The Los Angeles Rams find themselves banged up at two of the weakest positions on the roster. Rookie fourth-round pick WR Pharoh Cooper is doubtful for Sunday while rookie local sensation WR Nelson Spruce and starting CB E.J. Gaines have officially been ruled out for the game versus the Seattle Seahawks. Is it time to finally start looking for some help?
Well, Spruce should be back week three versus the Tampa Buccaneers but as far as Gaines and Cooper go we don’t really know. There just so happens to be a Wide receiver who played for the Rams in three games last year and his name is Chris Givens. Remember him? Yeah, where did he go? Well let’s just say Givens was dealt in the weirdest way as Fisher had Givens shipped off to the Baltimore Ravens who in return sent the Rams a pick they have yet to receive that will be available in 2018 and it’s just a seventh-rounder. Whether Givens is still offended the Rams traded him for a 2018 seventh-round pick or not the bottom line is that the Rams may need to give him another shot and Givens might need to swallow his pride and come back to the Rams since he doesn’t even find himself on a team at the moment.
Givens believe it or not has the more receiving yards (1,779) than the Wide receiver kept over him, Brian Quick (958). Givens is somewhat familiar with the offense even though it was Frank Cignetti’s offense when he was with the Rams. Givens would provide another deep threat next to Kenny Britt as he can stretch the field with his 4.41 speed. Right now it looks as though Givens would fill a need since rookie WR Mike Thomas clearly only made the team cause of special teams and isn’t ready to contribute on the offense yet, the Rams don’t use Bradley Marquez much and Quick is constantly on the field as a non-factor who can’t create separation down field. Givens seems like the best option the Rams could have for the short-term. If a Givens and Rams reunion isn’t in the cards here are the other veteran WR’s that are available:
Rueben Randle 25-years old 6-foot-2 208 pounds
Marlon Brown 25-years old 6-foot-5 214 pounds
Aaron Dobson 25-years old 6-foot-3 205 pounds
Leonard Hankerson 28-year-old 6-foot-2 211 pounds
Another option? Well, the Rams could go in-house and look to promote WR Paul McRoberts off the practice squad. McRoberts was a receiver many thought could sneak onto the 53-man roster. He however didn’t but did land on the practice squad. McRoberts obviously has the ideal frame of a big-play receiver at 6-foot-3. He could use some bulking up but McRoberts has the height and seems to catch whatever is thrown at him. While maybe not the sexy idea for some McRoberts wouldn’t cost much and would mean the Rams could add a guy like Duke Williams or Austin Hill to the practice squad.
So we covered the Wide receivers a little bit but what about Cornerbacks? If you saw the Monday Night Football debacle then you probably are aware that Coty Sensabaugh isn’t going to cut it as the starter next to Trumaine Johnson. With Gaines out that unfortunately leaves Sensabaugh the starter. You have to wonder at this point if Gaines is going to continue to be this injury-prone. You also have to be ready for anything in the NFL including if Gaines never is able to stay healthy. There unfortunately is not much for free agent Cornerbacks so I would probably recommend another in-house option off the practice squad Mike Jordan.
If the struggling ensues there is no doubt Sensabaugh needs to take a back seat to either Troy Hill or Steve Williams and some changes will need to be made.