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    Donnie Avery: A new breed of Ram

    Donnie Avery: A new breed of Ram

    Prior to the Rams 1999 Super Bowl season, they drafted WR Torry Holt during the 1999 NFL Draft. Already having a route running specialist in Isaac Bruce, one of the greatest every Rams, and NFL receivers, they picked Holt, a great route running, speedy receiver who had great hands. During that 1999 season, we were shown why Holt was selected, and how great of combination Holt and Bruce were making. Add on Hakim, and Proehl, and we had the best receiving core in the NFL, if not history in the NFL. During Bruce and Holts time here, we fans grew accustomed to great route running, great hands, and big plays off route running. They made plays on their feet, but more often than not, dropped to their knees before contact to gain that extra yard. While our receivers weren't the fastest, they were the playmakers everyone wanted, and everyone hated. They were great, we loved them and appreciate the time they had here.

    During the 2008 NFL Draft, the Rams selected wideout Donnie Avery out of Houston. Us fans went in many different ways of our feelings when selecting him. We picked him over stars DeSean Jackson, and others. Avery wasn't rated as the top receiver in the draft, but was rated very high. Experts picking Jackson, and others ahead of him, not Avery before them. We got our first dose of curiosity of the Billy Devaney GM era. Chris Long selected #2 was a very good, and safe pick .But Avery, why Avery? Ahead of stars like the ones I posted above.

    Coming out of Houston, Avery was a little bit smaller sized, but blazing fast and big play making receiver, who Houston fans new had the talent to make it in the league. He was labeled as "raw" on his route running, and questionable hands for catching. Everyone knew he had speed, agility and playmaking ability. But with questionable route running, and catching ability, how was he going to make it in the league? After we got his first dose during those soon after mini camps, we started seeing him up closer, picking different flaws to use against him, and for DeSean Jackson and the others. He started out behind in the depth chart, behind All Pro Torry Holt, and (s)lacker Drew Bennett. We found how quick Avery was, and how he can make plays, but we never seen the great route running, or great hands that we did in Holt, and future Hall of Famer Isaac Bruce. We again began questioning the addition to the team, and why we picked him over others. He played behind Bennett, until he was injured. And now BAM! Rookie receiver Avery gets the nod beside Holt to start.

    I game against the Buffalo Bills opened our eyes. On and end around play to Avery, he raced down the sidelines for a touchdown. A play we haven't seen from our Rams since the Az Hakim era. During that play, we quickly caught a glimpse of the speed Avery had, and how he can outrun anyone with his speed. A few weeks later is when we start getting a glimpse of his potential greatness. At a close game in Washington D.C. against the Redskins, the Rams trailed late in the game, a depleted and morally defeated team, Donnie Avery makes a GREAT catch to bring the Rams into field goal position and eventually win the game for us. On that play, beating the Redskin deep, Avery made a great play on the ball, coming back for it and diving. His first big play as a Ram, wins the game for us. Using his speed, and agility he beat the DB, and then came back and showed a great display of hands to catch the ball. Slowly during the season, Avery continuously strived to become better. Working extra after practice, and before it. He caught footballs, ran routes and trained to become bigger, faster, stronger, better his route running ability and hands. It started showing in the New England game, and more on after that. His hands also became much better. Making incredible catches, his stock started rising.

    Fast forward past the offseason, and to now. He's now the guy, Holts gone, Bennetts gone. We have a crew of young guys and the biggest question is if Avery can be number one for us, and play at a high level. He isn't going to be the route runner like Holt and Bruce, but he's going to be the speedster, the playmaker, the guy who "Fights for every yard!" and never stops. He's been working in Houston all summer when he's not in St. Louis. He's training with our coaches, and some of his former ones too. He greatly improved his route running and hands last season. And has worked his ass off this offseason to improve it some more. Can Avery step up and be a solid number one for us?

    Yes, I believe he can. During last season, how much he improved was ridiculous. And this offseason he's been working harder then ever. He may not be the route running specialist like Torry and Isaac, but he could be the playmaker like other stars Steve Smith (Carolina), Santana Moss (Washington), Greg Jennings (Green Bay). Or he can be a new star, Donnie Avery style.
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    Re: Donnie Avery: A new breed of Ram

    Avery was in the 2008 draft not the 2009 draft.
    He got picked over Limas Sweed and Mario Manningham, but i get what you're sayin.

    Deion Sanders said halfway through the season "Donnie Avery has the best adjustments on the ball i've seen by a rookie in a long, long time."
    He could easily be a number on WR.

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    Re: Donnie Avery: A new breed of Ram

    No, he got picked over DeSean and everyone.
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    Re: Donnie Avery: A new breed of Ram

    LMAO after i corrected you, you took Kenny Britt and Hakeem Nicks' names off and added "others"

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    Re: Donnie Avery: A new breed of Ram

    I know, I don't know why I got the names mixed up.

    DeSean is the MAIN one

    You were right, except for one guy

    Thanks for the error notice!
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    Re: Donnie Avery: A new breed of Ram

    Avery is very exciting threat, but cut out the dancing!
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    Re: Donnie Avery: A new breed of Ram

    Nice writing, I enjoy reading these. It's nice to be able to read something a little refreshing like this during the stale offseason. Do you write these articles for school or for fun?

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    Re: Donnie Avery: A new breed of Ram

    Quote Originally Posted by shower beers View Post
    Nice writing, I enjoy reading these. It's nice to be able to read something a little refreshing like this during the stale offseason. Do you write these articles for school or for fun?
    Thanks

    Just for fun, I love my Rams, and while I'm not a Professional writer, I enjoy writing articles sometimes.
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