Re: Is Ballard enough for life without gronk?
posted at 4/10/2013 7:31 AM EDT
Nobody does what Gronk does, it's a big loss IF he is not ready.
Optimal scenario (2 WR, 2 TE, 1 RB set) is Sanders, Amendola, Hern, Gronk, Ridley. That's the bread and butter. That looks scary to me. In this case you've got 2 elite players and 1 good one (Hern, Gronk, and Ridley) with experience in the system, and 2 newcomers with potential to be elite (Sanders and Amendola).
Not so optimal scenario: Jones, Amendola, Hern, Ballard, Ridley. That set is still going to produce, but is it scaring the living daylights out of D's? In this case you've got 1 elite player and one good one (Hern and Ridley) with experience, 1 newcomer with elite potential (Amendola), 1 newcomer with potential to be good (Ballard), and 1 newcomer with so-so potential (Jones).
That said, looking only at TE's, the dropoff is from Gronk to anybody else. I don't really care if they put Ballard, Hooman or Fells in there, the skillsets may vary but the overall level of those three is about the same in my book.