For someone who caught 210 passes in college, including 114 last season alone, you wouldn’t think a single reception would be much cause for excitement.
Welcome to Stedman Bailey’s world.

“Oh man, it was very exciting for me,” said Bailey, the rookie from West Virginia. “It was only a 12-yard gain, but it was important to get my first catch in the NFL. I just look forward to more things like that coming.”

Bailey’s reception, which came early in the second quarter last Sunday against Tennessee, was nine weeks in the making. Did he save the football?

“No, I feel like I’ll save my first NFL touchdown,” he said.

Through his first eight games with the Rams, or before the Tennessee game, Bailey was in for only four plays on offense —all in Week 2, in Atlanta.

The only time he was targeted came on a fake punt the following Sunday in Dallas. But the pass from punter Johnny Hekker, who was under pressure from DeMarcus Ware, was off target and fell incomplete.

Bailey has been playing special teams all along, something star receivers at BCS schools don’t do in college unless returning kicks.

“I’ve always been a wide receiver, catching the ball is what I do,” Bailey said. “But I’m willing to do whatever to help the team win. If it’s going down and tackling guys or helping on the play, I don’t think that’s too hard to do.