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      The NFL's best and worst receiving corps    Mike TanierJune 23  2014wr_zpscd0ce611.pngCalvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, Jimmy Graham and A.J. Green headline the NFL's best receiving corps. (USA TODAY Sports) Tom Brady threw for 5,235 yards and 39 touchdowns in 2011 but just 4,343 yards and 25 touchdowns last year. There are many variables that contributed to the decline, including Brady's progression from his lower-middle 30s to late-middle 30s and a different set of opponents. But the most obvious reason Brady's production dipped by 15-20 percent was that instead of throwing to Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez and longtime pal Deion Branch, he was throwing to Julian Edelman, injured bits of Gronk, Danny Amendola and a bunch of rookies last year. The Patriots receivers made neither the Top Five nor Bottom Five in this week's edition of Rankings File, but Patriots fans get surly if their team isn't mentioned, and Brady's statistics illustrate an important point. A top receiving corps can make a decent quarterback look great and a great one have a career year. A bad receiving corps can stunt the development of a weak quarterback and make a strong one appear washed up. And while it is often hard to tell just where a quarterback stops and his receivers start, there is plenty of statistical, scouting and anecdotal evidence to help unscramble the omelet that is an NFL passing game. The following ratings use any and all breakdowns available in the Football Outsiders database and other sources: success rates on short and deep passes, drops, third-down efficiency rates for individual receivers and so on. Anyone who claims to completely separate receivers from quarterbacks and schemes (and offensive lines, opponent strengths, situations and so on) is bluffing. But the best corps on this list will help their quarterbacks in 2014, while the worst may hold their teams back. One minor point before we continue: Running backs are judged as receivers in these rankings, and they are lumped in with the wide receivers and tight ends. So Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch play second fiddle to guys like Danny Woodhead and Gio Bernard this week; think of it as permanently third-and-six, trailing by a touchdown for this entire essay. When we cover the running games in a few weeks, the tables will turn, and blocking tight ends will also get to step out from the shadows of receiving tight ends like tight end Jimmy Graham, who plays tight end for the Saints. The Five Best Receiving Corps 1. Denver Broncos I know what you are thinking: "Without Peyton Manning, these guys would be nothing special." Wes Welker has had five 110-catch seasons. "Well, without Peyton or Tom Brady, he would be nothing special." Welker caught 111 passes the year Matt Cassel was the Patriots quarterback. He caught 67 passes from Joey Harrington and Daunte Culpepper the year the Patriots decided to trade a high draft pick for him. "Well, Welker is getting old." I'll spot you that one. Demaryius Thomas is a 6-foot-3, 230-pound former first-round pick who caught 10 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown in two 2011 playoff games from a quarterback I'm not supposed to mention anymore. I will go out on a limb and say that Thomas was on his way to becoming a star in any conventional offense. Emmanuel Sanders' catch and yardage totals have steadily risen over four years in Pittsburgh, though he was admittedly a minor disappointment when given an increased role last year. "Well, Sanders would be nothing without Ben Roethlisberger." He caught 13 passes for 197 yards during the three Byron Leftwich/Charlie Batch messes of 2012. There aren't many better No. 3 receivers in the NFL. We know exactly what a "made by Peyton" tight end's stats look like. Jacob Tamme caught 67 passes for 631 yards and four touchdowns in 2010 and 52-555-2 in 2012. Julius Thomas caught 65-788-12 last season, despite being a) inexperienced; b) the fourth option in the receiving game most weeks; and c) pushed by Tamme, who caught 20 passes himself. Cody Latimer has been getting great reviews in minicamp. (Cue the official theme song of summer rookie news.) Andre Caldwell is still around for emergencies. Knowshon Moreno's departure will hurt the dump-off game a bit. Whatever. And yeah, the Seahawks shut these guys down in the Super Bowl. They shut all the other guys down in the regular season, too. The bottom line is that we know what Peyton looks like with an ordinary surrounding cast. He threw for 4,700 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2010 with the great Reggie Wayne flanked by Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie, aging Dallas Clark, Tamme and Blair White, with Donald Brown filling in for Joseph Addai most of the year. Last year's crew helped the older Manning to 777 more yards and 22 more touchdowns, and it's not like there was a lot of margin to work with when starting with 4,700 and 33. Peyton 2010 and 2013 was like Brady 2011 and 2013 in reverse. Also, the whole "nothing without Peyton" argument is undermined by Garcon, a former undrafted rookie who caught 113 passes during the Redskins debacle. There is zero chance that Garcon would have