The St. Louis Rams have said time and time again that they were going to get more weapons for Sam Bradford in 2011. During the offseason they drafted two wide receivers and a tight end. Then in free agency they went out and signed a wide receiver and added two competent running backs. Now they have done it again by going out and re-signing Wide Receiver Mark Clayton to a free agent contract.
The addition of Mark Clayton to the Rams roster is certainly adding more firepower to the Rams roster, but it will come later in the season. The Rams signed Clayton and placed him on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List. What that means is Clayton will not be able to play, or more importantly practice, with the team for the first six weeks of the season.
The roster move for Clayton does not affect who the Rams will keep on the 53 man roster because he does not count against that number. What it will force is a decision midway through the season where one of the receivers who initially makes the team will most likely be forced off the roster.
Clayton was clearly the best receiver on the field for the first half of the season for the Rams. Before he injured his knee against the Detroit Lions, Clayton was leading the team in receptions and yardage. Clayton was the first receiver that clearly had chemistry with the rookie quarterback, Sam Bradford. Hopefully that chemistry can continue into 2011.
Where the Clayton move leaves the Rams on their decision making at the wide receiver position is definitely up in the air now. Will the Rams keep their rookie draft picks? Will the Rams keep often injured Danario Alexander. Does Mardy Gilyard have any chance? These questions will start to be hashed out by the weekend. Either way the Rams roster continues to get better. Mark Clayton is a great addition by the Rams front office.
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