Re: The idea that NE will be ok once everyone is healthy
posted at 9/17/2013 10:25 AM EDT
In response to PatsEng's comment:
The issue Wozzy is that the guys you need to be healthy haven't shown the ability to stay healthy. What you say is true and injures can happen any time but there is also a difference better a durable player and an oft injured player and the guys we are depending on this point (Amendola, Gronk, Vereen, Talib) are in fact oft injured with no acceptable backups to them at this point.
Who replaces Gronk? Sudfeld is the answer who himself is an oft injured rookie that we don't know how he will develop
Who replaces Vereen? We don't really have a 3rd down pass catching RB at this point
Who replaces Amendola? Edelman another oft injured player while relying more heavily on unproven rooks in a position that typically takes longer than a year in simple O's to learn
Who replaces Talib? Arrington maybe? Or Ryan an unproven rookie at this point.
The point being is some of the key players we can't afford to lose for any length are also some of the most oft injured for long periods and the only replacements we have for them are unknown question marks in rooks. It was bad planning not to have the proper depth to allow the rooks to develop and to backup the vets with injury issues you are relying on
I don't believe in "injury prone," obviously there are some players who burn out because of injuries sustained in college, Ras Dowling comes to mind, but undoubtedly he was one of the best if not the best "big" corner coming out of college. Big corners have a hard time staying healthy, Richard Sherman has only played 16 games once in his two year career, lets see him sustain it over ten years, unlikely... Ras was still a good pick at that spot.
You can't dismiss a healthy college guy or even a vet just because he hasn't been healthy his entire career, this would likely dismiss 100% of the high impact positions like receivers, defensivebacks and runningbacks along with 90% of the linemen and tightends.
Prior to coming to New England Wes Welker started three games for the Dolphins, only playing in his last two seasons in Miami and none at all for San Diego, not exactly high impact. Amendola on the other hand started 17 games, played more, caught more balls and returned more kicks.
Wes's true "skill" beyond the obvious was avoiding hits, something every receiver and runningback should learn, but if he was unlucky enough to play with a QB without Brady's skill set who hung him out to dry and safeties could level him, his career would likely have been over long ago.
Amendola, Gronk and Edelman need to learn when to intiate contact and when to avoid hits, and even then, they still have to be lucky. That goes for every highschool, college and pro athlete in the World, but especially football.