Meet Jakari

Discussion in ' - Patriots Fan Forum' started by PatsFanInVa, May 15, 2006.

  1. PatsFanInVa

    PatsFanInVa Supporter Supporter
    (Yes, it is a fantasy site. Have seen lots of good info here, however.)

    To summarize (for copyright reasons - and they cite the Globe as their source):

    WR Jakari Wallace [subsequently spelled "Walker", don't know which is right,] impressed at mini-camp. The Fanball article mentions his speed (fastest at Minnesota,) and his low production there as well.

    I guess the Pats liked what they saw when they went to scout Kool-Aid, and figured they'd give him a try-out.

    What does it add up to? Probably nothing... maybe the sound of footsteps, if you're Bethel Johnson, if this guy does make the team (hey look! A really fast guy with low production! And he'll play for rookie minimum!)

    Over-reading the tea leaves,

  2. Hendrix

    Hendrix On the Roster

    he was a WR for Minnesota, so he knows Maroney of course. The guy is flat out fast. Runs a flat 4.3 40 I think.
  3. SeanBruschi54

    SeanBruschi54 In the Starting Line-Up

    #11 Jersey

    Some say in the 4.2's on his good days.
  4. Hendrix

    Hendrix On the Roster

    i'd believe it..the guy is FAAST. They should seriously put him on punt returns
  5. edzo44

    edzo44 Supporter Supporter

    #50 Jersey

    Does " low production " mean blistering speed but lousy hands??

  6. Box_O_Rocks

    Box_O_Rocks Supporter Supporter

    Minnesota has had two 1,000+ yard rushers the last three years...I'm inclined to view low production for a WR in that system as something more than a "lousy hands" problem. He apparently caught the ball well enough to receive a UDFA contract after mini-camp, unless Maroney needed a teddy bear to help him sleep at night...:eek:
  7. Ochmed Jones

    Ochmed Jones Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    When is the last time a Minnesota receiver had high production?????
  8. Brady-To-Branch

    Brady-To-Branch Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    Last edited: May 16, 2006
  9. kingvega

    kingvega Rookie

    Its me your favorite Gopher fan back :D

    Jakari was basically our slot WR, could run reverses and return kicks

    Blew out ACL I think 2 years ago so was probably even faster back then

    I would characterize him as poor mans Antwaan Randle El, maybe faster but less skilled overall. Great team guy that lines up wherever they need him. Fast as hell.
  10. PonyExpress

    PonyExpress In the Starting Line-Up

    Maybe he's here to help Maroney feel comfortable and have a familiar face around over the summer. Not a bad idea.

  11. PatsFanInVa

    PatsFanInVa Supporter Supporter

    Hey, I don't need a poor man's Randle El, I need a poor man's Bethel.

    But seriously folks... if we're going to have a guy with great speed, it would be great if he eventually learned to run routes (my main issue with Bethel, although some folks here think he's ready to break out - and I am happy to be proved wrong.)

  12. SoonerPatriot

    SoonerPatriot In the Starting Line-Up

    Who is Kool Aid? Maroney?
  13. PatsFanInVa

    PatsFanInVa Supporter Supporter

    Right. Kool-Aid is Maroney, Gator-Aid is Chad Jackson.
  14. SoonerPatriot

    SoonerPatriot In the Starting Line-Up

    I don't get it. The Maroney connection with Kool Aid that is.
  15. RayClay

    RayClay Hall of Fame Poster

    #75 Jersey

    I see no Kick or punt return experience.

    At 5"8" 175, hard to see him beating out Bethel and Willie Andrews.

    Punt returning is difficult. Speed alone does not make a punt returner.
  16. PatsFanInVa

    PatsFanInVa Supporter Supporter

    The Kool-aid thing's been the subject of a few media reports. Here's the story, actually, the two stories and the story about the convergence of the stories.

    Story 1, the one he told his mother:
    Maroney's family evidently did not allow soda pop in the house at all, but did have kool-aid.
    So, when the other kids started calling him Kool-Aid, he explained to his mom, it was because they could always come over to his hour and get some Kool-Aid. Simple, no?

    Story 2, the one that somehow got out in the media (and is true):
    The above story, regarding the availability of Kool-Aid at Maroney's house, is accurate. However, the other kids called him Kool-Aid because when they were playing with matches and started a fire on the front yard, Maroney ran back inside, grabbed the first liquid he found (a pitcher of Kool-Aid,) and put out the fire.

    The story about the convergence of the stories - Maroney actually had to fess up to his mother years later, when Story 2 got into the media. She still believed Story 1 at this point.

    And then, of all places, New England - where "drinking the kool-aid" is a byword - picks him. How perfect is that?

  17. SoonerPatriot

    SoonerPatriot In the Starting Line-Up

    Thanks for the clarifcation. Good stuff!
  18. IcyPatriot

    IcyPatriot ------------- Supporter

    #24 Jersey

    Dillon Must Be..........Bruschi Must Be

    Last edited: May 18, 2006
  19. edzo44

    edzo44 Supporter Supporter

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    Originally Posted by PatsFanInVa - - -
    Right. Kool-Aid is Maroney, Gator-Aid is Chad Jackson.

    Posted By F.B.N - - -
    Dillon Must Be..........Bruschi Must Be

    Wouldn't Dillon be - Power-Aid and Bruschi be - Band-Aid?

  20. gopher22/39

    gopher22/39 Rookie

    From one gopher fan to another.. Cheers! anyway I agree he is fast, but still short for WR and I am uneasy about his hands. Didnt Logan Payne replace him on PR?

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