developed the way he did, and received the opportunities he earned, if his early-career quarterback was Jake Locker. Peyton does make his receivers look better, but it often sticks to them after he's gone. 2. Cincinnati Bengals The Broncos have a receiving corps customized for Peyton Manning. The Bengals have the ideal receiving corps for an offense led by a mortal. Manning needs bunches of guys who can run option routes and catch 15-yard comebacks along the sidelines. Human quarterbacks typically need a deep threat, a possession target, a checkdown backfield receiver, a tight end who works the middle and so on. Instead of multiple multi-tools, the Bengals have excellent single-purpose weapons. A.J. Green is both the star and the designated deep threat. He makes the most of what long passes reach his general vicinity. Andy Dalton was 21-of-50 for 694 yards throwing deep to Green last year -- not terrible numbers until you count Dalton's four interceptions, the fact that "deep" means 15 or more yards downfield and the sheer number of overthrows caused by Dalton winding up and launching as hard as he could. Marvin Jones is the boundary guy who specializes in tough sideline catches. Mohamed Sanu is a screens-and-hitches guy who could still grow into more. Both Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert can line up anywhere and do anything expected of a tight end. Gio Bernard caught 56 passes out of the backfield last season, adding big-play ability on dump offs and short passes the team lacked in previous years. The Bengals lost electrifying jitterbug Andrew Hawkins to free agency this offseason, but his role shrunk as Bernard, Sanu and Eifert developed. There are only so many footballs to go around, and unfortunately, only one potato gun-armed quarterback to distribute them. Any receiving corps that helps Andy Dalton throw for 4,293 yards and 33 touchdowns is clearly very special. 3. Detroit Lions The Lions have had no success building a supporting cast for Calvin Johnson. Titus Young steered his life into the great roadside culvert of terrible choices. Ryan Broyles can get injured while filling out HMO paperwork. Mid-priced veteran pickups have not helped much: Nate Burleson broke his arm during a pizza run, while Tony Scheffler cannot even be trusted handling pizza without dropping it. All of those guys but Broyles are gone, but there are a handful of decent holdovers. Brandon Pettigrew can be frustrating, but at least the giant tight end is good for catching flat and drag passes and rumbling over some defenders. Reggie Bush is a bush is a bush. And Joique Bell is an excellent receiving back: He caught 21 passes that netted 10 or more yards last year, a very high total for a big bruiser who catches mostly dump-offs and screens. The Lions don't rank third because of Pettigrew or Bush types, of course. They rank third because they brought over Golden Tate from Seattle, drafted Eric Ebron and got some developmental mileage from receiver Kris Durham and tight end Joseph Fauria last year. Megatron and Tate may be the best 1-2 punch in the NFL this year. Ebron's seam stretching will take some pressure off Pettigrew. Durham and Fauria were miscast as a No. 2 receiver and a frequent-use tight end, respectively, last year. As a third or fourth target, Durham can be effective, and Fauria will allow Jim Caldwell to deploy two tight-end sets even if Pettigrew is hurt or Ebron is slow to develop. The reason the Lions got by with such terrible secondary targets in recent years was Megatron: Opponents have to double cover him constantly, unless they are happy allowing him 14 catches for 329 yards (the Cowboys strategy). That will leave Tate single covered this year, unless you split the safeties. Oops, Ebron is flying up the seam at slot receiver speeds. Pettigrew is crossing the middle. Look how many yards of open field are in front of Bell, who runs like an out-of-control riding mower, or Bush, who still has some wheels and moves. It's a whole series of matchup nightmares. There are few teams capable of stopping the Detroit Lions. One of them, of course, is the Detroit Lions. 4. New Orleans Saints The Saints used to have the deepest, most multi-dimensional receiving corps in the NFL. Then, guys began getting old or moving on. By last season, it was clear that Lance Moore and Darren Sproles weren't the playmakers they were a few years ago, while role players of the Super Bowl era like Devery Henderson and Reggie Bush were long gone. Luckily, the Saints had the best tight end in the NFL, tight end Jimmy Graham, who made tons of plays in the modern tight end role: He lined up as a wide receiver or in the slot like most other tight ends, but he also lined up at tight end frequently, like a tight end. Stalwarts Marques Colston and Pierre Thomas also kept playing at a high level. Thomas' emergence as a receiver in recent seasons was one reason Sproles became expendable. Graham and old friends like Colston could not keep the Saints in the top five by themselves, however. Kenny Stills emerged as one of the best receiving prospects in the NFL in the second half of last season. Stills finished the season 12-of-23 on "deep" receptions for 450 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 78 percent of the short passes (less than 15 yards