Wide Receiver - Should We Wait For Vets?

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  1. mgteich

    mgteich PatsFans.com Veteran PatsFans.com Supporter

    I'm of the opinion that we shouldn't draft a wide receiver in the first four rounds. Our roster is "full". We have 2 vets plus 3 youngsters that we hope will develop for the future.

    I can see carrying a 6th receiver (at the expense of another position), but only if this player is a vet. I see no reason to add another youngster. If we were to add a youngster, I would expect that one of our youngsters would be cut. I don't think that it is yet time to give up on any of the three.

    In 2010, we carried 5 wide receivers, plus a STer who was listed as a receiver. We have three receiving TE's. We really have no need for a 6th wide receiver, especially a draftee.

    Taking WR's (or anyone) in Rounds 5-7 is fine, but that is much different. Players drafted in the first four rounds ALWAYS make the 53 man squad (or the IR). Drafting early is an implicit commitment of resources.
  2. Sciz

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    I say don't even bother getting a vet. Unless the lockout ends soon, that vet will be behind all of the returners as far as learning the playbook. And there's no point in taking valuable snaps away from the younger guys.
  3. townes

    townes Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    They really need 2 WR's who can reliably stretch the field. Hopefully Taylor Price can fill one of those roles and I think they can fill the other in free agency. I wouldn't prioritize WR in the draft but would take one if a prospect they really like is on the board where they rate him.
  4. MaineMan

    MaineMan 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    When you say "stretch the field", I assume you mean "vertically," IOW, work the deep patterns. Even considering that the deep ball hasn't been Brady's strong suit the past couple years, I'd agree that we need more than one guy who can do that. Tate, although he's primarily a KR, seems reliable enough for one of those positions - 18.3 YPC on a 48% catch rate is comparable to most veteran deep guys. Price is really an unknown to everyone but the coaches.

    But what we also need (IMHO) is someone who can stretch the field horizontally. We appear to have a surplus of guys who are excellent at working the short/intermediate zones between the numbers, but only one who's been fairly reliable working the short/intermediate sideline - Branch - and he's not young and also perhaps a bit fragile. Price COULD be the guy who steps into Branch's cleats (again, only the coaches would know) and Hernandez COULD expand his route repertoire.

    If both those things seem likely to happen (in the view of the coaches), maybe we're not looking for WR at all (FA vet or draftee), although, typically, I think we'd see some form of camp competition from a late-round pick or a 2nd-tier (possibly older) FA vet, even in that case.

    If, OTOH, neither Price nor Hernandez in the coaches' view) seems likely to step up as a sideline guy, maybe we're looking for a sideline/deep threat combo (e.g., Hankerson) or just a solid sideline possession guy later (e.g., Austin Pettis).
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  5. crowell33

    crowell33 In the Starting Line-Up

    I agree with you 100 percent.
  6. Patriot Missile

    Patriot Missile Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    The only WR I like in the first 3 rounds is Hankerson. Julio and AJ are out of reach. Just seems rock solid in every phase of the game and a good fit here. There are a ton of guys I like in the 4th and on so we could probably wait.

    I say we bring in Terrel Owens and see what he has left in the tank? JUST KIDDING!!!!!!!

    We could probably bring in a guy like Devin Aromashadu, Danny Amendola, Laurent Robinson type to help out.
  7. Ochmed Jones

    Ochmed Jones Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    How many of our current WR's play ST? Edelman and Tate? The vet would need to play ST probably.
  8. Ochmed Jones

    Ochmed Jones Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    So in summary;

    a.) the Patriots offense does not run a lot of vertical WR routes because we do not have the athletes to run them or

    b.) the Patriots offense does not run a lot of vertical WR routes because BB prefers to have large fast TE's clear the deep seams instead while letting the WR's create mismatches underneath?
  9. MaineMan

    MaineMan 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    Maybe a bit of both. Plus the fact that Brady's deep ball hasn't been as consistent (so far) since his injury.


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    Look for a long bomb threat WR in FA at a decent value and draft Jerrel Jernigan in the mid rounds for another slot threat and we are set at the position.

    Thats what having two good looking TEs can give you as in terms of advantage.

    I would not write off Tate yet,either.
  11. Patriot Missile

    Patriot Missile Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    No doubt about Tate. I'm not sure his hands will ever be 100% reliable but if he can improve his route running he could be a force out there.
  12. MDHQ

    MDHQ Rookie

    With the luxury of a gamillion picks, trading up for Julio or AJ is more likely
  13. jmt57

    jmt57 Moderator Staff Member PatsFans.com Supporter

    Hey, I just noticed you were over here now.

  14. cstjohn17

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    Maybe it is a pretty good list of FAs

    2011 NFL Free Agents: WR

    plus Steve Smith and Chad Jackson are likely to be cut.
  15. Patriot Missile

    Patriot Missile Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    Which Steve Smith?
  16. VJCPatriot

    VJCPatriot Pro Bowl Player

    I like Hankerson in the 2nd or Edmund Gates in the 3rd. But we only need one of them. The Pats will be running a lot of double tight end sets. Hankerson I could see turning into a #1 receiver in this offense unlike Branch who is more of a #2 playing at being a #1. And Gates I think could be a better field stretcher than Tate. Price is the wildcard but he couldn't even see the field so I'm afraid he might be our next Chad Jackson. Haven't seen him play yet so I can't be sure about that but... I'd like to hedge my bets. Not a lot of confidence in him yet.

    As far as veteran receivers go, who out there would improve this team outside of Vincent Jackson? And I don't think we're gonna spend the big $$ to bring him in.
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    Smith of the Panthers cleared out his locker and has his Carolina home up for sale at a reduced price now.

    With Fox gone and a tough nosed coach in Rivera coming in I don't see that marriage staying intact....Smith is gone via a trade this year.

    The Patriots have been linked as to have been the only team interested in a deal for Smith...at least it's a rumor at worst.
  18. patman52

    patman52 Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    my order of preference would be

    Sidney Rice. hell it is going to be an uncapped year.

    Randy Moss, able to come in with a minimum of lead time to get up to speed

    Santana Moss, still a deep threat that has a year left.
  19. sbpatfan

    sbpatfan Banned

    It's funny, on one hand you have the Steelers' fans and media all over their new find Emmanuel Sanders who had 28 receptions for 376 yards and two TDs. Then you have Tate, who had 24 receptions for 432 yards and 3 TDs in essentially his first year while returning two kickoffs for TDs to boot. Tate, who is even a year younger than Sanders, is already being written off.
  20. SamBamsFan

    SamBamsFan Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    I think we already tried Chad Jackson... I believe you mean Chad (Johnson) Ochocinco
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