A solid performance by the wideouts

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  1. BradyManny

    BradyManny Pro Bowl Player

    The future at WR looks very bright not just for the rest of this season, but ensuing seasons. I'm really loving the group of 5 we have right now. [Gaffney didn't play today until the final drive (I think I saw #10) but he may contribute and adds some depth to the group.]

    I think what impresses me most about the group is that each receiver brings something very different to the table. I'm very excited about this crew, and for all the bytching and moaning done about Givens and Branch by national and local pundits alike, it's becoming clear that this group of wideouts is going to prove far deeper and more versatile than what Brady had in '05.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2006
  2. shirtsleeve

    shirtsleeve In the Starting Line-Up

    Nuthin' worse than seein' a thread die without a response, is there. Except maybe writing a virtual manifesto in a reply and it goes un-noticed.

    These receivers should be fine, but its still early. I think we saw Brady know he has one of the new guys right where he wants him (Gabriel). That reaction tells me all is well between the two.
  3. RayClay

    RayClay Hall of Fame Poster

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    Certainly looks like we have some different puzzle pieces for a change. The funny thing is, the more we utilize the different strengths of this group, the more the "conceptually challenged" members here will complain because we don't have a league leading receiver.

    And, of course, if you have 3 3-4 year veterans and one rookie, you play the rookie all the time.:rolleyes:

    Give me strength.:violent:
  4. 5 Rings for Brady!!

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    I agree. I think that Gabriel and Jackson are good #1 a/b level players, Caldwell and Watson can help man the slot, maybe Gaffney will work into the #3 WR competition. Meanwhile Brown will man whatever position is needed to be filled, offense or defense or special teams.

    And there is always Bam Childress waiting for a chance. :D

    Branch was always a #1b level player in my mind, and Givens was a #2 by the time he left here. I see us having a couple potential #1's now.
  5. BradyManny

    BradyManny Pro Bowl Player

    I agree 100%. And like I said in another thread, Caldwell has really stepped in and performed Givens duty of 3rd and short catches for 1st downs.
  6. pats1

    pats1 Moderator PatsFans.com Supporter

    According to the GameBook, Gaffney did not play.
  7. BradyManny

    BradyManny Pro Bowl Player

    Really? I could've sworn I saw #10 in at the end of the game. Guess not.
  8. shakadave

    shakadave In the Starting Line-Up

    We might be able to say eventually that our 2007 WRs are better than the 2005s, but it's not time to say so about 2006. It will probably take more than this season for real chemistry to develop. The question is, can it improve enough this year (from weak to decent) to go all the way with?
  9. Box_O_Rocks

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    I loved the Faulk threat, Tommy faking to him in the flat set up the big play by Gabriel down the sideline. The true positive out of that - Tommy had the timing perfect to hit him in stride.

    Reche doesn't have the best hands, but he got open the most - more progress.

    Gabe made a monster play in the end zone.

    Troy added a couple more to his legend, at least one in the middle of a nest of Bills.

    Ben Watson had a drop or two, but he also made some really nice plays to keep his receiving lead on the others.

    Tommy missed a wide open Thomas when he was hurried - key, wide open.

    Things are improving, despite the intense whine-a-thon in recent weeks.
  10. BradyManny

    BradyManny Pro Bowl Player

    I didn't notice the Watson drops - he'd had a couple drops in the first few weeks, but today, he really seemed to be the threat we anticipated he'd be.
  11. 5 Rings for Brady!!

    5 Rings for Brady!! In the Starting Line-Up

    Question: who here thinks that Branch would have made the touchdown that Gabriel made if all the circumstances were the same?

  12. cstjohn17

    cstjohn17 PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

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    I agree things are improving and the WRs battled for some key 3rd downs. Jackson may not be Torry Holt be adds a deep threat. He still seems a little unsure but he hasn't exactly got a lot of reps this season and has 2 TDS of of 5 or so catches, I like that ratio.

    A step in the right direction, much better usage of pump fakes and short passes to keep defense honest.
  13. PromisedLand

    PromisedLand Virtual Internet Person

    The subject of the leadoff post in this thread was about the group of receivers we will have for the next five years. Troy, sadly, won't be here that long.
  14. JoeSixPat

    JoeSixPat Pro Bowl Player

    I think Jackson's worth a mention too - he's a rook, and often looked like one but just one 35 yrd TD reception has a big impact on how defenses are forced to play us when he's on the field.

    Gabriel's 31 yrd reception doesn't hurt either.

    Before we had nothing in terms of a deep threat - and that was a legitmate issue to be concerned about. 2 big play passes is a good step in the right direction.

    I continue to wish they'd utilize Thomas more in the receiving game, and I'm wondering if Caldwell is going to continue to be used as a short dump option like we saw often today... if that's the case he'll have a decent season in terms of receptions, but his yardage isn't going to amount to much.

    Overall though, when your QB has a 112 rating and another W - there's plenty of reasons to be happy.
  15. mgteich

    mgteich PatsFans.com Veteran PatsFans.com Supporter

    I didn't see anything about five years. In any case, the only receiver signed beyond next year is Jackson. We have a solid five for this year and next, if the rejuvenated Brown wants to play another year.

  16. DCPatsFan

    DCPatsFan On the Roster

    Gabriel muscled his way to that catch - great play
  17. zippo59

    zippo59 Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    That play was insane. He really looked like a DB the way he attacked the ball.
  18. FilPats

    FilPats On the Game Day Roster

    Good idea, Doug will be trained as a CB a la Troy. Versatility :rocker:
  19. kurtinelson

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    That was a great play by Gabriel. In Brady's post game press conference he said that the throw he made to Gabriel, across his body, was ill advised and that they were lucky to convert on that play. If Gabriel had not come back strong for the ball the way he did, it may have been and interception.
  20. sieglo

    sieglo In the Starting Line-Up

    Gabriel is the man. He's tough, physical, seems to have good hands, has speed, fights for extra yards instead of running out of bounds (Branch-like).... I think he can develop to be better than Branch. I hope he's on this team for a while. What does his contract situation look like right now?

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