When asked to come up with the most likely breakthrough player in 2011 on the Rams’ current roster, team sources took a particular fancy to third-year CB Bradley Fletcher. The Rams’ third-round pick in 2009 rebounded much quicker than expected last season from a nasty knee injury that cut short his rookie campaign not long after he had cracked the starting lineup, registering a team-high four interceptions and finishing third on the team in tackles with 91. “He had some rough moments, but he is big with long arms and is really good in press coverage, which Spags (head coach Steve Spagnuolo) really likes in his cornerbacks,” one team insider said. “He’s no Darrelle Revis, but he does look like he could be on the way to becoming the best cornerback on the team.”
Fletcher apparently has a lot of things going for him. Not only is he, by all accounts, a hard, willing worker who greatly improved his ball skills and awareness last season but is not yet done developing. The consensus seems to be that Fletcher also should be a lot sounder physically in his third season. “Normally players are in much better shape the second year after the kind of knee injury he had,” the insider said.