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  • Curtis and McDonald = Hakim?

    I've been saying for two years now that one of the main reasons this offense has sputtered was the lack of speed at the 3rd WR spot. Well, that speed helped win the game. When you have to put a S like Bierria on either one of them, it's an instant mismatch. Bierria got torched on both of Curtis and McDonald's touchdowns, and to Bulger's credit he found that mismatch. Now, if we can just teach Faulk how to catch the football again when matched up on a LB.......

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    Re: Curtis and McDonald = Hakim?

    Hopefully this carries over to the rest of the year. I know people always said the Rams were still a quick-strike threat, but in reality until Curtis and McDonald emerged that threat was no more than most other teams. One or both of these guys HAD to step up, and they did.

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      Re: Curtis and McDonald = Hakim?

      I've liked Dane Looker because he seems to have worked real hard. But, Curtis has really stepped up and earned that #3 spot. He really made the game yesterday.

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        Re: Curtis and McDonald = Hakim?

        TX shaun reminds me so much of AZ, and Curtis has really stepped up!!!


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          Re: Curtis and McDonald = Hakim?

          Curtis is the one to watch,he is the fastest wr on the team. Not sure if thats just in a strait line though but did you see the way he seperated from the two defenders on his td?

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          • Nick
            Curtis, McDonald Make Rams More Dangerous - Wagoner
            by Nick
            Curtis, McDonald Make Rams More Dangerous
            By Nick Wagoner
            Senior Writer

            Ever since the 1999 Rams emerged on the scene as the “Greatest Show on Turf,” they have been known for their two outstanding receivers.

            The combination of Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt might be one of the best the league has ever seen over a five-year span, but the dynamic duo might be on its way to becoming the NFL’s most explosive barbershop quartet.

            Ask anyone around Rams Park these days the biggest reason for optimism heading into this season and the answer will invariably involve the myriad possibilities of the offense. Those possibilities might not be so endless were it not for the emergence and development of the perfect compliments to the St. Louis version of Batman and Robin.

            Kevin Curtis and Shaun McDonald didn’t just arrive on the scene last season; they ran through it like world-class sprinters hopped up on Red Bull. Ask the Seattle Seahawks what they remember about their first meeting with the Rams last season and Nos. 83 and 84 will probably be mentioned followed by a slew of words that aren’t suitable for print.

            “I am real excited about the receivers, Kevin (Curtis), (Shaun) McDonald, everybody,” coach Mike Martz said. “It brings back a lot of memories from some of the guys we had in the past. They are just playing now. That’s when it’s fun is when you can come out here and do something and they know exactly what to do. You just start moving guys around in stuff we haven’t done in a while. You give them some creativity in their shifts and their moves and they are just like robots. They line up in man to man coverage and have different ways on a particular route to beat a guy.”

            In fact, the memories came rushing back to Martz so quickly that he goofed up on one of the opening days of training camp, asking “Trent” to take the team out of the huddle. Of course, by Trent he was referring to Trent Green, but he was actually talking to quarterback Marc Bulger.

            Excuse Martz if he is having flashbacks to the days when Az-zahir Hakim and Ricky Proehl flanked Bruce and Holt in catching passes from an accurate quarterback with a quick release. Substitute Curtis and McDonald for Hakim and Proehl and Bulger for Green and the ingredients are in place for an offensive tour de force in St. Louis.

            The Rams spent the better part of a year waiting for Curtis and McDonald to get with the system. Unfortunately, both suffered through miserable, injury-plagued rookie seasons.

            Curtis played in four games in 2003, missing the first five games of the season with a broken fibula. McDonald played in eight games, but suffered a thumb injury that kept him out for four weeks. Those injuries didn’t necessarily keep Curtis and McDonald out for the whole season, but they might as well have.

            The injuries even slowed down Curtis and McDonald...
            -08-18-2005, 01:59 PM
          • RamWraith
            Did you know Curtis didn't play because...
            by RamWraith
            Rams | Curtis Expected to Return - from www.KFFL.com
            Mon, 13 Sep 2004 17:18:23 -0700

            St. Louis Rams WR Kevin Curtis (shin splints) is expected to play in Week 2 after sitting out the team's Week 1 game with shin splints.
            -09-13-2004, 05:03 PM
          • HUbison
            Curtis, McDonald Make Rams More Dangerous
            by HUbison
            Curtis, McDonald Make Rams More Dangerous

            By Nick Wagoner
            Senior Writer

            Ever since the 1999 Rams emerged on the scene as the “Greatest Show on Turf,” they have been known for their two outstanding receivers.

            The combination of Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt might be one of the best the league has ever seen over a five-year span, but the dynamic duo might be on its way to becoming the NFL’s most explosive barbershop quartet.

            Ask anyone around Rams Park these days the biggest reason for optimism heading into this season and the answer will invariably involve the myriad possibilities of the offense. Those possibilities might not be so endless were it not for the emergence and development of the perfect compliments to the St. Louis version of Batman and Robin.

