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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Why the Rams need help at receiver

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Rams Receiver Career Receptions
Donnie Avery
53
Keenan Burton
13
Derek Stanley
6
Chad Lucas
5
Joel Filani
0
Travis Brown
0
Nate Jones
0
Total 77

Rams general manager Billy Devaney has joked about installing a wishbone offense in acknowleding how badly the team could use help at receiver.

It's not that the Rams have far fewer receivers than most teams. They are carrying seven. NFL teams are carrying 7.5 on average. No team has fewer than six.

Production is the issue. The Rams' current receivers have 77 receptions in regular-season NFL games.

Arizona's third receiver, Steve Breaston, caught that many passes last season alone. Seattle's T.J. Houshmandzadeh has 507 career receptions. Arizona's Anquan Boldin (502) and Larry Fitzgerald (426) are close behind.

Former Rams receivers Isaac Bruce (1,003) and Torry Holt (869) have 1,872 combined receptions and 14 combined seasons with at least 77 receptions. Past receptions aren't going to help the Rams in 2009, but this team clearly needs more firepower at the position.