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Rams wide-outs must fight for their place on the roster

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St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander takes a knee on the sideline during NFL football training camp Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at the team's training facility in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander takes a knee on the sideline during NFL football training camp Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at the team's training facility in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson

(KMOV) -- During the fourth and final Rams preseason game I'll be looking to see who's going to standout regarding the receiving corps.

I don't think the Rams would have re-signed wide receiver Mark Clayton Wednesday unless they plan on him making the team.  So with that said, which 'on the bubble' receiver is going to step up Thursday in Jacksonville to assure himself a spot on the opening day roster; Danario Alexander needs to be that wide-out.  His size and ability to stretch the defense is uncanny, however it seems the five surgeries on the same knee is finally taking its toll. 

Last week's game against the Chiefs, "DX" had a couple of dropped passes and when you're competing for a roster spot up against a guy who runs a 4.3 in Donnie Avery, and Mardy Gilyard who also plays special teams, you can't afford to drop balls.

It seems Steven Jackson's back-up will be Cadillac Williams.  He and Jerious Norwood have been battling for that second spot but all signs point to the former Auburn Tiger, Willaims emerging as the back-up.  Thursday, both will see a fair chunk of time and I'd like to see Norwood rack up some yards, especially long runs.  Because of his speed, the ex-Mississippi State Bulldog has that 'homerun threat' ability, which will be seen this year I promise you that. 
 
Mizzou fans will get a look at former Tiger Blaine Gabbert Thursday.  The Jaguars selected the St. Louisan 10th overall in April's draft and thus far it appears he'll serve as David Garrard's back-up; at least right now.  Gabbert has completed half of his 52 passes for over 230 yards, one touchdown,  and one interception.  His passer rating of 60.8 is the same as David Garrards'.

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