Curtis is the number 3 wr in ST Louis correct? i havent been watching any of their games so i was wondering do Curtis and McDonald split duties as the 3rd wr? Is Curtis in more plays? I picked him up on the waiver wire today and thought it was a steal considering the number of passes thrown his way last week.
Curtis plays the slot, but McDonald rotates in on 3 wide sets as well. So when there are 3 WRs on the field, It could be McDonald or even Looker on the field at not Curtis. The Rams will even run a lot of FOUR wide sets, so it's not like Curtis is lacking playing time compared to other #3 WRs.. it's just the fact that he is a #3 WR.
You have to remember that in week 1 the Ram's were playing down virtually the entire game. If you saw the first quarter you noticed that the Rams ran a lot of sets on 1st and 2nd down with only 2 WRs... And then they would bring in Curtis on 3rd down. He sure got targeted a lot on 3rd down, but how much can you produce if you're only playing in one third of the offensive plays?
Later in the game, they were forced to go 3-4 wide every down because they were behind multiple scores. That is when Curtis started racking up the targets and playing entire series. I don't believe you will see that every week from the Ram's. More likely Curtis will be in on almost every 3rd down with the occasional 1st and 2nd down play.. Enough targets to be a solid backup fantasy WR because of the offense, but not enough to rely on as a starter.
Forget the targets for a second and look at the box score.
How many times will an offense get 80+ plays, and/or throw the ball more than 50 times? Even the pass crazy Martz would never gameplan to throw the ball that much.. Bulger only passed 50 or more times one time in his career, last year in week 12 against Gree Bay. In that game he had 448 yards passing. (Curtis was 6/67/0 in that game btw). Anyways here is the box score:
Bulger - 34/56 362/2/1 (56 passes)
S.Jackson/M.Faulk - 22/72/0 (22 rushes by RBs)
T. Holt - 10/125/0
S. McDonald 7/73/0
K. Curtis 7/63/0
I. Bruce 3/61/1
Notice how the #3/#4 WRs (Curtis/McDonald) are more productive than the #2(Bruce). Curtis racks up 7/63/0, but he is only the 4th
most productive Ram WR in terms of fantasy points!
These are Curtis' targets in the first half when the game was close:
3-7-STL15 (12:24) M.Bulger pass to K.Curtis to SL 24 for 9 yards (M.Adams).
3-11-SF12 (4:37) M.Bulger pass incomplete to K.Curtis.
3-9-STL15 (1:47) (Shotgun) M.Bulger pass to K.Curtis to SL 30 for 15 yards (J.Peterson).
3-16-SF23 (13:16) M.Bulger pass incomplete to K.Curtis (T.Parrish).
2-15-STL39 (7:36) M.Bulger pass incomplete to K.Curtis (D.Smith).
Notice how they all come on either third down or in obvious passing situations. But, once the Niner's went up several scores in the 2nd half, the flow of the game dictated more pure passing formations.. it's not gonna be like that every week IMO.
Anyways I would characterize Curtis' first half play as optimal under normal conditions (not down by multiple touchdowns). He was the target of virtually every single 3rd down pass and he converted a good percentage of them.
5 targets - 2/24/0