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    Rookie WR Stats Tell An Interesting Story

    Here are the current receiving yardage leaders among rookie WRs:

    1. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans: 297
    2. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns: 274
    3. Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams: 197
    4. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts: 196
    5. Alshon Jeffrey, Chicago Bears: 184
    6. Demarious Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles: 124
    7. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars: 119
    8. Stephen Hill, New York Jets: 112
    9. T.J. Graham, Buffalo Bills: 99
    10. RodStreater, Oakland Raiders: 92

    Other notables: Reuben Randle (NYG): 86, Michael Floyd (AZ): 84, Brian Quick (STL): 20, Ryan Broyles (DET): 0

    Though these numbers don't tell us which rookie WRs will have the best careers, I do think we can glean some conclusions from them:


    • Most rookie WRs don't start their careers the way A.J. Green did. Right now, nobody is on pace for 1,000 yards.
    • Chris Givens is off to a nice start, and seems to be progressing.
    • If the Rams are going to draft a WR in Round 1 next year, he should be someone viewed as a special talent. Otherwise, don't expect an immediate impact (this could lead to the conclusion that we should look to FA for a WR).
    • It is interesting that the top two on the list right now both went to Baylor. To me, that might be a good reason to give additional consideration to Terrance Williams (Baylor's Senior WR who currently leads the NCAA in receiving yards) in next year's draft.
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    Re: Rookie WR Stats Tell An Interesting Story

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    [*]If the Rams are going to draft a WR in Round 1 next year, he should be someone viewed as a special talent. Otherwise, don't expect an immediate impact (this could lead to the conclusion that we should look to FA for a WR).
    For almost ever, wide receivers have needed 3 years to reach their potential. That's been the case for decades and it's still the case for all but a rare few. If you draft a WR expecting immediate results, it's your fault when the player doesn't deliver.
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    Re: Rookie WR Stats Tell An Interesting Story

    I was thinking of posting something on Givens today as well Av. He is becoming my favorite player.

    I read last week that Bradford and Givens, run routes during down time during practice and then stay after practice for more reps. Givens did not catch one ball from Bradford in a preseason game they never played at the same time. The last three weeks Givens role has expanded and the results are in:

    Givens made one catch for 52 yards Week 4 against the Hawks, another for a 51-yard touchdown Week 5 against the Cards and three balls for 85 yards in Week 6 in Miami against the Dolphins. Givens was targeted seven times on Sunday and one went for 65 yards.

    He has taken the top off the defense at least six times this year. One deep-ball was under thrown by Bradford that may have been the biggest play of his career. Teams have to respect our deep ball now. As his route running becomes better he will be able to get separation on the shorter routes as well. How he plays the rest of the year will definitely impact what we do in the draft.

    If the Rams are going to draft a WR in Round 1 next year, he should be someone viewed as a special talent. Otherwise, don't expect an immediate impact (this could lead to the conclusion that we should look to FA for a WR)
    Is there a talent like that is this draft and if so will we even have a shot at landing him? I would think that would be a top five pick.

    We have a lot of football to go. I'm excited to see what Givens does the rest of the way.

    Could you imagine if we look back and found our number one receiver in round four and our feature running back in the seventh round. Considering we have so many pick that would just make it all the sweeter!

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    Re: Rookie WR Stats Tell An Interesting Story

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    Could you imagine if we look back and found our number one receiver in round four and our feature running back in the seventh round. Considering we have so many pick that would just make it all the sweeter!
    And people would complain they wasted 2nd round picks.

    Givens' ability to get deep reminds me of Torrey Smith. Once you've displayed the speed, CBs will be forced to respect it and give you a bigger cushion leading to easier receptions. He isn't just speed, he has the hands to get 3 easy 5 yard receptions per game to go with those deep routes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RebelYell View Post
    And people would complain they wasted 2nd round picks.

    Givens' ability to get deep reminds me of Torrey Smith. Once you've displayed the speed, CBs will be forced to respect it and give you a bigger cushion leading to easier receptions. He isn't just speed, he has the hands to get 3 easy 5 yard receptions per game to go with those deep routes.
    How true, scary thing is he reminds me of Torrey Smith as well. I know Quick is a work in progress but the two of them could be awesome in a few years.

