Rams rookie might be ready to get more playing time
St. Louis Rams fourth-round pick wide receiver Mardy Gilyard catches a pass during rookie NFL football minicamp Friday, April 30, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Rams top-draft pick quarterback Sam Bradford, left, throws a pass to fourth-round pick, wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, right, during rookie football mini-camp Friday, April 30, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
By Afton Spriggs
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, left, talks with wide receiver Mardy Gilyard after practice at a team minicamp, Thursday, June 10, 2010, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- There's a good reason Mardy Gilyard has yet to get much playing time for the wide receiver-needy St. Louis Rams. He's still learning the plays.
The fourth-round pick out of Cincinnati got a late start because his class didn't graduate until June, missed some training camp time due to injury and is the backup at three spots for the Rams (0-2). That's a lot to absorb, so much that quarterback Sam Bradford approached Gilyard last week and asked why he had been indecisive in his routes.
Gilyard has been the primary kickoff return man, averaging 25.3 yards and showing he's fearless.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)