Re: Brady's pass catchers - high draft picks
posted at 9/28/2009 8:16 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Brady's pass catchers - high draft picks
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Brady's pass catchers - high draft picks : I guess I am having trouble with how you think of the term "developed". Wayne was a first rounder (30th overall) in 2001 and was brought in specifically to be #2 to Harrison. He played in 13 games his first season 16 his second and was a starting his 3rd. He was under a rookie contract at the time. Do you think they were just going to drop him? Clark, also a first rounder (24th) in 2003, started in 10 games as a rook and 15 his second year. He sounds like a total development project. I wonder how this guy was lucky enough to stay in the league before he was fully developed. Gonzalez sadly was only drafted at #32 in 2007 and was specifically brought in to be the slot. He got into 13 games his rookie season (not sure how many were as a starter but with Harrison out for 11 games, he probably did start a few games.) His second year, he got more action as Harrison was still recovering from injury and saw mainly light duty. He is now the starter. So, just how do you define "development"? These guys don't look at all like they were developed. They hit the ground running. If even this simple issue was so skewed, it makes me wonder if it is worth it to go through your theory and show you just how many players Peyton has had that weren't top flight receivers coming out of college and ended up in nowheresville. On second thought, i would really only consider that if I were on a Colts board. Otherwise, who cares. Peyton picks his nose on camera and gets nasty with Oreos. Also on camera.
Posted by EnochRoot[/QUOTE]
I'll bite -
Development means sticking with a receiver until they are completely in tune with your ace QB. the 3 players you mentioned were drafted by the colts. If wayne was so special at the outset how come the Wayne (as the #2) was #6 on the team his rookie year. How come he wasn't a full time starter by his second -because he was developing.
Clark really wasn't the #1 TE until 2007 (his 5th year in the league). Yes in 2005 he was the primary TE, but only because of injury. The next year he was the #2 TE to a UDFA. Development.
Gonzalez really has yet to fully develop. In his rookie season, Harrison went down, but who had more catches - Addai. The following year with Harrison a shell of his former self, Gonzalez still had fewer catches than Harrison.
but none of these guys were let go and they were given the chance to develop rapport with Manning.
If these guys were the stars then they would have broken out by at least their 2nd year and been a star in their 3rd. None of these guys were that. But Wayne and Clark have developed into that.
How come brady and belichick didn't give their receivers a chance to develop?