St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford throws the football in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on September 8, 2013. St. Louis won the game 27-24. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Rams Daryl Richardson fights for extra yardage late in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on September 8, 2013. St. Louis won the game 27-24. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
By KMOV Web Producer
(FootballStL) -- Last week it was Jared Cook with the big game. Seven catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Next week it could be someone else. The next it could even be someone different who blows up on the field.
The NFL only allows you to play with 11 guys at a time and the math doesn’t work very well when trying to make 11 guys double cover all the skill players on offense.
So because it was the new tight end who happened to be targeted a team high 10 times against Arizona that means it’s likely Atlanta will have something special cooked up - no pun intended - to ensure he doesn’t torch them like he did the Cardinals.
Does that worry the Rams and quarterback Sam Bradford? Not in the slightest.
“Teams are going to look at who they want to try and stop and who they’re going to game plan for,” Bradford said. “You can only double (team) so many people. If they want to double (Jared) Cook this week that’s going to leave a lot of singles out there for Chris (Givens), Tavon (Austin), (Austin Pettis) so I think you’re going to see the ball spread around quite a bit this year.”
Givens said after the game this past Sunday that the Cardinals were working very hard to make sure he did not burn them over the top with his speed. He believes that played a part in opening things up for Cook and Tavon Austin underneath.
Translation: If the Falcons spend a little more time worried about Cook and Austin underneath, that in essence could open things back up for Givens over the top.