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Donnie Avery is running sub 4.4 forties again

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The Rams could be in the mix for a veteran wide receiver in free agency this year, but the position has already improved this offseason.

The team drafted Austin Pettis and Greg Salas in the middle rounds, and they will get the highest drafted wideout from the 2008 draft back in the mix. After missing all of last season with a torn ACL, Donnie Avery ran a 4.34 forty last week.

Avery says he’s not all the way recovered from the injury yet, but he sounds pretty close.  He’s participated in the players-only workouts at Lindenwood University this week.  For rehabbing players like Avery, the lockout isn’t so bad.

“It’s been a great thing for me,” Avery told Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, laughing. “I didn’t want to miss OTAs, but the lockout is postponing them so it’s given me more time to be healthy.”

Avery figures to play a big role for the Rams if he’s healthy.  Danny Amendola has earned a big role.  Mark Clayton is expected to be brought back. With Danario Alexander, Pettis, Salas, Brandon Gibson, and Marty Gilyard all in the mix, the Rams will have an interesting scrum for playing time.

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13 Responses to “Donnie Avery is running sub 4.4 forties again”
  1. killxswitch says: May 26, 2011 10:12 AM

    Lots of potential weapons for Sam Bradford. The Rams and Lions are both primed for significant improvement next season (if there is one).

  2. sterilizecromartie says: May 26, 2011 11:08 AM

    Mark Clayton will be the man if he can stay healthy next season.

  3. mddare007 says: May 26, 2011 12:23 PM

    Is Gilyard looking like a decent prospect?

  4. cosmoman11 says: May 26, 2011 12:27 PM

    Gilyard will be gone.

  5. trbowman says: May 26, 2011 12:31 PM

    Brandon Gibson – Welcome to DC!

  6. canetic says: May 26, 2011 12:39 PM

    I don’t see a lot of job applications that ask how fast you can run in the 40. The players might want to think about that soon.

  7. killxswitch says: May 26, 2011 12:51 PM

    canetic says: May 26, 2011 12:39 PM

    I don’t see a lot of job applications that ask how fast you can run in the 40. The players might want to think about that soon.
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    You’ve apparently never looked at a Raiders job application.

  8. parasonic says: May 26, 2011 1:07 PM

    Austin Pettis has potential for being a huge success. I really wanted the skins to draft him. Yea, Titus Young got all the hype from the combine and Senior Bowl but Pettis was the possession guy at BSU. He even blocked kicks and punts off the edge. Those little things really translate in the NFL. Bradford should be psyched for this season with Avery coming back. Not to mention the Rams have a ton of youth that will be hungry to prove something. Totally agree with all the comments about the Lions and Rams being on the up and up.

  9. sowcrates says: May 26, 2011 1:10 PM

    Health is a huge “if” for the St Louis Rams, but Avery, Clayton, and perhaps even Laurent Robinson (left off Rosenthal’s list) could all 3 make for at least a decent WR core.

  10. revis24 says: May 26, 2011 1:40 PM

    You’re out of your element Donnie!

  11. schmitty2 says: May 26, 2011 2:03 PM

    If this team stays healthy..look out!

  12. canjura says: May 27, 2011 6:39 AM

    @sowcrates: Robinson is a FA once free-agency starts, I believe. I loved the kid after his 9 quarter dominance (before missing the rest of the season with an injury, I mean, what else could happen to a WR on the St. Louis Rams?) two seasons ago, but man, he just disappeared completely last season, injuries continued to plague him though.

    with that said, if everyone can remain healthy, the Rams WR core will be Clayton, Avery, Amendola, Salas, Pettis, and Danario Alexander. BIG IF’s with Avery, Clayton, Alexander though, so if they wind up on IR in the preseason, I think Gibson is next up. Marty Gilyard could still be added to the practice squad I believe because of his NFL game experience, which would do him a lot of good, the guy was a project coming out of college and he’s proven to be a very difficult one.

  13. rogoceo says: Jun 16, 2011 11:10 AM

    You all are forgetting D. Curry as well. He was doing real well until his knee caused him to miss the remainder of the season. He is a D2 kid that made it…don’t sell him short. He is a good player too.

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