Re: Do YOU think our roster is better then it's been for the last 3 years. Yes or no.
posted at 9/6/2013 10:53 PM EDT
OK, I'm an unabashed homer, but very likely MUCH better at WR, about the same at TE, better at RB, better front seven, everywhere else comparable.
WR: Last year there was Welker who was Welker, which is to say an outstanding slot receiver, perhaps the best ever. Then there was Lloyd, who was nothing special, a disappointment some would say. Then there was....ummm....er.... Oh yeah, Branch! Love the guy, but he was spent.
This year, there is enormous potential. If they reach anything close to that potential, they're just a much better and deeper group than last year. Sure, some of that hinges on Amendola's health, but every team in the league has "ifs".
TE: Gronk is back, that's pretty much all you need to know. Can Sudfeld replace Hern's production. Why not, he looked like the real deal in the preseason, and as good as Hern was in the open field, he had alligator arms at times, was an indifferent blocker (to be kind) and was not durable. I guess if you want to be negative, you can find it here (Gronk's health, Sudfeld is a rook), but I feel fine about that position.
RB: Better because of depth and experience. I think it's expected that in the absence of Woody, Vereen will play a much larger role this year, and based on what I've seen that's a good thing. He's bigger, stronger and more athletic than Woody, who was willing but limited. Vereen's ceiling is much higher. Does anybody think that if Vereen gets the touches Woody got, he won't be more productive?
Front Seven: It can't be overstated, in my view, that Jones and Hightower are no longer rookies. The rookie wall is a real deal, and their confidence, technique, strength will all be better. Those are two blue chip cats who will be significantly better. The depth at LB, the athleticism of Collins, who will eventually be a guy that will need to be accounted for. The addition of Kelly...I see that as a solid group, quite a bit better than last year.
I don't see any other positional area that has changed much, for better or worse, from 2012.