It was a wild week for Mark Clayton. Last Monday, the former first-round pick was preparing to play the Jets when the Ravens signed T.J. Houshmandzadeh and put Clayton on the trading block. The Rams traded a late-round pick for Clayton, and after three practices with his new team, he made his Rams debut Sunday against the Cardinals.
And what a debut it was. Clayton hauled in a career-high 10 passes for 119 yards in a 17-13 loss.
"You got to have the ball thrown your way to catch them," Clayton told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "The thing is, I've learned perseverance, being a consummate pro, working, just always, no matter what, to get open. And when the ball comes, take advantage of it. If it doesn't, get open again."
So how did Clayton pick up the offense so quickly? "The Lord gave me a photographic memory," he said.
One of the main reasons the rebuilding Rams brought Clayton into the fold was his experience and professionalism. St. Louis has a young receiving corps and is starting a rookie -- first overall pick Sam Bradford -- at quarterback, and they can learn a lot from Clayton.
"[Clayton's performance was] definitely impressive," Bradford said. "But we saw it all week. The first day he was here, he knew exactly what he was doing."