In case you haven't seen the highlights every Monday morning on "SportsCenter," former Ravens first-round pick Mark Clayton has been a very productive receiver for the Rams so far this season.
Clayton, whom the Ravens traded to the Rams (along with a 2011 seventh-round pick) for a sixth-round pick on the same day T.J. Houshmandzadeh was signed, ranks in the top 20 in the league in catches (22), receiving yards (300 yards) and receiving touchdowns (two).
Uh, who is this guy, and what has he done with the real Mark Clayton?
Clayton has been the favorite target of rookie quarterback and first overall pick Sam Bradford (a fellow Sooner), and is on pace to smash his career highs in most statistical categories.
"He made some great catches [Sunday against the Seahawks], didn't he? Wow," Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He's a, I don't know, call him a gamer or call him a clutch performer, whatever you want. He runs great routes and the quarterback has a lot of confidence in him, so we're glad we got him."
And after Sunday, I doubt the Ravens are regretting the decision to sign Houshmandzadeh and jettison Clayton, despite his early-season success in St. Louis. It looks like this is a win-win for everyone involved.
Anyway, I'd be curious to hear Clayton's take on why he is clicking with Bradford in a way he couldn't with Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Let me see if I can convince the higher-ups at b to send me out to St. Louis and find out for you.