Third String But Playing on Special Teams
WR is a desperate need for the team, that's why Belichick spent zero draft assets to improve the WR's this offseason despite entering this draft with eleven picks. He reached for Sanu last year because Tom was grousing for veteran WR's after AB got kicked out... in hindsight Tom should have used Gunner and Jakobi, both are at least as good as Sanu sight unseen. Gallup wasn't great his rookie year, he dropped a lot of catchable balls... he still does. I wouldn't start him over Harry, Byrd or Edelman. These guys are catching near 80% of their targets. None of the Patriots rookies shined last year because Tom hated the thought of rookies and wouldn't throw to them. Cam does and will, he simply won't lead the NFL in pass attempts like Tom did last year.I wouldn't do it but WR absolutely is a desperate need for the team. If it wasn't we wouldn't have spent a 1st on Harry or a 2nd on Sanu and been shuffling players in/out looking for production.
Saying you wouldn't start Gallup over Harry or Byrd is just nonsense. One has proven he could play from day 1. He's versatile, tough and has produced. He's not a superstar but he'd arguably be our WR1 if he was here. Absolutely WR2 if you want to give 11 the nod but he's been much better than Harry/Byrd up until now. That's not opinion, just facts. Sure he drops a few but that's always been his MO. You live with that if he plays bigger than size, blocks and produces. Going back to playing bigger than his size. That's actually the kind of player you want with a QB who might not be the most accurate in the world. You want a guy who can go up and make a play. And Gallup has proven he can do that despite not having great size.
Look you won't find a bigger Thuney fan than me. I was talking about him as a great player, our best OL before it was popular. I love OL/DL. Most important groups behind QB and maybe CB but WR are a necessity and we need better play from ours. It's not a crazy idea to think about. I guarantee you it's a huge need this off-season.
The bottom line is the Patriots don't pass. The Cowboys are ranked #1 is pass attempts in the NFL, the Patriots are ranked 25th. What do you guys think, if they acquire some shiny hood ornament WR that suddenly they will start passing for 400 yards a game... they won't. Cam isn't accurate, they protect him from himself by managing his pass attempts. Unless Stidham emerges as a passer they won't be a passing offense. I don't accept that "Gallup drops a few and that's okay," not dropping passes is his job. He's third on the Cowboys in targets, he had two years to show he could be a #2 receiver then they drafted CeeDee Lamb.
I like our WR's, I only wish the rookie TE's would emerge and start contributing. We were told WR was a huge need this past offseason, it wasn't... fans just love shiny new toys.