An impressive stretch of practices by St. Louis Rams wide receiver Austin Pettis has positioned him as the current starter ahead of WR Brian Quick . Pettis, a third-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, has spent much of his career buried on the depth chart, injured or some combination of the two. The tentative starters are Pettis, Chris Givens and rookie Tavon Austin . Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer clarified the situation by saying, "(Quick's) doing a lot better. He's stepped up this year. He's just much more comfortable." He also added Pettis is starting because he has been "that impressive" and it should not be considered a knock against Quick.
Quick has been a popular deep sleeper to emerge among the Rams' blossoming group of wide receivers. Most of that hype won't mean anything if Pettis eats into Quick's playing time or vice versa. The Rams have not had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2007, back when former "Greatest Show on Turf" ringleader Torry Holt caught 93 passes for 1,189 yards and seven scores. Until one of the receivers shows he can be productive in this offense, fantasy owners are effectively taking a shot in the dark. Each of the four listed receivers has fantasy potential, but to choose a favorite now is a bit irrational, especially with QB Sam Bradford's sluggish start to his career.