in the air) thrown to him. Stills looks like the new improved version of Henderson or Robert Meachem, who is still hanging around the depth chart. Coveted rookie Brandin Cooks (the Saints leapt past the Chiefs and Eagles to grab him) is incredibly swift and willing to make tough catches in traffic, making him a prime candidate for the slot version of Sproles' old role. Assuming tight end Graham realizes that he will not be able to prove he is something other than a tight end, this is a multidimensional receiving corps reminiscent of the Super Bowl crew. And the guy throwing them the ball is still pretty darn good, too. 5. Chicago Bears Brandon Marshall has been in some awful situations over the years. He was trapped in Josh McDaniels' doghouse/gulag in Denver. He was the lone target in ill-conceived offenses in Miami and Chicago, culminating in 2012, when Mike Tice decided to send Marshall into patterns by himself while nine teammates blocked for Jay Cutler. Marshall persevered with five 100-catch seasons and seven 1,000-yard seasons. As Dan Pompei wrote last week, Marshall is working through both diagnosed mental illness and some of the immature behaviors that plagued his early life , but on the field he has been durable, and he has not caused a ripple of clubhouse controversy. He may be the least appreciated truly-great player of our generation, someone who would have had Jerry Rice seasons if he played with better quarterbacks or organizations that could construct a logically functioning offense from 2006 to 2012. Alshon Jeffery is like a younger Marshall clone. Both are built like jumbo possession receivers but can also get deep, and few teams have two cornerbacks who can match up with receivers so multi-dimensional. If a quirky personality makes you run for the safety of Bear Pascoe, then Martellus Bennett is not the tight end for you. But Marc Trestman stopped worrying about strange quotes and the occasional blown assignment and learned to love the Black Unicorn, who blocks like a traditional tight end but can line up split wide when needed. Matt Forte ensures the Bears' place in the top five. He has been one of the best receiving backs in the NFL since he entered the league. Among other contributions last year, he converted first downs on third-and-nine, third-and-12, fourth-and four and fourth-and-nine (!), plus a touchdown catch on third-and-goal from the four-yard line and several shorter conversions. Lack of depth keeps the Bears from getting any higher than fifth, though Josh Morgan is a decent No. 3 receiver, and rookie running back Ka'Deem Carey is a better change-up back than Michael Bush, who was the running back equivalent of a baseball pitcher bouncing his new knuckle screwball to the plate with an 0-2 count. Worth Mentioning wr1_zps0b748fb9.pngKeenan Allen gives the Chargers one of the NFL's best young wide receivers. (USA TODAY Sports) Top 10: San Diego Chargers. The Chargers keep barging in to various top and bottom fives, squeaking in just below the leaders with a receiving corps most people think of as buddy cops Antonio Gates (who has only three days until retirement and doesn't need this guff) and Keenan Allen (young hotshot with all the right moves but a lot to learn.) Allen is one of the brightest young prospects in the NFL. It's obligatory to compare him to young Anquan Boldin, mainly because the comparison fits so well. Gates is fading, but with 77 catches last year, he has a funny way of showing it. It's easy to forget how great a prospect Eddie Royal appeared to be before the Josh McDaniels era got weird in Denver. Royal caught 70 percent of the passes thrown to him last season, a high rate partly attributable to Philip Rivers but also a product of Royal's ability to get open underneath. Backup tight end Ladarius Green appears ready to slip right into Gates' shoes, perhaps a pair he purchased in 2003 or 2005. Danny Woodhead gives the Chargers their final push toward the top. Woodhead ranked first among running backs in Football Outsiders' DYAR metric as a receiver, and there are lots of stats that demonstrate that he did more than the average screens-and-dumps guy out of the backfield. He's my favorite Woodhead split: In the red zone, he caught 21 of 23 passes thrown to him for 118 yards, five touchdowns, three other first downs and a variety of other useful outcomes (like eight yards on first-and-10 from the 15). The Chargers got a little crazy when handing off to the tiny Woodhead in goal-line situations last year, but he was so useful as a receiver that it explained why he was in the red zone huddle. Top 10: Houston Texans. Assuming Andre Johnson finds peace within his heart, soul and savings account by September, he joins DeAndre Hopkins to form one of the best 1-2 receiving tandems in the NFL. Arian Foster returns as a productive backfield receiver, and Garrett Graham stepped up last year as a possession tight end. What the Texans lack is depth. Keshawn Martin is hard to evaluate because he had so much lost-cause production last year: He caught a lot of very short passes from Case Keenum in December losses. Backup tight end Ryan Griffin is in the same boat, while rookie third stringer C.J. Fiedorowicz is a great blocker who can catch a little, not vice-versa. Backup running back Andre Brown is not a