There is no longer any margin for error the rest of the way.
It was fine to get the rookies acclimated to the offense during the regular season. There wasn't much choice at the time.
Now it's win or go home.
I keep hearing the same excuses for rookie drops in January that I was hearing in September.
Hey, I like KT. He fights to get off the line; he has good jumping ability. But he has a tendency to leave his feet (lunge) for every catch. It reminds me a little of Lloyd who rarely had any YAC. His route-running is unpredictable. And then there are the drops. You can't have drops at this time of year.
I don't get the fascination people have with Ras-I Dobson right now. Maybe in a year he'll be a key contributor, but not now. They send him deep a lot to clear the underneath stuff for Edelman and DA, but when they actually target Dobson deep they rarely connect. Here's a guy who got injured, or re-injured running in a straight line under a likely TD pass. He never got a hand on the ball. There was also the deep pass early in the season that he dropped. When you spend 2 or 3 quarters setting up this play, the play is executed perfectly, and then you don't connect that's a major failure.
IR. Enough said.
3 young guys in the prime of life and not a single one you can count on at kickoff.
Check out some of his number from actual playoff games while he was in Indy. (These numbers are largely in a sub role).
4 games: 18 catches, 256 yards, 2 TDs
Here's what I love about this guy. He runs great routes; you can line him up in the slot or outside; he's quick and elusive; and most importantly, he doesn't drop the ball.
He also played his college ball at altitude in BYU. Altitude can be a factor late in games.
We've all seen guys who perform well in the regular season but can't handle the playoff pressure. The stage is just too big. Not for Austin Collie it isn't.
As much as I love this guy I am well aware of his concussion history. He may not even be on the roster next year.
Give this guy a minimum of 15 snaps this week.