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Rookie Radar: Stedman Bailey

by Jeremy Karp

A couple days ago, we went in depth on Rams’ rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin. Now, we are going to go in depth on the other rookie Rams’ receiver, who just so happens to be Austin’s teammate at West Virginia, Stedman Bailey. It’s not secret that Austin and Bailey were a dangerous duo of wide receivers back at West Virginia, and now that they are reunited once again, things only seem to get better for the Rams.

Bailey skipped his senior year of football so he could enter the 2013 NFL Draft. In his freshman year, Bailey struggled, catching 24 passes for only 317 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Bailey kicked into high gear during his sophomore year, catching 72 passes for 1279 yards and 12 touchdowns. As for his junior and final year, he once again improved on the year prior, catching 114 passes for 1622 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Just like his teammate Tavon Austin, Bailey possesses breakaway speed, and ran a very respectable 4.52 40 yard dash at the NFL combine. The Rams decided to add another receiver, considering they lost both Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson,  and in the third round, with the 92nd pick, they selected Bailey.

While Austin will be the primary receiver for the Rams this year, watch out for Bailey as well. He will surely see a fair share of Sam Bradford’s targets throughout the year, and will be a viable option at playing many different receiver positions, whether slot receiver or his usual outside spot.

Austin and Bailey have been teammates for years, and they both look like they will be with the Rams for a long time. Bradford may have lost his two top receivers, but he has gained two new top receivers for the young offense. (Photo Credit: David Welker/Getty Images)

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