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Around the NFC West: No Rams WR trade

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are not pursuing San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson. Mark Clayton's emergence gives rookie quarterback Sam Bradford a reliable target. The team could still use more of a downfield threat, but at what price? The Rams would have to part with a valuable draft choice -- and loads of cash -- to make a deal for a suspended player.

Also from Thomas: The Rams try to keep the faith after a rough start to the season. This team is already running out of players at some positions.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Mardy Gilyard should be starting at receiver for the Rams. Miklasz: "Gilyard isn't a burner; he won't win track meets. But Gilyard has the ability to elude defenders and make them miss. He has the potential to take a short pass and juke it for a longer gain. He could be a playmaker if given an opportunity. So why is the kid being given a redshirt season, at least so far? Same with the rookie tight end, Fendi Onobun. He may have to play some now, simply because the Rams are so banged up at the position. And sure, Onobun is raw. But he's also a 6-6, 250-pound target with real athletic ability and above-average speed and agility for a big man." Onobun has to get some playing time, it seems, now that Billy Bajema is injured. I know the Rams expected Onobun to have a role in the offense this season, at least until fellow rookie Mike Hoomanawanui overtook Onobun as the most intriguing young tight end in camp. Hoomanawanui is also out with an injury. The coaching staff could conceivably see playing some rookies as more of a long-term move. They could think playing veterans gives them a better chance to win in the very short term.

Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com says the Rams' options are limited.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com offers his weekly player-by-player review of the 49ers, noting that the offensive line dominated against New Orleans. On Alex Smith: "Overall, it was probably Smith's best showing. He set a career-high with 12 straight completions. He completed 23 of 32 passes for 275 yards with one TD and two interceptions. He made plays with his arm and legs on the final drive. One of the interceptions was the result of a bad throw. His throw intended for Gore was high and wide, Gore got only a hand on it and deflected it to Roman Harper, who made the pick."

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers lost Diyral Briggs to the Broncos' practice squad.

Also from Barrows: The 49ers are emphasizing the positive after their Monday night defeat.

The 49ers' website offers a transcript from Mike Singletary's news conference Tuesday.

Eric Branch of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat looks at how Singletary is managing his emotions.

Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat thinks the 49ers should unleash Smith a little bit more. Cohn: "The Niners need to score points. Because they are so conservative, so prissy about the whole thing, they leave a ton of points on the field or unspoken for or never even attempted. Without enough points, you just don't win games -- see the 49ers vs. Seattle and New Orleans. On their second offensive series against the Saints, the 49ers ran Gore up the middle for five, ran Gore off right tackle for three, and did that direct-snap thing to Brian Westbrook and he ran up the middle for zilch. All of which resulted in a punt. In my notebook I wrote, 'Where was the pass?' I was pressing my pen into my notebook hard at that point. My penmanship showed more daring than the play calling." The Wildcat call was indeed puzzling. Westbrook up the gut on third down? Teams with faith in their quarterbacks want the ball in his hands in key situations.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says Singletary's news conference felt like a therapy session.

David White of the San Francisco Chronicle says Singletary's vow to lay off officials was short-lived.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider offers a few game-related observations from Monday night.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the progress Seattle made in Week 2 did not show on the scoreboard. O'Neil: "Seattle's offensive and defensive lines did better than hold up at the line of scrimmage in Denver. They controlled it. This wasn't another instance of Seattle getting flattened like roadkill. Maybe that's because Denver started two rookies on the offensive line and its defense features a relatively anonymous front seven. Or maybe -- just maybe -- it was a sign of progress for a team bullied so often the past two seasons." Seattle's defense definitely controlled the line of scrimmage most of the time. The offensive is protecting Matt Hasselbeck far better than I would have expected.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says the team's run defense remained strong in Week 2 largely because Brandon Mebane played well. Kentwan Balmer also had a decent game on defense for Seattle.

Rod Mar of seahawks.com offers photos from the Week 2 trip to Denver.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks want to make opposing offenses one-dimensional by stopping the run and limiting big plays.

Also from Williams: Golden Tate is the Seahawks' new punt returner.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks' Ben Hamilton will start at guard over Mike Gibson.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are sticking with Derek Anderson even though the offense has struggled and six other teams have made performance-based quarterback changes during games this season. Somers: "The Cardinals are betting heavily on the ability of Whisenhunt and his offensive staff to smooth Anderson's roughest edge: his inaccuracy. A career 53 percent passer, Anderson possesses a strong arm that lacks touch. He can make throws few NFL quarterbacks can make, and misses some that nearly every NFL quarterback can make. Two games into the season, Anderson has displayed that powerful arm, a nagging tendency to miss open receivers and a toughness that has won over coaches and teammates."

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic checks in with Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says injured rookie O'Brien Schofield thinks he can help the Cardinals this season.

Also from Urban: The Cardinals signed linebacker Alex Hall from their practice squad.

More from Urban: Will Davis misses Cody Brown, whose release came as a "shock" even though Brown hadn't shown much.