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    Does 0.13 seconds make a difference?

    The Rams' 3 new receivers, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Jared Cook are, in essence, taking the roles formerly held by Danny Amendola, Brandon Gibon and Lance Kendricks in 2012.

    In each case, the new player has a faster 40 time:

    Tavon Austin (4.34)/Danny Amendola (4.58)
    Stedman Bailey (4.52)/Brandon Gibson (4.59)
    Jared Cook (4.49)/Lance Kendricks (4.57)

    The averages are: new players 4.45/old players 4.58.

    A difference of 0.13.

    Is that significant?

    Of course, its not the whole story. Being a good receiver involves a lot more than pure straight-line speed. But the question remains...

    Is that significant?

    I'd say the answer is "yes."

    That extra bit of speed is what will keep defenses from stacking the box.
    That extra bit of speed can turn an 8 yard pass play into a 20 yard gain.
    That extra bit of speed will result in player getting open faster, so Sam Bradford won't have to hold the ball as long.

    There is no substitute for speed.

    I'm glad its back in St. Louis.


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    Re: Does 0.13 seconds make a difference?

    the difference from being once step away, to being one step ahead and scoring

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    Re: Does 0.13 seconds make a difference?

    Yes, I think it makes a difference.

    However, is Cook to Kendrick the right comparison. I won't be convinced of that until the games get under way. I think one can compare Cook to Pettis also as I don't believe Cook will be exclusively a TE. Pettis ran a 4.61.
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    Re: Does 0.13 seconds make a difference?

    This is how I see it.

    Chris Givens replaces Steve Smith huge upgrade speed.

    Brian Quick replaces Brandon Gibson upgrade speed and size.

    Tavon Austin / Jared Cook replaces Danny Amendola huge upgrade on size, speed and durability.

    Jared Cook replaces Lance Kendricks upgrade speed and size.

    Lance Kendricks replaces Mike McNeill huge upgrade speed and hands.
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    Re: Does 0.13 seconds make a difference?

    If you remember the buccaneers game. Kendricks had a hard time running in that TD. I give him credit..he did get the td. But if that was cook he would have gone in easy.


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    Re: Does 0.13 seconds make a difference?

    The first time Austin or Cook burns a defense for a long gain or td because of their speed, it will establish FEAR! Other than Givens last year, we haven't had anyone to scare opposing defenses. That should change this year. Last year teams stacked the box and dared us to throw. This year we'll be daring defenses to stack the box. Speed .. Love it!

    A couple more guys who should have a bigger role this year:

    Daryl Richardson 4.38
    Isaiah Pead 4.35
    Brandon McGee 4.38 can he be a return guy? - he'll surely play special on teams

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    Re: Does 0.13 seconds make a difference?

    Ask Kevin Dyson if he would have liked to be 0.13 sec faster :P

    I think speed is perfect weapon against the large CB's used by the Seaguls and the Whiners....

    I saw some Redskins last year (rooting for them to loose so that we could get better draft picks), they have a pretty fast receiver core and they made alot of big plays based on that...

    Hankerson 4.43, Paul 4.45, Robinson 4.42 Morgan 4.47, Garcon 4.48 and Santana Moss with a 4.31 40.
    I think we can do the same and create matchup problems all over the field! I have not been this pumped up before a season since.... Heck cannot remember since when......

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    Re: Does 0.13 seconds make a difference?

    We needed speed badly and this offseason we added alot of it.Speed is the greatest mismatch in this game,height is the only other that comes close.But if you are faster than the guy trying to defend you have a huge advantage.Speed kills and the NFL these days has become all about speed.

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    Re: Does 0.13 seconds make a difference?

    The most important thing with these guys speed is that they harness it. Guys with speed have to learn how to translate that speed to the NFL. 40 times are sometimes misunderstood because some players play at a different speed than when they run in a straight line with no interruptions.

    This brings me to my point. We've seen that these three players play with speed. They're not just your average Oakland Raider selection who has a blazing forty that is negated by their lack of football knowledge.

    These three guys have speed, and they know how to use it. So does Givens!

    Man, if nothing else, I'm expecting to see the most exciting Rams offense in the last decade.
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    Re: Does 0.13 seconds make a difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    The Rams' 3 new receivers, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Jared Cook are, in essence, taking the roles formerly held by Danny Amendola, Brandon Gibon and Lance Kendricks in 2012.

    In each case, the new player has a faster 40 time:

    Tavon Austin (4.34)/Danny Amendola (4.58)
    Stedman Bailey (4.52)/Brandon Gibson (4.59)
    Jared Cook (4.49)/Lance Kendricks (4.57)

    The averages are: new players 4.45/old players 4.58.

    A difference of 0.13.

    Is that significant?

    Of course, its not the whole story. Being a good receiver involves a lot more than pure straight-line speed. But the question remains...

    Is that significant?

    I'd say the answer is "yes."

    That extra bit of speed is what will keep defenses from stacking the box.
    That extra bit of speed can turn an 8 yard pass play into a 20 yard gain.
    That extra bit of speed will result in player getting open faster, so Sam Bradford won't have to hold the ball as long.

    There is no substitute for speed.

    I'm glad its back in St. Louis.
    IMO yes for one simple reason. Speed doesn't mean crap unless you can use it effectively. Speed alone doesn't make you a great football player (i.e. Jerry Rice or Emmit Smith). However in the case of Austin/Cook/Bailey they are football players through and through who are fast, who can run routes, and can CATCH. I'm so excited for the preseason to come! Been the most exciting offseason for me since the GSOT days....
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    Re: Does 0.13 seconds make a difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    A difference of 0.13.

    Is that significant?

    There is no substitute for speed.
    That's what she said.
    Last edited by RockinRam; -05-17-2013 at 02:35 AM.
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    Re: Does 0.13 seconds make a difference?

    After going through Steve Spagnuolo's tenure, where it appeared we were allergic to speed, all of these faster guys are welcomed additions in all phases of the game.

    There's no denying that speed kills.

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    Re: Does 0.13 seconds make a difference?

    Quickest & Fastest I'd say are two different beasts.

    Quickness gets you the separation, being fast will get you into the end zone.

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