Re: Gamble on Amendola Not Paying Off
posted at 9/16/2013 1:00 PM EDT
In response to gman101019's comment:
In response to seattlepat70's comment:
Amendola out for a long time... Pats can overcome. No problem.
If one of either Kelly or Wilfork gets hurt and has to sit out... that's when to panic.
Did you not watch the jets game??? We are already thin and extremely inexperienced at wr and now we just lost our best and most expierenced wr and you think we can overcome that with no problem? Again, see exhibit A, jets game.
And obv losing wilfork would also be devestating, but thats a non issue, vince has played all 16 games in 7 of 9 seasons playing a total 140 out of a possilbe 146 games, the guy is as durable as they come.
No one doubts amendola's talent but everyone had their doubts about him being able to stay on the field. No one should be surprised that hes hurt, Horrible signing by bb.
Yes, I did. I did see the drops. But I also a lot more than just those drops.
...how wet and sloppy it was in the second half. The weather was bad enough that even vet WRs would have had difficulty catching and perhaps even vet QBs having difficulty throwing accurately. The Saints passing game did not look good in similar conditions. That vet offense that set some records a couple of years ago did not look good either.
...signs of good route running. Not all the time, but the rooks were getting separation. The drops meant they were there and together with TB, they were creating nice opportunities to connect. That long pass that Dobson dropped was good and bad. Good becasue he is getting open behind the D. It was bad that he dropped it, but considering the pressure of playing his first game and versus a rival, it was not surprising. Those opportunities are important because we have not seen TB have that with previous rookie WRs. They were creating those chances with a WR on his second NFL game and another WR playing his first.
...great effort on the part of the WRs. These guys will give up their bodies to make the catch. KT did not control the ball. Not many vet WRs would have controlled that diving catch.
...the normally accurate TB was not exactly accurate. In the first quarter, he threw a ball to Edelman that would have been caught for a TD had he thrown it a bit wider to the right and lower, instead of throwing it high like it was Gronk or Hernandez he was throwing to. He was also throwing behind his receiver a lot. I think his throws were tuned towards Welker's speed. He's got faster receivers now. He'll adjust to it.
Now add to that: Gronk will be back in a couple of weeks. That is huge. He will be a big presence inside. That will open up things even more for the rooks outside.
They are in position to gather 6 wins going into the bye week. They should get Vereen back after the bye week. They should get to the playoffs. By then Amendola could be back. If so, they would be in the playoffs with players that TB has no problem connecting with, but other teams have no idea how to defend.