Re: What should BB have done about the WR position.
posted at 9/16/2013 4:32 PM EDT
In response to PatsEng's comment:
How about signing both Welker and Amendola? They had the money.
Offering $1mil more to get Sanders. They obviously wanted him
Tried to bring in Kevin Walters. He's not a starter but has been a durable productive vet.
How about Heyward-Bey. If not else he was a cheap durable vet option with some upside.
There was plenty BB could have done but instead went on the cheap looking for low cost injury risk players instead of signing proven durable vets to add some stability in production and health to the WR core. Instead he put his eggs into a single basket (Amendola) and said the cliche "the injures were flukes there's no such thing as an injury prone player" like many people (including yourself Getzo) who touted the same thought and now Amendola most likely won't be back until mid October-late October and hopefully the groin doesn't nag him thoughtout the season as they typically do.
The thing is rooks take time to develop. Most take longer than a year. So now you are expecting the rooks to develop even quicker in one of the more complicated and demanding O's in the league because you put your hopes into an injury prone player. They would have been better off drafting just the two and trying to sneak Thompkins on to the PS to carry and extra vet if their only two vets are injury prone. What happens when Edelman goes dow and if Amendola is still out?
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Hello Mr. Engineer,
"How about signing both Welker and Amendola? They had the money."
They did try no? They offered a bigger contract if Wes hit escalators... Wes wanted out as much as he wanted more money. Bad blood here regardless I think. Now from here did Pats really 'lose' anything?
"Offering $1mil more to get Sanders. They obviously wanted him"
Yes they did want him, but at a certain cost. Remember they would have to give up a third round pick as well & then have to pay the man. Then you would have to figure they'd have to extend him, or pay someone $3 mill for a one year rental and then lose a third round pick, which turned into Harom who is our third safety right now with A. Wilson injured - and a top 50 draft prospect in Logan Ryan.
"Tried to bring in Kevin Walters. He's not a starter but has been a durable productive vet."
As they did with Molasses Mike Jenkins. Might as well give the guys with a higher ceiling the reps... the rooks.
"How about Heyward-Bey. If not else he was a cheap durable vet option with some upside."
We already have WR's that get seperation and drop the ball deep! LOL! JK but kinda serious. I honestly rather have Dobson and Thompkins over him. They are about 5/6 games away from being more skilled players at the position fro the little I seen IMHO. They already have better stats this year as well.
"the injures were flukes there's no such thing as an injury prone player" like many people (including yourself Getzo)"
Don't remember saying that but if I did, I believe you. My premise with this entire Amendola thing is what he brought to that Buffalo game. There are not many WR's in the league that hold onto that ball across the middle, and play the slot so efficiently.
While he's been injured there was two major injuries that kept him out. Another poster just alluded to the fact he didn't find an injury history during college with him, so I'm not sure about the label. Obviously this groin injury doesn't help, but what I felt was that some people just need a fresh start. I was hoping coming to NE would have done that. Still Amendola is injured and I won't make excuses for that.
Again, hindsight is really what's being considered here. I think the Pats did their best with the options they had. They needed young talent at the position. They did that. They brought in a great slot receiver that happens to get injured, and they kept another slot receiver that happens to get injured. Hopefully things change for them. Welker getting away is the only miss in my opinion, but I don't see the Pats shooting themselves as it takes two to make it work.