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 by /zn/
2 weeks 1 day ago
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United States of America   Maine
Hall of Fame

snackdaddy wrote:Are we assuming Whittington is replacing Skow? I don't anything about him. But in a couple post draft analysis they thought he was a steal in the 6th round. The NFL site has him projected to be a bottom of the roster or practice squad candidate. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Whittington has some skills as a receiver, particularly with the ball in his hand after the catch. But he is also a special teamer capable of playing on different STs units--he blocks, he can be used in kick and punt coverage and as a returner. His character is renowned--a soul of the team type who was loved by everyone for his leadership, work ethic, and passion for the game. He was also renowned for his football IQ and for knowing what every position on offense did every play, so he has a quarterback's head on him. If he's Skow, he's Skow on another level and probably a better all-around receiver than Skow was on top of it.

An ace special teamer who is also a clutch 4th or 5th WR type? Not bad.

from https://www.on3.com/teams/texas-longhor ... nfl-draft/

Here’s what [Texas coach] Steve Sarkisian had to say about Whittington going to Los Angeles.

“I love Jordan Whittington and what he meant to our team from a leadership and toughness standpoint. He plays the game the right way. He does all the dirty work that you’re looking for from a great all-around player. Yes, he makes plays on first and second down, but he’s a sure-handed guy on third down. He’s an elite blocker, knows every position on the field and there’s no play that he takes off. He’s a great teammate and a relentless competitor who ultimately only cares about winning. Jordan has all the measurables, too. He has more size and speed than people probably give him credit for, and that’s what allows him to be an every-down player, not to mention the special teams value he provides. He could very easily be a four-core special teamer for any NFL team, he certainly was for us. He’s carried himself like a pro for us, has a bright future in the NFL and will be a great addition to the LA Rams.”

 by actionjack
1 week 6 days ago
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United States of America   Sactown

/zn/ wrote:They have 3 UDFA WRs, not just Stoops. Maybe one shows enough to be WR #6.

I think Drake Stoops has a much larger chance of making it via special teams then those other dudes. Fearless returner and the Rams had lots of discussions with him prior to the draft.

https://theramswire.usatoday.com/2024/0 ... oops-udfa/

One of the highlights of the Rams’ undrafted free agent class this year was Drake Stoops, the former walk-on receiver at Oklahoma. If the name looks familiar, it should. He’s the son of former Sooners head coach Bob Stoops, so football is in his DNA.

Drake Stoops will be battling for a roster spot this summer but the Rams obviously liked him enough to sign him immediately after the draft. According to Bob Stoops, too, they were in consistent communication with the Sooners receiver throughout the pre-draft process.

“I love it, I think it’s a great fit. I love Coach McVay, just watching him. Don’t really personally know him, but always respected and appreciated the way they coach and play design and everything they do. Really solid program and he does a great job. Great quarterback, so yeah, all of it’s really good. Hopefully for Drake, and what they kept telling him for several weeks is just what a great fit he is for them. Fortunately, they called immediately as the draft was ending, so it was positive. No matter where you might eb drafted or not, or free agent or not, you’ve got to go earn it. It’s a competitive environment, but Drake’s excited about it, of course.”

During his time at Oklahoma, Stoops never had more than 400 yards in any of his first five seasons, but he broke out in 2023 with 84 catches for 962 yards and 10 touchdowns. He lacks the speed to win downfield and at 5-foot-10, he’s a smaller receiver, but he’s shifty and runs good routes, which allows him to get open pretty regularly.

The Rams’ receiver room is pretty full, especially after the addition of Jordan Whittington, but Stoops can’t be ruled out as someone with a chance to make the 53-man roster.

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