Welcome to PatsFans.com

Could Maroney play Receiver?

Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Snarf, Sep 25, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Snarf

    Snarf Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2006
    Messages:
    783
    Likes Received:
    4
    Ratings:
    +4 / 0 / -1

    This possibility has been mentioned in other threads, but not discussed as far as I can recall.

    It seems to me that Maroney looks very much like a receiver in the way that he plays. Shifty, quick, pretty fast, tap dancey... made of glass ;)

    Why not line him up on the outside and try to get him in the open field with the ball? Seems to me this is where he shines, not behind the line.

    How hard precisely would it be turn him into a receiver?
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2009
  2. BradyManny

    BradyManny Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2006
    Messages:
    9,771
    Likes Received:
    31
    Ratings:
    +83 / 4 / -0

    I don't think it makes any sense, to be quite honest. He's a good running back and he's not yet a good receiving back. He dropped an easy pass that he could've turned into yardage in the first quarter of the game the other day. I love seeing him with the ball in the open field though, so hopefully we see more of it, and he catches it.
  3. neuronet

    neuronet Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2008
    Messages:
    2,182
    Likes Received:
    4
    Ratings:
    +7 / 2 / -0

    #87 Jersey

    Great question. I hope some of the gurus know the answer in terms of practical stuff. For instance (I know I should know this) is it legal for RBs to line up anywhere on the line of scrimmage?
  4. Tunescribe

    Tunescribe PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2004
    Messages:
    16,452
    Likes Received:
    290
    Ratings:
    +789 / 5 / -14

    #61 Jersey

    It would be kind of cool to see him shift from the backfield into the slot. Although, we already have two slot guys in Welker and Edelman.
  5. JMarr

    JMarr Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2,320
    Likes Received:
    1
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0 / -0

    What do you do when you have a cheap and immensely physically talent at RB who has less than stellar instincts and field vision? Play him in the slot, at wideout, in the wildcat formation, etc. :eek: Unfortunately the jury is in and Maroney will never be an above-average RB in this league.

    I think Belichick has lowered expectations at this point and is hoping that Maroney can take over Faulk's role eventually, and be an adequate but [rarely used] change of pace RB this year. [out of 5 RBs on the roster, he's the only one that has any kind of speed].

    But I think the question was answered last week when Maroney lined up at wideout a few times. If he can't learn to run some routes or doesn't become our full-time kick returner this year, he basically has no value to this team and should be released.
  6. mayoclinic

    mayoclinic PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    12,787
    Likes Received:
    237
    Ratings:
    +570 / 0 / -2

    I wouldn't think so. He's great with the ball in space, but we haven't seen anything so far to suspect that he could run precise routes.
  7. LeonPowe

    LeonPowe Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Messages:
    356
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    No, but he could play running back. Unfortunately for him and Fred Taylor, it looks like our new bozos in charge aren't having any of that.

    "Chuck it deep, Tom!"
  8. WhiZa

    WhiZa Rookie

    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Messages:
    5,043
    Likes Received:
    3
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0 / -0

  9. JD10367

    JD10367 Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2006
    Messages:
    229
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    Let's worry about just letting Maroney play running back. He hasn't proven he can do that yet. I didn't realize we were so thin at pass-catching options that we needed to entertain this idea...
  10. Adam Seward

    Adam Seward Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2009
    Messages:
    203
    Likes Received:
    13
    Ratings:
    +28 / 0 / -0

    The dance route could tear defenses apart!
  11. IcyPatriot

    IcyPatriot ------------- PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    38,809
    Likes Received:
    424
    Ratings:
    +908 / 7 / -17

    #87 Jersey

    There's no reason not to try it once or twice a game ... I think he can do it. I'd like to see him do a few wide receiver screens where Brady actually throws it with Maroney 5 yards off the line. With Morris and Taylor lined up in front of him ... nice gadget play.
  12. cstjohn17

    cstjohn17 PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    5,038
    Likes Received:
    23
    Ratings:
    +41 / 11 / -4

    #54 Jersey

    He hasn't even proven he can play RB, has bad hands and is slow by NFL receiver standards. At least he wouldn't be asked to do any blitz pickup at WR.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2009
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

unset ($sidebar_block_show); ?>