Will these rookie WRs be quality enough by seasons end?
posted at 9/13/2013 1:34 AM EDT
Everyone's automatically assuming that once these guys plays a few more weeks and get things clicking with Brady that things will be all good.
I'm not so sure. If someone has statistics, I'm sure it'll show that you're not going to see tremendous improvement within the first season. Take out the Freaks such as Megatron, Jones, green and you'll see that most of these "talented prospects" wont drastically improve by seasons end.
Recent Wrs taken within the first two rounds: Jonathan Baldwin, Titus Young, Torrey Smith, Greg Little, Randall Cobb, Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd, Kendall Wright, AJ Jenkins, Brian Quick, Stephen Hill, Alshon Jeffrey, Ryan Broyles, Rueben Randle.
As far as rookie campaigns, Torrey Smith was probably the best of the bunch. Are any of the WRs as good a prospect as Smith was? I'm not sure....but I'd be happy if at least one of them put up similar numbers as Torrey...I just dont think its that super likely.
I'm sure one defense will be that most of these WRs didnt have a legendary QB throwing it to them. True, but that hasn't worked out for a lot of WRs in our system, so it's not a selling point for me. Edelman might be the best rookie WR we've had since Branch.
I want these kids to all end up as part of the next great group of Patriots...but it concerns me that so many people are just pretending the current receiver group is not an issue and that things will be drastically be better once they develop chemistry with Brady...like that's an automatic thing. What if Brady loses more trust in these guys as the season wears on? What if that chemistry never develops as it didn't with Galloway or Ochocinco?
I think our WRs are a legitimate concern. A lot hinges on the health of Amendola and Gronkowski...too much for me to feel comfortable.
This isn't like the 2001-2004 Patriots...this is more like 2006...except now we're in a more offensive era where it's more likely that games will result in a shootout.
It's not doom and gloom for this team, because when you look at the last two Super Bowl winners, they were in more dire situations than us...but I'm not going to pretend like there's no legitimate issue with this team. We should still go 3-0 after next week, then things start to get interesting.