Rams rookie Stedman Bailey is out to prove that the cream always rises to the top. Drafted in the third round by the Rams, he joins a crowded wide receiver position behind Brian Quick, Austin Pettis, Chris Givens and Tavon Austin.
In his first preseason game, Bailey played with the backups and caught 2 passes for 27 yards. He also had a tackle on special teams. He proved to be a hard worker during his days at WVU, and he has kept the same mentality with the Rams.
It is something that is showing in practice, and could lead to him rising on the depth chart. Mike Sando of ESPN.com noted that Bailey has put together a string of great practices during training camp:
Rookie receiver Stedman Bailey had another strong practice in what is now turning into a long line of them. He was essentially perfect in one-on-one drills and continued to get open and catch everything thrown his way in team drills. It remains to be seen if he can do it against the top corners but he’s having his way with the backups on a regular basis.
Since getting drafted, Bailey hasn’t seen much, if any, snaps with the first-team. The Sando quote above is the latest in a series of reports that Bailey is doing almost whatever he wants with the Rams’ backups.
Against the Browns, the Rams’ starting receivers showed little. Sam Bradford targeted Pettis one time, resulting in a drop. Brian Quick hasn’t had a even training camp.
If Bailey continues to light up the backups, how long will it be before Jeff Fisher has him lining up alongside Tavon Austin?