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    be the starting returner this season? Gilyard or Amendola?
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    Mardy Gilyard
    52.54%
    31
    Danny Amendola
    47.46%
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  • #2
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    it's hard for me to pick, because Danny showed GREAT potential last year, and Gilyard was a beast in college and has GREAT speed.

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    • #3
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      Man, that's a tough one. One thing about Danny is that on kickoffs he takes it right up the gut more often than not. Upfield - no fear- even after that horrible collision that knocked him out and kept him out a few games. Danny's got the heart of a lion even though size wise he's closer to a bobcat.

      We haven't seen Mardy return kicks at the NFL level yet, but I'm sure we will during preseason games. Hopefully there will be enough room on the roster for both guys, but we'll just have to wait and see. My guess is that if Mardy can establish himself as the starter at the slot position from the get go, Danny will remain the k/o man. Mardy could end up returning punts as well, and would obviously be a credible backup should Danny get dinged again. Another option would be to have them both on the field now and then to prevent kickers from trying to kick away from the returner. One thing's sure, it's a nice problem to have as opposed to a few years ago ..

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      • #4
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        I say lets put both of them on the field and let the kicker pray for a touch back every time..

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        • #5
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          I'd put ammnedola on kick returns and gilyard on punt returns. Just my $0.02.

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by MauiRam View Post
            Man, that's a tough one. One thing about Danny is that on kickoffs he takes it right up the gut more often than not. Upfield - no fear- even after that horrible collision that knocked him out and kept him out a few games. Danny's got the heart of a lion even though size wise he's closer to a bobcat.

            We haven't seen Mardy return kicks at the NFL level yet, but I'm sure we will during preseason games. Hopefully there will be enough room on the roster for both guys, but we'll just have to wait and see. My guess is that if Mardy can establish himself as the starter at the slot position from the get go, Danny will remain the k/o man. Mardy could end up returning punts as well, and would obviously be a credible backup should Danny get dinged again. Another option would be to have them both on the field now and then to prevent kickers from trying to kick away from the returner. One thing's sure, it's a nice problem to have as opposed to a few years ago ..
            Originally posted by unorthodox1999 View Post
            I say lets put both of them on the field and let the kicker pray for a touch back every time..
            I agree, I haven't thought about that, but you can't put both in on a punt return.

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by C-Mob 71 View Post
              I'd put ammnedola on kick returns and gilyard on punt returns. Just my $0.02.
              I second that

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              • #8
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                id play the best player

                Man I hope Amendola sticks, but if he can't crack our 53 man roster, later bro. This is arguably his best chance to crack a receiving line up in the league. Can't do it here its hard to do so elsewhere. 1-15 teams can't afford sympathy.

                LET THE BEST MEN PLAY BALL.

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                • #9
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                  Amendola is a good returner, but he hasn't shown much elusiveness on returns. His main form of attack is to run it straight up the gut.

                  This isn't a bad idea, but returners also have to be shifty, and have good elusive skills, and most importantly, use them.


                  Gilyard on the other hand, looks like he can be that "elusive" returner.

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                  • #10
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                    Amendola. We haven't had a returner with his skill since Az-zahir Hakim, and Danny doesn't fumble like Hakim did.

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by Goldenfleece View Post
                      Amendola. We haven't had a returner with his skill since Az-zahir Hakim, and Danny doesn't fumble like Hakim did.
                      Oh c'mon, 22 fumbles isn't.. wait that's bad, move along now, nothing to see here folks.


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                      • #12
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                        Percy harvin made a huge impact for the vikes in the return game that was the reason they won some games. But it does mean he is going be getting hit more. Everyone knows it only takes one good shot to end a career or season. Mainly being season cause we have been gettin our ass kicked in wide reciever injuries for years now dating back to the reason holt slowed down so much.

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                        • #13
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                          Marty is not as good as Percy but should be as good or better than Amendola.

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                          • #14
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                            I hate to say it but I dont even thin Amendola will make the team. The guy has heart but if Gilyard is what he looks like, he replaces Amendola and I think that leaves Amendola off the roster.
                            Aim high Willis, Aim High!

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                            • #15
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                              On opening day, I'll say Amendola.

                              After the bye week, all bets are off.

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                              • MauiRam
                                Amendola or Gilyard (or both) on returns?
                                by MauiRam
                                BY JIM THOMAS | Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 9:40 am

                                One of the few unknowns entering regular-season play for the St. Louis Rams is the return game. Will it be Danny Amendola returning punts and kickoffs? Or rookie Mardy Gilyard? Or some combination of both against the Arizona Cardinals?