            Kevin Curtis and Shaun McDonald didn’t just arrive on the scene last season; they ran through it like world-class sprinters hopped up on Red Bull. Ask the Seattle Seahawks what they remember about their first meeting with the Rams last season and Nos. 83 and 84 will probably be mentioned followed by a slew of words that aren’t suitable for print.

            “I am real excited about the receivers, Kevin (Curtis), (Shaun) McDonald, everybody,” coach Mike Martz said. “It brings back a lot of memories from some of the guys we had in the past. They are just playing now. That’s when it’s fun is when you can come out here and do something and they know exactly what to do. You just start moving guys around in stuff we haven’t done in a while. You give them some creativity in their shifts and their moves and they are just like robots. They line up in man to man coverage and have different ways on a particular route to beat a guy.”

            In fact, the memories came rushing back to Martz so quickly that he goofed up on one of the opening days of training camp, asking “Trent” to take the team out of the huddle. Of course, by Trent he was referring to Trent Green, but he was actually talking to quarterback Marc Bulger.

            Excuse Martz if he is having flashbacks to the days when Az-zahir Hakim and Ricky Proehl flanked Bruce and Holt in catching passes from an accurate quarterback with a quick release. Substitute Curtis and McDonald for Hakim and Proehl and Bulger for Green and the ingredients are in place for an offensive tour de force in St. Louis.

            The Rams spent the better part of a year waiting for Curtis and McDonald to get with the system. Unfortunately, both suffered through miserable, injury-plagued rookie seasons.

            Curtis played in four games in 2003, missing the first five games of the season with a broken fibula. McDonald played in eight games, but suffered a thumb injury that kept him out for four weeks. Those injuries didn’t necessarily keep Curtis and McDonald out for the whole season, but they might as well have.

            The injuries even slowed down Curtis...
            -08-02-2005, 10:00 AM
          • RamWraith
            Curtis, McDonald look to contribute to Rams offense
            by RamWraith
            Associated Press


            ST. LOUIS - For the first time since their rookie years, Kevin Curtis and Shaun McDonald are healthy and looking to contribute to the St. Louis Rams offense.

            Both were drafted in 2003 - Curtis in the third round out of Utah State and McDonald in the fourth round from Arizona State.

            The Rams believe the duo can be the replacements they have been seeking for Az-Zahir Hakim and Ricky Proehl.

            Coach Mike Martz is happy to have both healthy and ready to go this season. He envisions using both in his wide-open offense.

            "I think they have a full grasp of what we're doing," Martz said. "You can put them anywhere you want - inside or outside or wherever. It's a great feeling to have those two guys."

            The expectations have been high for both players since they joined the club. Unfortunately, both receivers sustained setbacks in their rookie year because of injuries.

            Curtis, 5-foot-11 and 186 pounds with terrific hands, suffered a broken fibula and missed the first five games. McDonald broke a thumb and missed four games. Curtis saw action in just four games, catching four passes for 13 yards in 2003. McDonald, a 5-10, 183-pound speed merchant, played in 10 games, grabbing 10 catches for 62 yards.

            In their second season, both contributed more to the offense while still trying to get completely healthy and learn the offense. Overall, Curtis ended last season with 32 catches for 434 yards and two touchdowns. McDonald caught 37 passes for 494 yards and three touchdowns.

            Both players came on strong at the end of last season for the Rams.

            In the wild 33-27 comeback victory in overtime at Seattle, Curtis caught a 41-yard touchdown pass that pulled the Rams within 27-24. In the NFC Wild Card victory over Seattle, Curtis caught four passes for 107 yards. In the next playoff game, a loss at Atlanta, Curtis filled in for Bruce, who was injured. Curtis made the most of his chance and hauled in seven passes, good for 128 yards including a 57-yard touchdown reception.

            "I feel I like made progress especially towards the end of the year," Curtis said. "I was in the mix there. Now, I want to take it to the next level. I want to make plays for this team."

            McDonald also made some big catches down the stretch last season for St. Louis. He caught a 31-yard pass in the playoff game against Seattle that came just before tight end Cam Cleeland's 17-yard touchdown reception that was the game-winner.

            "I got in some big plays last year and I keep trying to prove that I belong out there," McDonald said.

            In this offseason, McDonald had surgery on his left knee as he had his meniscus scoped.

            "This is probably the healthiest I've felt in camp," McDonald said. "My knee is 100 per...
            -08-04-2005, 10:27 AM
          • laram0
            Kevin Curtis
            by laram0
            Last Sunday Reed was used as the Kick off returner. I checked the most recent Rams depth chart and Curtis is listed as #1 with Reed being #2 KR.

            Has anyone heard or read how this is going to play out ?
            -09-16-2006, 03:12 PM
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