Saturday morning I was doing my usual routine of reading my mail and news when I happened upon Evan Silva (NFL writer for NBC Sports, Profootballtalk.com, Rotoworld) in my Twitter timeline.
He was giving a big plug for Santana Moss for any teams out there that need a free agent WR. Â From there we went to Steve Smith and a question about the Rams releasing OJ Atogwe.
Thanks to @lannyosu, @BBdaram, @ramscentral, @DB_comb, @TurfShowTimes, @Ftblsickness, @RossMiles, @BNQuinlan, and @Shields3L for chiming in.
And a special thanks to @evansilva and @ChrisWessling for the spark.
Here are the tweets that got the conversation started Saturday morning:
@evansilva – If I’m a contending team with any kind of WR need, putting big target on Santana Moss in free agency. Great in locker room. A LOT left.
@evansilva – Santana Moss had career high 93 catches last year. 2nd most yds of career. Dominated slot, playing it for first time ever. Versatility a +.
@evansilva – Santana Moss is 32 but has been durable. No recent playoff opportunities so may be willing to take a bit less to play for a winner.
So I posed three questions throughout the chat and many of you were available to add your opinions:
Q1) @Aerys_Rams: What do you guys think about possibly adding Santana Moss to the mix? I like @evansilva‘s reasoning.
@lannyosu – have not watched tape… durable, hands?
@BBdaram – Good question
@ramscentral - Not sure about Moss… don’t know if would impact the game enough to make signing worth it. Solid player though.
@Aerys_Rams – 2010 (his 10th yr in the league) had 93rec/1,115yds despite QB issues.
@Aerys_Rams – True, but he’d be an (instant) upgrade to what we currently have.
Then I saw @ChrisWessling (NFL football writer for Rotoworld.com, NBCSports.com, and Sons of the Tundra Dynasty Rankings blog) and Evan Silva talking about Steve Smith (CAR).
Q2) @Aerys_Rams: (Then how about) Steve Smith vs. Santana Moss. Which would be a better fit for the #Rams?
@ramscentral – No doubt. And def him over Steve Smith. Moss consistent no matter who is at QB.
@DB_comb – Steve smith without a doubt
@TurfShowTimes – Neither
@FtblSickness – Agree. Just holding up youth.
@Aerys_Rams – SS has more upside if healthy but I’d take SM for his consistency
@TurfShowTimes – (re: SS) His speed is gone. Why give up a draft pick for spare parts
@Shields3L – Syd Rice
@TurfShowTimes – Have plenty of slot guys already
@DB_comb – oh no not a draft pick but everyones fast on D we just need a good go to third down receiver that’s dependable
@RossMiles – If we go get a WR, it HAS to be a prototype #1 guy, surely???
@Aerys_Rams – That would make the most sense
@RossMiles - Although I do love NYG Steve Smith’s route-running, it would be a frivolous pick-up
@BNQuinlan - Gonna join in here and say I like the current Rams WRâ€™s. Young but talented. Need to stay healthy.
@Aerys_Rams – Healthy, key word
@RossMiles – I think they deserve a shot in McD’s system in 2011
@RossMiles – CAR Steve Smith is not a “4 pillars” guy but is a bit old now
@RossMiles – Rice is interesting but only has one solid year behind him. A slight risk for big $$$?
@RossMiles – I’d like to see DX given an opportunity. Cheaper too
@Aerys_Rams – Stay “healthy” my friends (What the Most Interesting Man in the World would say to the current Rams receivers.)
Q3) @patycake15 – Are you guys upset that the Rams let Atogwe go?
@BNQuinlan – As a non-Rams fan I’m not upset, but they probably shouldn’t have let him go
@patycake15 – $8M bonus was due on top of his salary
@Shields3L – letting OJ go was cost effective But not sure it was a good move yet.
@BNQuinlan: yeah that’s alot of dough, but is a pretty good player.sometimes you gotta spend some cash
@Aerys_Rams – Exactly my point
@Aerys_Rams – Haslett was happy to take him off our hands.
Back to the WR debate:
@DB_comb â€“ (re: SS) & I wouldnt say his speed is gone its just difficult to show ur speed when ur triple teamed that’s all nc had
@Aerys_Rams -Â Thanks, this is great
@lannyosu – neither, as i’d like to see how mcd uses what we have (drafted & injured 2010)
@Aerys_Rams – I can’t wait either. Let’s see what Hoodie Jr. can do.
@Aerys_Rams – So far, 1 vote each for SSmith & SMoss. 1 vote for neither, 1 vote SydRice. Keep the opinions coming!
@BBdaram – Sidney Rice
@BBdaram – Sidney is a young vet that has been trained by 1 of the greatest QBs of all time when healthy he can be a true #1 WR
Final results: In general there were lots of opposition to bringing in the older over-30′s WR group.
Steve Smith and Santana Moss was a draw. 2 votes for Sydney Rice, 3 votes for neither SS nor SM, and 2 for seeing what the existing Rams roster can do with Josh McDaniel’s playbook.
My take: Â If I had to choose between Steve Smith and Santana Moss, I’d take Santana Moss.
I wouldn’t mind seeing Sydney Rice on the roster but think Minnesota would be foolish to let him go. Â I don’t know who’s going to throw the rock to Rice though…
Ultimately, I think the Rams resign Mark Clayton and execute McDaniel’s offense using the existing WR’s. Â If they can pick up a bargain veteran along the way I could see that too.
As for who the Rams would cut to make room for potential new hires I think we’d have to fair to the injured receivers from last season. Â They should get their shot to reclaim roster spots during (IF WE HAVE)Â training camp/preseason games.
What do you guys think? Â Anything else you’d like to add? Â Let us know by leaving a comment.
We should do this again soon!