                                Special teams coordinator Tom McMahon isn't telling.

                                "They don't know who our kick or punt returner is going to be," he said. "So it's definitely a luxury from a game plan standpoint. But at the same time, in house, you've got some guys -- three guys -- that you can rely on."

                                (Newly acquired Mark Clayton also has some return experience.)

                                "The more returners you have, the harder it usually makes it on your opponent," McMahon said, adding that he's not entirely sure who the Cardinals will have returning kickoffs and punts, either.

                                McMahon didn't rule out the possibility that he might even mix in different return guys during the game.

                                During the preseason, Amendola averaged 25.3 yards on six punt returns, with 93 of those yards coming on a return for a touchdown against Minnesota. Gilyard was very good as well, averaging 14.4 yards on five returns.

                                The kickoff return numbers were more pedestrian in the preseason, with Gilyard averaging 23.4 yards (on nine returns) and Amendola, 21.4 yards (on five returns).

                                McMahon likes what he has seen so far from Gilyard, a fourth-round draft pick from Cincinnati. "Great vision in my opinion," McMahon said. "I think he's got real good courage. He's got pretty good ball skills. Surprised me _ he was only a punt returner for a year, and his tracking and catch ability with punts is much better than I thought it was coming out of college."
                                -09-10-2010, 09:37 AM
                              • Nick
                                Gilyard, Amendola compete for same jobs
                                by Nick
                                Gilyard, Amendola compete for same jobs
                                BY BILL COATS | Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010 12:25 am

                                Training camp has just begun, but Danny Amendola and rookie Mardy Gilyard already are immersed in two of the most intriguing competitions at Rams Park.

                                They're not only trying to earn one of the five or six roster spots available among the 10 wide receivers on hand, they're also striving to nail down the job as the team's top return man. That promises to be a spirited tussle.

                                "I think it'll be a good battle; you hope you have that kind of competition every year," special-teams coach Tom McMahon said. "There's no question that both guys deserve the opportunity to be that returner."

                                The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Amendola was signed off Philadelphia's practice squad in Week 3 last season. He wound up leading the NFL in kickoff returns (66), kickoff-return yardage (1,618 yards) and total return yards (1,978).

                                All three of those marks were franchise records, as was his combined kick and punt returns (97). Overall, Amendola averaged 24.5 yards per kickoff return and 11.6 yards per punt return.

                                "I can be a lot better," said Amendola, who spent the 2008 season on Dallas' practice squad before landing with the Eagles. "I can score more touchdowns. I didn't take any back last year. That's the big goal try to put points on the board."

                                Gilyard, 5-11 and 194, took five returns to the end zone during his career at the University of Cincinnati. He averaged 28.6 yards on 93 kickoff returns that average ranks 12th in NCAA history and 11.8 yards on 22 punt returns.

                                "We know they're both skilled," coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "We've got to get Mardy in an NFL game first to see really what we've got. We know what Danny can do."

                                Even understanding that there might not be room for both players on the final roster, Amendola insisted that he welcomed the competition.

                                "Oh, without a doubt; I love it," he said. "It's what makes everybody better, that pressure for a spot and competing. ... My main goal is to try to find a role on this team and try to fulfill it the best I can."

                                optimism on defense

                                Despite coming off a season in which the Rams gave up more points (436) than all but one other team, defensive coordinator Ken Flajole is brimming with optimism.

                                "We're light-years ahead of where we were at this time last year," Flajole said. "We've got work to do; I can't lie to you. But I really like the way our guys are working, and I like the progress we've made."

                                A second year into the new system that came with the new coaching staff, "I notice we play faster and we have a better understanding of the scheme," Flajole said. "There's a lot of work in front...
                                -08-02-2010, 07:18 AM
                              • MauiRam
                                Amendola figures to get more playing time
                                by MauiRam
                                BY JIM THOMAS Monday, August 30, 2010 12:15 am

                                The season-ending knee injury to Donnie Avery could mean an extra dose of White Chocolate for the Rams' wide receiver corps.

                                Mardy Gilyard, the free-spirited rookie wideout, has a nickname for just about everybody. And White Chocolate is his moniker for Danny Amendola.

                                The rest of the wide receivers, Gilyard explains, are sugar cookies. "We bring the sweet portion to the game," he said. "So if you bring one lone chocolate chip, and place it in a single sugar cookie, how much would that chocolate chip stand out? Get my drift?"

                                Kind of. Although he approves of the nickname, and takes it as a compliment, Amendola shakes his head at the World According to Gilyard.

