St. Louis Rams wide receiver Brandon Gibson looks to return to the field Saturday night against the Dallas Cowboys after being slowed by a hamstring injury.
Gibson is entering his fourth season with the Rams, and while that tenure has allowed him to cook up a chemistry with young quarterback Sam Bradford, recent additions to the receiving corps like Steve Smith (formerly with the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles), and early draft selections Chris Givens and Brian Quick are only a sampling of the 12 receivers the Rams currently have on their roster, which could be a problem, writes Dan O'Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
He was acquired during the 2009 campaign, then caught 53 passes in 2010, developing some chemistry with rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. Along with Bradford's numbers and the entire offense, Gibson's contributions eroded somewhat last season. In 15 games, and nine starts, he caught 36 passes.
The new regime has tried to improve the receiving department, signing veteran Steve Smith, spending early draft picks on receivers Brian Quick and Chris Givens, bringing a posse of potential pass chasers to Earth City. Currently, there are 12 wideouts on hand.
Gibson generally was considered a favorite to keep a job, before he started missing practices with a hamstring injury. He did not play in the first exhibition, a hideous loss at Indianapolis. And he did not play on Saturday against the Chiefs, a 31-17 windfall.
St. Louis kicks off against the Cowboys in Dallas at 7 p.m. CT Saturday.
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