49ers key matchup No. 3: Rogers vs. Amendola

November 9, 2012, 8:53 pm
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Editor's note: This is the first part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Rams matchups to watch Sunday, 1:25 p.m. (FOX) at Candlestick Park
49ers CB Carlos Rogers vs. Rams WR Danny AmendolaTale of the tape
Rogers (22): 6-foot, 192 pounds, eight season, Auburn
Amendola (16): 5-foot-11, 188 pounds, fourth season, Texas TechDespite missing the past 3 12 games with a collarbone injury, wide receiver Danny Amendola still ranks as the St. Louis Rams' leading receiver.Amendola is expected to be back in action Sunday when the Rams face the 49ers at Candlestick Park, so cornerback Carlos Rogers figures a lot of action will be coming his way."He's their main target," Rogers said. "Any time he's on the field, and he's moving, they're trying to get him the ball."Amendola leads the Rams with 32 receptions for 395 yards and two touchdowns in a little more than four games this season after missing most of last year with a dislocated elbow. He caught 85 passes for 689 yards and three touchdowns in 2010, quarterback Sam Bradford's rookie season."Amendola is by far one of his favorite guys to throw to," 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "He's their slot receiver when they go to three wide receivers. He's a really good slot receiver, very similar to Wes Welker (New England). Real quick, real shifty, tough and runs good."Rogers starts at left cornerback, but he will move inside to take the slot receiver when the Rams go with three wide receivers. The Rams have discovered a deep threat, rookie Chris Givens, but their best hope on Sunday might be to put together long drives with Amendola and Bradford hooking up in the short-passing game."He's a guy they use in the slot," said Rogers, who compared Amendola to Victor Cruz of the New York Giants. "I'll be facing him a lot. He's a quick guy. Not very fast, but explosive. He can get in and out of his cuts. If they have a drive of 14 plays, they're going throw him the ball at least seven times."