Re: ESPN Power Rankings 2013-2014
posted at 5/1/2013 2:34 PM EDT
In response to TFB12's comment:
In response to seattlepat70's comment:
In response to TFB12's comment:
32. Jets - LOL!
and the rest can be seen here.... http://espn.go.com/nfl/powerrankings/_/year/2013/week/0
Concerning the Patriots they say.. It was a typical, non-flashy draft for New England. The Patriots didn't get any immediate starters, but they didn't have many pressing needs. (Hensley)
I think Dobson will be an immediate starter. As far as the Rankings go, I can't argue with being listed number 6 on the list going into this season. Not sure I agree with the Bronco's being 3rd though. And to be honest, as funny as it is I don't think the Jets are number 32. I don't see the Browns, Jags, Raiders, Cards and Titans above them.
For some reason, I am expecting Boyce to play more snaps and get targeted more than Dobson.
I doin't see it. At 5'11" I see him more in an Amendola role and as long as Amendola is healthy he won't be playing over Danny. I think Dobson, Jones, Edelman and Molassas Mike will be ahead of him.
My bases for saying that are the youtube videos. As fans, those are the only film we can access for free. I try to stay away from the highlight-oritented videos, and focus more on the videos that show an individual's game vs certain teams they play during the season. It shows the good and the bad, and probably more representative of what the individual's overall game.
Here are the two videos I looked at.
I am a student of the game, not an expert. Here's what my student eyes see (may be different from what you see)
Boyce gets better separation. IMHO, he does a better job of getting the DBs to bite at his feints, and finding where the seams are, than Dobson. Getting the defender to bite may have something to do with their running styles. Boyce has that more rapid leg pump. Dobson is a little bit more of a long strider. Boyce is able to make what looks to me as more abrupt cuts/breaks.
On these videos, Dobson showed more ability to win challenged balls and make difficult catches. He needs that ability, with the separation he gets.
They both can stretch the field - Dobson from a more traditional wideout position (split, flank); Boyce can stretch from all positions. Boyce, IMO, opinion is more difficult to defend because of what he can do from whichever spot (split, flank, slot). At the very least, he's more likely to be able to complement whichever other receivers are on the field.
Boyce also seems to show more YAC ability. His no Woods or Patterson, but has enough moves to make tacklers miss for an extra 5-10 yards hen he gets to space.
Boyce's number suffered a bit probably because his QB is inaccurate. The video shows a lot of throws to nowhere.
With his abilities, Dobson looks dangerous once you get in or even near the red zone. I only say that because I did not see Boyce have to win challenged balls on his video. I would not count him out though. He looks like he's built tough, and he can use his body well to shield the ball.
With Boyce's versatility, I can see him playing more snaps if they go up-tempo, complementing Amendola.
1) I am not saying Dobson was a bad pick. This is a nitpick to make a prediction of who'd play more snaps.
2) Regardless of everything I say here, we all know that the receiver who sees more success will be the one that builds the better chemistry with TB. We've seen a lot of WRs fail there. So after all is said and done, there is a good chance neither succeeds here.
3) I hope both receiver see success with TB