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    Re: Rookie WR Stats Tell An Interesting Story

    i`d like to see Givens become better at catching the close balls..short slants etc..he could become deadly in the WCO. at this stage i`ve been impressed by his speed but not had chance to see how elusive he is when having to work his way through traffic with the ball in hand.
    it`s good to have a deep threat again tho..

    time for Quick to start stepping up.

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    Re: Rookie WR Stats Tell An Interesting Story

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Here are the current receiving yardage leaders among rookie WRs:

    1. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans: 297
    2. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns: 274
    3. Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams: 197
    4. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts: 196
    5. Alshon Jeffrey, Chicago Bears: 184
    6. Demarious Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles: 124
    7. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars: 119
    8. Stephen Hill, New York Jets: 112
    9. T.J. Graham, Buffalo Bills: 99
    10. RodStreater, Oakland Raiders: 92

    Other notables: Reuben Randle (NYG): 86, Michael Floyd (AZ): 84, Brian Quick (STL): 20, Ryan Broyles (DET): 0

    Though these numbers don't tell us which rookie WRs will have the best careers, I do think we can glean some conclusions from them:


    • Most rookie WRs don't start their careers the way A.J. Green did. Right now, nobody is on pace for 1,000 yards.
    • Chris Givens is off to a nice start, and seems to be progressing.
    • If the Rams are going to draft a WR in Round 1 next year, he should be someone viewed as a special talent. Otherwise, don't expect an immediate impact (this could lead to the conclusion that we should look to FA for a WR).
    • It is interesting that the top two on the list right now both went to Baylor. To me, that might be a good reason to give additional consideration to Terrance Williams (Baylor's Senior WR who currently leads the NCAA in receiving yards) in next year's draft.
    You forgot one:
    A.J. Jenkins, San Francisco Whiners: 0...as in ZERO!!!

    Bwahahahaha!!

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    Re: Rookie WR Stats Tell An Interesting Story

    Footnote:

    Daryl Richardson is fourth among rookie RBs with 274 yards rushing (and also has 59 yards receiving).

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    Re: Rookie WR Stats Tell An Interesting Story

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Footnote:

    Daryl Richardson is fourth among rookie RBs with 274 yards rushing (and also has 59 yards receiving).
    Considering:
    a) he's a backup and
    b) the oline he's running behind

    exceptionally impressive.
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    Re: Rookie WR Stats Tell An Interesting Story

    I LOVE D.Rich. I have some sort of man crush on him. Cant wait to see him as the #1.


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    Re: Rookie WR Stats Tell An Interesting Story

    The one thing you have to be happy about is the trade down , down, down in the draft....

    None of these seems to be great WRs and maybe this years draft will have better depth.....

    I think our team is so close once we get 1 or 2 good draft picks and FA moves., look out !!!

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    Re: Rookie WR Stats Tell An Interesting Story

    What pleases me the most on Givens and other rookies is that we are having positive contributions almost across the board on most of our 2012 draft class. A draft that looks rather meaningful in talent depth......Finally

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    Re: Rookie WR Stats Tell An Interesting Story

    And Givens was drafted after Quick. Shows that you can get hidden gems in any round.

    See: Darryl Richardson.

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    Re: Rookie WR Stats Tell An Interesting Story

    I don't think there's a one-size-fits-all answer to judging receivers. Because a guy has a year that doesn't live up to the immediate expectations of fans doesn't mean the guy is a bum. Conversely, countless receivers over the years ranging from Hall of Fame caliber to average players have had 700-800 yards in their 1st full year in the league. Plus, there are other factors: who is throwing to him? how is his surrounding cast? does the team have a decent running attack?

    What is encouraging about Givens is that we've seen tangible progress- most notably in the form of contributions from big plays. With Quick, I am more concerned because we haven't seen much yet. Fans have to see signs of improvement from week to week. Asking them to have blind faith is asking too much.

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