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    Rams WR Avery Struggling With Fumbles

    Rams WR Avery struggling with fumbles
    By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer
    6 hours, 56 minutes ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP)—It’s two games and two turnovers for Donnie Avery(notes), the St. Louis Rams’ second-round pick last year. He realizes more than those who are making him the franchise’s latest scapegoat that it’s two too many.

    Ball security suddenly has become an issue with a player expected to lead the team’s thin and inexperienced wide receiver corps. His fumble at the Washington 5 in the fourth quarter last Sunday cost the Rams dearly in a 2-point loss, and he lost a fumble on a kickoff return to open the season.

    Returning to practice Wednesday was a major relief for Avery, the better to begin redeeming himself.

    “It was great to get back out there,” Avery said. “I understand it’s going to be a long week, but I just need to get ready.”

    Coach Steve Spagnuolo said he hasn’t lost confidence in Avery, the first wide receiver taken in the 2008 draft and coming off a 53-catch season that was only one off the franchise rookie record set by Eddie Kennison(notes) in 1996. So far, Avery has seven catches for 50 yards for a team that has managed only one touchdown in two games.

    The Rams, who have dropped 12 in a row heading into Sunday’s home opener against the Packers, need his breakaway speed.

    “I know this and I’ve said it before: I love his heart, I love his grit, I love what he’s all about,” Spagnuolo said. “He’ll be fine. We’re banking on him to be fine.”

    Quarterback Marc Bulger(notes) said Avery was tough enough on himself after Sunday’s loss without teammates piling on.

    “We’re going to need him for 14 more games, and he’s too good of a player,” Bulger said. “We can’t let him get down, and he was back out there today looking great.”

    Thus far, Laurent Robinson(notes) has been Bulger’s go-to wide receiver with 11 catches, a 12.8-yard average and the lone touchdown on a 2-yard fade route against the Redskins.

    Avery made several big plays as a rookie, scoring his first touchdown on a 37-yard end around and had six catches for 169 yards including a 69-yard grab against the Patriots. No fumbles, either.

    “I guess you could say when it’s good it’s good, and when it’s bad it’s bad,” said Avery, whose long gain this year is only 16 yards.

    Avery got caught on a spin move on the kickoff return, and hasn’t returned one since, although Spagnuolo wouldn’t say he’d been taken off special teams. The Rams signed return man Danny Amendola(notes) off the Eagles’ practice squad Tuesday, and Amendola could fill both roles this week.

    “It just depends on how quickly we can get him oiled up,” Spagnuolo said. “Until we get to the end of the week, we don’t really know.”

    Redskins safety Chris Horton(notes) put his helmet on the ball after Avery made a 4-yard reception to the Washington 9 early in the fourth quarter last week, and the Redskins recovered at the 7 to preserve a 9-7 lead that held up.

    “They’re just making great plays on the ball, they just got lucky,” Avery said. “You’re not going to be perfect as a receiver.”

    Center Jason Brown(notes) was full go in practice, three days after spraining his right knee. Brown said he’s never missed a practice in his career, let alone a game.

    “My MCL is pretty tender and I have a right ankle that’s pretty tender,” Brown said. “But you’re expected to play through pain.”


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    Re: Rams WR Avery Struggling With Fumbles

    Avery made several big plays as a rookie, scoring his first touchdown on a 37-yard end around and had six catches for 169 yards including a 69-yard grab against the Patriots. No fumbles, either.
    I watched some of his highlights a few days ago and it's easy to forget just how electric and exciting he was last year, especially after seeing his slow start this year.

    He just needs to get back in there, gain some confidence and he'll be fine. Way too much talent to not turn it around.

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    Re: Rams WR Avery Struggling With Fumbles

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    I watched some of his highlights a few days ago and it's easy to forget just how electric and exciting he was last year, especially after seeing his slow start this year.

    He just needs to get back in there, gain some confidence and he'll be fine. Way too much talent to not turn it around.
    I couldn't agree more. He caught over 50 balls without fumbling once last year.Both ball security problems & a case of the yips are curable. It's a challenge for both Avery and Shurmur,though.

    I hope The Rams find ways to get DA the ball early vs GB. Ditto for McMichael.Get these guys involved in some positive plays to get the monkey of their back. We can't afford to have talent undermined by a lack of self-confidence.

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    Re: Rams WR Avery Struggling With Fumbles

    Great pickup for us. Brign in a guy with electric and explosive power, just what we need. Can't wait to see how he performs.

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    Re: Rams WR Avery Struggling With Fumbles

    I like Avery, I really do, but his fumble lost us the game more than any other one play you can point to. With as inept of an offense as we have, a red zone fumble is inexcusible. He's trying to do too much at the wrong times. Until he can relearn ball protection he needs to just make the catch, get his yards and protect the ball. Only fight for the xtra yard or two if it's a crucial 3rd or 4th down. If he can't get it together, he better be ready to slide down the depth chart. Wins won't be coming easy this year and we had that Skins game in the bag and he blew it for us.

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