(KMOV)-- This might be the most impressive crop of free agent receivers I’ve ever seen in a Rams training camp. For starters, there’s #83 Brandon McRae from Mississippi State. He’s big at 6-3 and 208 pounds and very polished. He broke his leg the last game of his junior season and it affected him in 2009. If he was healthy last year he likely would have been drafted. I think he could challenge for a roster spot come September.
And #15 Dominique Curry from Division 2 California University of Pennsylvania has been impressive too. He’s not as polished as McRae but you expect that from guys from smaller schools. But he’s got great size at 6-2 and 224 pounds and has very good hands.
I really like how well Rodger Saffold is pass blocking in one on one drills. I’ll wait to see how he does against James Hall and Chris Long but as Jim Hanifan likes to say, Saffold is a knee bender. That is, he has great knee bend and is balanced in his pass set. The great pass blockers like Orlando Pace make it look almost effortless. At times, I’ve seen the same thing from the rookie. Time will tell though. It’s early.
Most in the media believe that Mardy Gilyard (yes, Mardy with a “d”) will take the kickoff and punt return duties away from Danny Amendola. Not so fast. Yes, Gilyard was great in those roles in college but Amendola is tough, smart and gets up the field AND secures the ball. I think Gilyard’s immediate impact will be as a slot receiver. He’s quicker than he is fast and should be able to create separation in the slot. Based on his college performance, I’m not sure he’ll be able to get off the line of scrimmage against physical cornerbacks who play press coverage.