Re: Develin being worked at TE
posted at 6/26/2014 1:26 PM EDT
In response to rkarp's comment:
In response to TripleOG's comment:
I dont think he can duplicate what A.H. or R.G. did but in a battle between he and Hooman, its not hard to believe because hooman is nothing special and is hardly used on the field even when he was the lone tight end. What I noticed is that although not fleet of foot, he makes up for it with effort and crisp routes. IF he is on the field, he is gonna be the last guy the D is worried about so I could see him having an impact if needed for 2 to 3 games but if he was featured and the D payed attention he isnt gonna do much. Now, if you have him in there w/Gronk, then he can take advantage of loose coverage and catch a few passes in the flat but to me thats still him being a FB, just lining up on the line. He is not the guy to beat a backer down the seams but he can leak out in the flat for a 1st down, get you 7-8 yards and likely run over a DB. Its likely insurance rather than a change in his role.
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Ty Law after his team defeated the Rams in SB 36.
Devlin is a nice 53rd player on the team that will make a surprise half dozen catches per season, get a yard or two and throw a key block...I think of him more as an emergency TE, not a TE...on a team that is very deep, the TE position needs further upgrading, aven if at the expense of Devlin.
We are in agreement about his role. I think he is more important though because he can change the game as a lead FB where as Ive never seen Hooman throw a devastating block. Neither are special but I think Develin is clearly the best FB where as Hooman is way behind Gronk in talent. I dont know how to qauntify who is better on special teams but would like to know how you came to that conclusion.
In any even, its position flexibility and Im fine with Dev as the FB, and he will need to fill in at TE at times because for us to keep a FB is rare before Josh came back and he needs to have a defined role to stick. I dont think either would be locks if there was adequate competition for their spots but there is not. In closing, we can agree that in terms or running with ball Devlin>Hooman as evidence by his bruising 5 yard TD run last year where he broke a lot of tackles. I like Develin better after the catch as well. If Hooman is an asset, they sure dont look for him or play him much. I am concerned about the lack of a true backup to Gronk at this stage.