Re: Why No Love For Hooman?
posted at 8/22/2014 7:35 AM EDT
In response to ma6dragon9's comment:
In response to GO47's comment:
The problem I have with Hooman is that he isn't a reliable TE when it comes to receptions. He had 19 passes thrown at him and only caught 12 last year and he played 13 games. So defenses figured out that he was in there to strictly block for a run or to protect Brady. Being one dimensional kind of gives up the element of surprise and having the defense account for him. So I disagree with the notion that we don't need a better TE backing up Gronk.
I'd say a 63% completion rate is just fine. Funny...your stats to dissuade using him as a receiving TE only strengthened my belief that he just needs more chances/targets.
The problem with a backup for Gronk is many fans seem to want a decent player. "Decent" TEs tend to start in this league. If you can catch AND block decently, you start somewhere. Graham and Watson proved they are borderline starters while here, and both got paid like undeniable starters in FA.
College kids haven't adjusted to the needs in the NFL at this point. There are 10 rbs for every job,but not enough TEs. Again, BB was ahead of the curve looking for a good hybrid since 2004, and finally got 2 in 2010. In that span, roughly 10 seasons, there have been only a handful of truly good TEs. Pats have had 2 off that short list.
I wanted, REALLY WANTED Scott Chandler. If I'M Scott Chandler, I'm going to take less money to play in NE, and take a back seat to Gronk when he's healthy. Or, I can take more money to go be the TE option for another team. Athletes largely have gigantic egos. Most want to be "the guy".
Finding a player like Hoooman...or Slater, or Edelman, or Jones, or McCourty...who truly are willing to do what ever the coaches ask them is valuable. Look at how Adalius Thomas, and all his talent, helped ruin a clubhouse because of his ego. And what did that get him? A fast track right out of the entire league.
I actually think Hoomanawanui is okay as a back-up receiving TE. In fact, I see receiving as more his strength than blocking. He's not a world beater as a receiver, but he is someone who can and does make some nice catches. I'd like to see a bit more from him as a blocker . . . I think that's why Matt Mulligan was around last year. Mulligan was a better blocker.