very good receiver because he always has his fingers crossed that he will finally stay healthy. The Bears don't have much depth either. Think of the Texans as the Bears except that Graham is not as good as Martellus Bennett, Hopkins is a developmental year behind Alshon Jeffery, Foster is not as versatile as Matt Forte and Andre Johnson is grumpy. At any rate, this is a great support network for a young quarterback. On the Rise: Buffalo Bills. The Bills have about a million dudes on their receiver depth chart right now, and listing them all would get ridiculous. Just to reiterate things I have written about elsewhere: 1) Steve Johnson will help the 49ers as a No. 3/matchup guy, but he was hurting the Bills as a veteran focal point, so the switch to rookie Sammy Watkins will be an almost immediate upgrade. 2) Holy cow, Marquise Goodwin is fast. 3) Last year's quarterback situation made it difficult to evaluate players like Robert Woods and T.J. Graham. Coping with a rookie quarterback is one thing; coping with quarterbacks recently pulled off the waiver wire for several weeks is another thing entirely. 4) Scott Chandler is a very good tight end and crazy matchup specimen who would have a much higher profile on a better team. 5) Both Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller contribute positively to the passing game, though Spiller got stuck hauling in too many swing passes for tiny gains last year from quarterbacks just trying to survive. 6) The Bills have a lot of guys with initials for first names. On the Decline: Atlanta Falcons. The 2012 Falcons receivers were the last crew to outplay the Seahawks secondary. Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White and Julio Jones combined for 17 receptions, 186 yards and two touchdowns in the 2012 playoff win, allowing the Falcons to dictate offensively to the Seahawks for three quarters in a game that feels like it took place 20 years ago. Gonzo is now retired, White is 32 years old and Jones has not returned to full practice since October foot surgery. Jones should be at full speed for the start of camp, but untested Levine Toilolo is now the starting tight end, Harry Douglas returns as the very ordinary third receiver and the Falcons never seem capable of getting the most from their running backs in the passing game. The Falcons receiving corps should still be pretty good, but it has fallen far since 2012, and the team was too busy rebuilding other units to improve it. From the Ashes: New York Jets. Santonio Holmes was the Jets 2011-13 malaise made flesh. He was always an ordinary-at-best receiver -- his great 2009 season was fueled by a bunch of big stat games during a Steelers losing streak -- but as the Jets became sillier he devolved into the worst kind of paycheck guy, always just injured enough to have an excuse to play poorly or disappear for a convenient stretch. When he was on the field, he sometimes acted like the proper way to respond to an off-target pass was to shrug at it as it flew by, then make sure everyone noticed his disappointed body language. It was always depressing to hear television commentators mention Holmes as if he were some Larry Fitzgerald-level talent trying to overcome injuries and bad quarterbacks, and to see the Jets beat writers trapped in a Groundhog Day of "what's Santonio's health status?" stories every summer. The shackles have been loosened, folks. The Jets have finally moved on. Stephen Hill posted one of my favorite stat lines ever last year during Geno Smith's great search for the broadside of a barn. Hill was targeted 13 times in four games, catching one pass for two yards. If I were selecting two receivers to make a struggling quarterback's situation worse, I would have a hard time doing better (or worse) than Holmes and Hill, who played in a flexbone option offense in college and still does not appear to know all nine basic receiver routes. Hill is still listed as a starter, but Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson and a bunch of rookies will probably limit him to "big guy going deep" duties. Remember that Decker is not just a Peyton Manning creation: He looked like a rising star in 2011 when catching passes from Kyle Orton in Denver. Kerley is a good slot target, and Nelson is a long-and-lean possession guy who makes the most of the opportunities the Jets grant him when not fiddling with Holmes and Hill. The rookie crop is headed by Jalen Saunders, whose screen-and-burn game could make him Reno's best friend, and also features Shaquelle Evans and tight end Jace Amaro, who will be a speedy complement/potential replacement for talented-but-inconsistent Jeff Cumberland. These "from the ashes" segments appear to have confused some readers. They do not represent a team suddenly lurching into the top 10, but a team going from disaster to a place somewhere in the middle of the pack. This is not a great receiving corps, but it no longer consists of players who seem to have been selected to make the offense worse, or who clearly did not want to be on the field. The Six Worst ReceivingCorps wr2_zpsbccb7209.pngThe Bucs receiving corps needs a boost from first-round pick Mike Evans. (USA TODAY Sports) 27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans (tie) The Bucs and Titans don't have terrible receiver