ST. LOUIS -- When Rams receiver Austin Pettis was called into the coach's office and informed he had made first team on the depth chart, he did not jump with joy, scream with delight or give Jeff Fisher a mighty hug.
"I've been here the longest, know the system and had been working hard," Pettis says.
As pleased as he was, he got it. He understood the promotion was based on longevity as much as performance. With the departure of last year's leading receivers, Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson, there were two openings on first team. To fill one of them with the team's most experienced receiver seemed rather obvious, even though Pettis' experience is relative. He just turned 25 in May and is entering only his third season after being picked in the third round out of Boise State.
Still, that makes him the old guy among a crew that includes second-year pros Chris Givens and Brian Quick and rookies Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. Givens, the leading receiver among returning Rams, was...