My Mom says I'm a catch
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But how did they get in those situations to begin with? They were on a good team which provided those opportunities. Edelman was on teams that went to 8 consecutive AFC title games and 4 Super Bowls (he played in 3). If the money was equal, you'd be out of your mind saying you'd take Edelman over some of the league's best during his time. On the other hand, if you would rather have him but spread the money out to other players you'd use on a top WR, than that's a better case.But when you needed the situational win whether a late 3d down to drain the clock with a slim lead, a second and long down 3 points, a must have it TD...who made that play over and over and over? Edelman did - whether he was statistically a "#1 WR" or not.
Which is more important - the designation #1 WR and the total regular season statistics and massive cap hit that go with it or the player that consistently makes game winning plays? I've never understood this line of thinking and probably never will. I just have a different mindset centered on team play, role execution, and clutch performance.
I'll take clutch guys all day long over the "#1" designation at any position. Bruschi...Brown...Hightower...and there are other Patriots who NEVER put up "best in the league" stats to gain the "#1" career moniker, but if you needed a stop or a sack or a catch in the situation that won or lost the game - those guys made it more times than they didn't.
Getting back to the initial argument, the bar isn't that high statistically in order for a drafted WR to be a success.