfillment. “I think this (game) is a good way to kind of change things, to
finish on a high note in a season with a bunch of low notes,” Bennett said,
“and try to maybe use that just to get into the offseason with a little better
attitude and look toward next season.”