posted at 6/30/2014 4:13 PM EDT
In response to zbellino's comment:
Edelman had a standout season. I don't think you can call a player who's had one great slot year as elite though. If he tweaks something and misses a bunch of time (the norm for him) then he isn't elite. At slot, where durability is key, it has to be factored in.
If he can back up last season with another just like it, well that would be great. As it stands, he basically did for NE what Welker had done (more or less). His 6 TDs and 1050 yards is pretty spot on with what Welker averaged over his course here ... and he had very little protection out there as compared to Welker who played most of those games as the #2 release option under Moss or Gronk.
More than admirable, I feel it was a great season. Consider where that offense would have been without Julian last season ... there only truly reliable weapon?
I agree, people on the forum are too quick to whinge about Dobson. And as much as he suffered from the drops and confusion last season, people forget that he was a rookie, in a mature offense that is nothing like the NCAA, and his numbers are still favorable.
I liked a lot of what I saw last season, even factoring in the rookie lowlights. I hope his health is good too.
I'm not sold completely on LaFell, though I loved him in college. I can see where he would work, but I also don't know if he is the kind of route runner that works in this system as it has been. Though, I think with an offseason to go with NE might be able to adjust the offense to a reality of Gronk being out.
The central contention, about Gronk not being the key question, I have to disagree. If they can get that guy for a full 16 plus playoffs, and the additions at CB stand pat (alongside defensive health) the 2014 team will be amazing. Whether they can weather his loss, that is a question and path I hope the team need not cross again.
This is very well put and I agree with most everything.
Edelman great season for him last year but was basically the only weapon last year and it's was his only healthy season. He needs to have 2-3 more like that before being even put in the Welker category. Doesn't mean he isn't capable of it but it is a tough road to follow.
Dobson I'm just concerned about two things, 1) his foot injury. It's a pesky injury that if not allowed to fully heal (if it ever does) it will plague him his entire career. 2) The game needs to slow down for him. Most of those drops and wrong routes his timing was way off and the game looked like it was going a mile a min with his deer in headlight eyes. If he can slow it down it will go a long way to fixing those other issues.
LaFell, still not sure what people got so excited about. Yes he has size but he's really not that much different than the other #3/4 types they bring in every year that don't seem to work out. I hope the best for the kid because we need a legit RZ threat but I wouldn't be shocked if they went a different route either.
Gronk is the keystone to the whole O right now. If healthy this O can really move but when has he been able to stay healthy? I think their biggest mistake this offseason was to not get another Y type for if he goes down again. The difference in scoring (a TD a game) and RZ efficiency (over ~69% with Gronk under ~48% without him) clearly shows the importance of a solid TE you need to account for in terms of blocking and receiving. Now you can't replace Gronk and there will be a drop off but having someone better than Hooman and Devlin (a fringe type like a Chandler) would go a long way in terms of both RZ efficiency and points scored come playoff time. I have a feeling that's who Ballard was suppose to be.