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Rams' Spagnuolo calls Clayton 'good fit'

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Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said Wednesday that WR Mark Clayton, acquired from Baltimore Monday, was working at the "Z" receiver in the club's base offense and figures to play inside initially in three-WR sets.

"He's a quick guy," Spagnuolo said of Clayton. "I think he can help these young guys a little bit. It seemed like a pretty good fit for us."

Spagnuolo did not say how much Clayton might play in the season opener vs. Arizona on Sunday.

Clayton caught 34 passes for 480 yards and two TDs last season for the Ravens. Baltimore's acquisition of former Seahawks WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh made Clayton expendable. Clayton, who has made 59 career starts, adds an experienced target to a receiving corps that lost deep threat Donnie Avery to a season-ending knee injury in August.

"I'm excited," Clayton said. "I'm just trying to get the system down as much as possible and being able to help the team."

In other Rams news, Spagnuolo announced RB Steven Jackson will be the offense's captain and S O.J. Atogwe will captain the defense. Captains were chosen by player vote.


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