                                "Mardy's going to have a TV show I'm pretty sure one of these days," Amendola said. "He's a character. But he definitely can keep the room light, I guess you could say."

                                In any event, it looks like Amendola gets the first crack at replacing Avery in the starting lineup opposite Laurent Robinson. Amendola already was playing a lot as the slot receiver in three-receiver sets, but this would basically put him on the field for every play on offense.

                                The Rams didn't make a lot of personnel changes at wide receiver over the offseason. Much of their hope at the position lies in developing young returning players, many of whom got their first taste of extended NFL playing time last season.

                                Amendola, for one, looks like he has elevated his game from last season, when he caught 43 passes for 326 yards in 14 games. (He was signed off the Philadelphia practice squad Sept. 22.)

                                "I tell you, he's a competitor," coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "He's got a little cut between his fingers so he just wraps it up."

                                Actually, it's more than a little cut. Amendola needed six stitches to close a cut in the webbing between two fingers on his left hand. His fingers were split catching a fastball from quarterback Sam Bradford against New England. Amendola didn't even know he was hurt until he looked down and noticed one of his receiving gloves was bloody.

                                "You've got to kind of keep him from hurting himself," Spagnuolo said. "He just wants to go, go, go, which is a good problem to have. I love the way he plays and competes. ... I think it's great for our team, and the other guys see it, too. And I think they feed off of it."

                                Although he primarily has played the slot during training camp, Amendola learned all the wide receiver positions last year. So he should be able to step right into Avery's flanker spot in two-receiver sets.

                                The question mark right now is finding that third wide receiver. Gilyard, a fourth-round draft pick from Cincinnati, could get the first crack at the job if he shows he has a good...
                                -08-30-2010, 12:29 AM
                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Receiver Has Shot To Boost His Role
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                Receiver has shot to boost his role

                                BY JIM THOMAS
                                Monday, August 30, 2010


                                The season-ending knee injury to Donnie Avery could mean an extra dose of White Chocolate for the Rams' wide receiver corps.

                                Mardy Gilyard, the free-spirited rookie wideout, has a nickname for just about everybody. And White Chocolate is his moniker for Danny Amendola.

                                The rest of the wide receivers, Gilyard explains, are sugar cookies. "We bring the sweet portion to the game," he said. "So if you bring one lone chocolate chip, and place it in a single sugar cookie, how much would that chocolate chip stand out? Get my drift?"

                                Kind of. Although he approves of the nickname, and takes it as a compliment, Amendola shakes his head at the World According to Gilyard.

                                "Mardy's going to have a TV show I'm pretty sure one of these days," Amendola said. "He's a character. But he definitely can keep the room light, I guess you could say."

                                In any event, it looks like Amendola gets the first crack at replacing Avery in the starting lineup opposite Laurent Robinson. Amendola already was playing a lot as the slot receiver in three-receiver sets, but this would basically put him on the field for every play on offense.

                                The Rams didn't make a lot of personnel changes at wide receiver over the offseason. Much of their hope at the position lies in developing young returning players, many of whom got their first taste of extended NFL playing time last season.

                                Amendola, for one, looks like he has elevated his game from last season, when he caught 43 passes for 326 yards in 14 games. (He was signed off the Philadelphia practice squad Sept. 22.)

                                "I tell you, he's a competitor," coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "He's got a little cut between his fingers so he just wraps it up."

                                Actually, it's more than a little cut. Amendola needed six stitches to close a cut in the webbing between two fingers on his left hand. His fingers were split catching a fastball from quarterback Sam Bradford against New England. Amendola didn't even know he was hurt until he looked down and noticed one of his receiving gloves was bloody.

                                "You've got to kind of keep him from hurting himself," Spagnuolo said. "He just wants to go, go, go, which is a good problem to have. I love the way he plays and competes. ... I think it's great for our team, and the other guys see it, too. And I think they feed off of it."

                                Although he primarily has played the slot during training camp, Amendola learned all the wide receiver positions last year. So he should be able to step right into Avery's flanker spot in two-receiver sets.

                                The question mark right now is finding that third wide receiver. Gilyard, a fourth-round draft pick from Cincinnati, could...
                                -08-30-2010, 07:50 PM
                              • FestusRam
                                Return guy?
                                by FestusRam
                                Anyone have any idea who our return guy will be now that Gilyard was cut.

                                He returned just about everything in the preseason so who will take his place? Will Amendola keep the job from last season? I haven't even seen Norwood return anything so I have no idea what their plans are with him, besides 3RB ofcourse.
                                -09-04-2011, 12:06 PM
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