Re: some where Wes is laughing
posted at 6/21/2013 5:47 AM EDT
In response to NedBraden's comment:
In response to CaptainZdeno33's comment:
In response to 49Patriots' comment:
Get it through your thick Welker loving skull, Welker had 15 drops even though he's essentially getting a long hand off from Brady.
Amendola played almost the exact same position as Welker and he only had 2 drops. 2!
So, Welker's hands were eroding even though Welker had a better QB, he wasn't the focal point of his passing attack(Gronk was) and Welker wasn't learning a brand new passing philosophy.
Amendola > Welker.
You're making it sound like its easy to catch Brady's bullet passes close range. You know how careful Tom is, he'll throw it low so that only the receiver can get it making for some tough plays. These aren't easy catches, especially when it was almost always 10+ times a game.
Right now there is no way you can say Amendola is better than Welker. Maybe he will prove that he is this season but lets wait and see what he can do in the Pat's offense first.
That is a fair counterpoint because Brady does stick it in there on a line, but from what I've seen with Amendola;s impressive athleticism (that one handed catch on You Tube is sick) and hand/eye coordination, he looks just like Welker out there, dude. So far, the reports from camp are very strong by multiple accounts, too.
I read one account where if they need to work on something, they go watch film and Amendola has it corrected immediately where Brady gets giddy. That;s encouraging.
Look, I think a lot of what people love about Welker is his backstory and his underdog size and road up the ladder in the NFL. But, he's not the only guy like that out there. He just happened to play with Brady and be around a ton of talent here with BB as GM and coach.
BB saw the upside in 2006, traded for him and Welker took off. He's looking at Amendola in the same way in 2013.
The discussion need not be who is better or who has more upside, Wes or Amandola. The discussion should be would the Pats be better off with both of them, and Edelman and Donson and Boyce than they are today. The answer is clearly yes.
The Pats very clearly could have signed Wes for 2/$12, same as Denver did. BB passed at 2/$12, not Wes. Wes came back to the Pats with 2/$12 in hand and said match it.
Of course it is BB's prerogative to pass on it, but does anyone other than Ned Braden think the Pats are a better team now?