- Josh Weinfuss, ESPN Staff Writer
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When Sam Bradford returns to the field in 2014, he could find himself with a bevy of options to throw to.
The St. Louis Rams may be looking to add another target to its already stout arsenal of receivers, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Schefter reported Wednesday morning that Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins will visit the Rams on Monday and then St. Louis will hold a private workout with him on April 18. The Rams have already upgraded their receiving corps with the signing of Kenny Britt but adding Watkins would propel the Rams' receivers into the upper echelon of the league's pass-catching units.
And St. Louis needs it. Watkins caught 101 passes for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the Tigers.
After losing Bradford after seven games to a torn left ACL, the Rams went on to post the 27th best passing offense per game and were ranked 22nd in passing yards per play. That’ll naturally improve with Bradford’s return, but adding Watkins to a lineup that already includes Tavon Austin, Austin Pettis, Chris Givens and Britt, as well as tight ends Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks, would make the Rams as dangerous as any team in the league on any given play.
It'd also be another building block for the future. With the exception of Cook and Britt, the longest-tenured Rams of that group listed above are Kendricks and Pettis, who've both been in the league for three years.
With Bradford surely wanting to impress in his return to the field -- and with the arms race in the NFC West heating up seemingly by the day -- a receiver like Watkins would just be another weapon in an already improving cache.