Originally Posted by DocHoliday
Barden is interesting but it's hard to believe he's going to come to the Pats from the Gmen and breakout at 27 years old.
On the other hand he had an injury season and was drafted at 23 so he's got 3 true seasons out of four rather than 6 that many 27 year old players have.
Also his 40 time is closer to 4.6, making him a rather poor deep threat really if he isn't perfect with his routes.
If he's a free agent pick him up and let him fight a draft pick, Kamar Aiken and the other WR scrubs for a spot on the 53.
DHB is intriguing. You just hope and hope you can be the one to change him but stone hands is stone hands and rarely does that change. I suppose you can say Carson is that bad, but its a stretch of an excuse.
Cousin, That is not the problem. In fact he has a better percentile than any present WR on the Pats with a crappy passing game in Oakland.
"Darrius Heyward-Bey's improved hands are the most important improvement he has made, because without it, nothing else matters. He was embarrassing in his rookie campaign, dropping passes and unnecessarily jumping for passes at times.
Then in 2010, his second year, he started to look like a decent receiver, with a drop percentage of only 10.3 percent.
In 2011, he drastically improved that, cutting his drop percentage in half to 5.3 percent, and three of those drops were in one horrible quarter.
In fact, that 5.3 drop percentage has him in the top percentile of NFL receivers."
As his confidence improves his pass catching ability has increased. But he will be a CAP causality. A reasonably deal can be made.
"Darrius Heyward-Bey is not expected back with the Raiders in 2013 at his currently scheduled $7.721 million base salary."
"failing to fit into Greg Knapp's West Coast offense in 2012 cut his production" We ain't west coast!
"This is what Williamson had to say about DHB vs. Crabtree: “They couldn’t be any more different in terms of styles, but I do think DHB is more dangerous and worries the opponent more right now. He has improved dramatically since entering the NFL and did come to the league at a very young age. His routes and especially his hands are way better than his rookie season. And, of course, he can fly. He doesn’t operate out of the slot and probably won’t be a high volume guy in terms of catches, but he is getting better for sure.”
A young ascending player at 25. Not a retread? Not a three year Draft project? And we absolutely have no clue how to Draft a WR or a DB. Please don't throw McCourty at me. He defecated the sleeping area as a CB so they stuck him at Safety as luck would have it. Dennard might be the one and only but it is early.
You have to pay Wallace or Bowe at least $8m for your field stretcher. I think this kid might not be the failure that some laughed at Al about.
In his previous years he has averaged 14.57 yards per catch. Think Brady can help?
How about letting Lloyd walk and take his $3m on an upgrade. Decent WR but no more than Gaffney II. Anyone disagree? Use the $3m plus whatever toward one or the other of these kids below. Love that word....kids.
How about Harvin and Bey? Enough speed for ya? Harvin has a better catch rate than Lloyd. You resign Edelman as the 4th WR. If you can keep Welker we are scary. Like 2007 again if DHB can have a 2011 year. DHB, Harvin, Welker with a desert of Hernandez and Gronk. Who do you cover Ravens? Who do you cover 49ers..... etc?
No we don't waste our picks on POTENTIAL WR PLAYMAKERS and thus can get maybe one more shot at a cover OLB like a Greene(no CB or S? please just go to FA and get a play ready dude like a Goldston) and Draft a tough ass guard like Larry Warford or Barrett Jones. I like an extra pass rusher. How about Devon Taylor in the 3rd?
NO Drafting DB's or WR please Bill.