ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams showed last week that tight end Jared Cook is one of many options in their passing game.
They're hoping their depth at wide receiver continues to pay off Sunday at Dallas.
With Cook drawing increased attention, Bradford threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 31-24 loss at Atlanta. It was Bradford's eighth career 300-yard game and the second highest single-game total of his career.
Bradford was 12 for 21 for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone, but Cook was not a factor.
Rookie receiver Tavon Austin caught two scoring passes, and the Rams also got productive days from Chris Givens and Austin Pettis in the comeback effort.
In the season opener against Arizona, Cook caught seven passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. He faced some double teams against Atlanta and managed just one reception for 10 yards.
So Bradford looked elsewhere, helping the Rams rally from a 24-3 halftime deficit.
Pettis grabbed a career-high eight passes for 78 yards. His seventh reception resulted in a 3-yard touchdown that made it a one-score game with just under 12 minutes to play.
"I got involved in the offense a little bit more I think after our first game," Pettis said Thursday after practice. "It's always fun to get into the end zone. They game-planned toward Cook and left some of the rest of us open."
Austin finished with six catches for 47 yards, including a 10-yard TD reception with 2:09 to play. The speedy Givens had five catches for 105 yards, including one for 47 yards. Second-year running back Daryl Richardson had five receptions.
Seeing so many other receivers step up pleased Bradford. He knows he doesn't have to depend on one target.
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