Re: Why No Love For Hooman?
posted at 8/22/2014 6:52 AM EDT
I like Hoomanawanui Salcon, I'm with you.
On the surface, I think 2 catches/game = 32 for the season is very reasonable and attainable for him.
Did a little research. He's been in the NFL 4 seasons, 2 with StL, 2 with NE. He played 3 years at Illinois.
His ENTIRE college career, he had 40 catches.
His ENTIRE pro career, he has 37 catches, including 12 last season.
However, last season I watched him transform from a guy who was strictly a blocker (which he is definitely above average at, he doesn't stick for 3 seasons on this team with BB as the head coach unless he blocks well), to someone who was actually running some routes. He's not fast, he's not big, I don't know how crisp his routes are....but the guy has glue-hands. He doesn't drop it. No, he never got MANY chances, but he cashed in just about every single one.
I've been quietly thinking between he and Devlin, they have a pretty nice H-Back/Fullback/TE pair between them.
Hooman has been on my 'watch' list, depending on how much Gronk plays, I could see Hoomanawanui cracking 45 catches (3 per game). He seemed to be gaining Brady's trust, as proven when Brady was willing to float one up to him at the back of the endzone with coverage right there.
He could be a Fauria/Keith Byers-type. Very reliable in what they do, and valuable for that reliability.
And, he was born on the 4th of July, and plays for the Patriots. I mean, really?