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    A rare training camp trade that made a huge impact ..

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    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on October 5, 2010 2:11 PM ET

    Towards the end of training camp, we hear a lot of trade rumors. These rumors usually get too much attention because:

    1. There aren't many NFL trades.

    2. NFL teams only trade someone at that time of the year if they have absolutely no use for him. There's usually a very good reason why a player is available. He won't help you.

    All of that makes the Rams' acquisition of former Ravens wide receiver Mark Clayton by G.M. Billy Devaney on September 6 more remarkable. Clayton was acquired for a move down in the 2011 draft from the sixth round to the seventh round. Essentially nothing.

    For that price, Clayton has provided: 22 receptions, 300 yards, and two scores in four games. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes that Clayton ranks fourth in the NFL in receptions over 25 yards, with five. He's producing like the guy Baltimore thought he was when they invested a first-round pick in him back in 2005.

    "He made some great catches yesterday, didn't he?" coach Steve Spagnulo said Monday. "Wow. He's a . . . call him a gamer or call him a clutch performer, whatever you want."

    This is a move that Devaney wouldn't have made if not for Donnie Avery's season-ending torn ACL. In that sense, the Rams are almost lucky.

    They also are fortunate to have a rookie quarterback that can help bring the best out of a veteran receiver that the Ravens had no use for.


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    Re: A rare training camp trade that made a huge impact ..

    If this was Facebook I'd press like

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    Re: A rare training camp trade that made a huge impact ..

    Anyone know how D. Alexander has been doing in practice.... ????

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    Re: A rare training camp trade that made a huge impact ..

    Quote Originally Posted by MauiRam View Post
    Clayton was acquired for a move down in the 2011 draft from the sixth round to the seventh round. Essentially nothing.

    He's producing like the guy Baltimore thought he was when they invested a first-round pick in him back in 2005.
    This is HUGE! and we got him for "essentially nothing." By next year's draft we could be getting wealthy at the WR position, once Avery gets back. (Thanks for getting hurt Avery!) This will allow us to plug a few more needs. Guys this could get interesting!!! Our suffering through those horrendous seasons could finally pay off!
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    Re: A rare training camp trade that made a huge impact ..

    Fire Billy Devaney now!!!!!!!!!


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    Re: A rare training camp trade that made a huge impact ..

    While I agree that the acquisition of Clayton has been big, and a pleasent surprise to many, I think the acquisition of MR. Robbins on the defensive line is every bit as huge. The guy has made everyone around him better.
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    Re: A rare training camp trade that made a huge impact ..

    Bruce4life: ditto!

    richtree: don't usually hear much about practice squad players. think he's still getting the knee stronger. he's healed but needs to build up strength. after first few practices his knee was swelling. when i was coming back from an injury that happened to me a lot too at first. just takes time.

    Varg6: LOL

    Ramfanraiderhater: ditto! i couldn't agree more. Robbins by far has my best offseason (draft not included) pickup award. yes yes, more than Clayton. (insert ridicule here).

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    Re: A rare training camp trade that made a huge impact ..

    And people started to question the front offices decisions....

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