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Rams expect more from rookie WR Avery

9/18/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams have worked rookie receiver Donnie Avery into the game plan more extensively this week, coach Scott Linehan said. Avery is healthier than he's been and the Rams are hurting at the position without Drew Bennett and Keenan Burton.

Linehan on Avery: "He is really going to play both positions, X and Z at times. We factored in a significant amount of plays for him and depending on what we are doing, we will move him around. He can play all three spots. When you prepare for a game, you can put a guy in certain spots, depending on the play, because you are specifically game planning."

Avery has very good speed. He's a rookie and a raw one, so the Rams weren't expecting to lean on him much this season. But with the offense sputtering and receiver depth an issue, Avery figures to get a few chances against a Seattle defense that has allowed long pass plays more regularly than expected this season.

The 49ers' Isaac Bruce and the Bills' Lee Evans beat Seattle for gains of 63, 41, 33, 32 and 27 yards. Torry Holt caught a 45-yarder for the Rams against the Giants in Week 2.