corps. They do have hard-to-evaluate receiver corps, however, thanks to years of bad quarterbacking and some offensive mismanagement. That's why they are stuck in this tie. In Tennessee, Kendall Wright is a fine receiver trying to get by on two or three accurate downfield throws per game. Rivers McCown at Football Outsiders broke down Justin Hunter's rookie season at length, and while the drops and rookie mistakes were alarming, a couple of 40- to 54-yard receptions will go a long way toward building coaches' confidence while you are developing. Then again, Nate Washington was in Tennessee when they built the Grand Ole Opry, and targeting Delanie Walker for 86 passes is a sign of madness. Newcomer Dexter McCluster can be a fine slot receiver, an acceptable No. 2 wideout or a dangerous change-up running back. He cannot be all three at once, however, which is what the Titans really needed. Vincent Jackson is a heck of a receiver in Tampa Bay. Few receivers are better at getting open against tight coverage and watching a ball sail five yards out of bounds beyond them. Unfortunately, Jackson is now 31 and has needed a butterfly net to catch passes for so many years that it is hard to truly evaluate him. Rookie Mike Evans is a bad-ball specialist -- the Bucs could have used him in 2012-13 -- but very raw, and there is no depth whatsoever behind him. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, another rookie, is expected to play a major role at tight end, but he is a project. Doug Martin is a good backfield receiver when healthy, and the Evans-ASJ combo may look much better in December than August, but this is clearly a work-in-progress receiving corps. 29. Oakland Raiders The Raiders could go in the same category as the Titans and Buccaneers. Rod Streater came from nowhere (Temple, to be specific) but is developing into a very good all-purpose receiver. Denarius Moore has wheels, and James Jones looks like one of those deep threat receivers who is disappointing early in his career but has a long second career once his technique catches up to his talent: the Brandon Lloyd/Eddie Kennison career path. But then there are those tight ends: David Ausberry, Mychal Rivera, Nick Kasa. Maurice Jones-Drew looks like a receiving threat at this point in his career only because the Jaguars forced four or five passes in the flat to him per game. The bench behind the top three receivers is loaded with the likes of Greg "The Drop Machine" Little and hanger-on Juron Criner. Marcel Reece is great in the flats, but we are talking about a fullback, folks. Raiders receivers of recent years have had a habit of developing to a certain level then stopping: Ronald Curry, Chaz Schilens, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford, Louis Murphy and possibly Moore, who has had variations on his rookie season for three years. The quarterbacks and organization deserve much of the blame. The organization has not demonstrated much change, and the quarterbacks are still terrible, so the Raiders are stuck here.  30. Cleveland Browns This ranking assumes that Gordon will be suspended for at least half of the 2014 season; as he was last seen getting a speeding ticket in a car that reportedly smelled like the army jackets in the cloakroom during Laser Pink Floyd at the planetarium, that's a safe guess. But wait … the Browns have assembled the most amazing superhero team this side of the Great Lakes Avengers. It's the Legion of Oddball Slot Receivers! There's Miles Austin, an elder statesman with the power to cloud Jerry Jones' mind so he overpays him! There's Anthony Armstrong, former Redskins deep threat who can name all of the teams in the Intense Football League! There's Andrew Hawkins, whose experience in reality television and as an employee in a wind turbine factory gave him the power to cling to the bottoms of depth charts throughout Ohio! There's Pizza Delivery Lord Nate Burleson! There's Earl Bennett … oh heck, he already got cut. Best of all, there are no drafted rookies, because who needs anyone from the best rookie class in 20 years when you have guys from the CFL, Arena football, the Intense Football League and stars of the 2007 Seahawks and 2009 Cowboys? OK, OK. Hawkins has screen-and-burn capability. Burleson and Austin can still do a little something on underneath routes. Travis Benjamin can fly and may get an increased role. And Jordan Cameron is a very good possession tight end. All these slot guys and tight ends need are a pair of starting receivers to draw some coverage deep and toward the sidelines so they can work their magic. Unfortunately, the one guy who fits the description has issues. Oh, and yes I am aware that Chris Ogbonnaya caught 48 passes last season. Twenty-two of them came with the Browns trailing in the fourth quarter. He's not a good receiver out of the backfield. 31. Kansas City Chiefs Todd Pinkston is miscast as a No. 1 receiver. The size and speed profile fits, and he is good at tangling up and drawing pass interference, but Pinkston doesn't get separation against good cornerbacks and does not work the middle of the field effectively. James Thrash is a hardworking slot receiver miscast as an every-down starter. He can turn short slants into big plays but must be schemed open. Tight end Chad Lewis is workmanlike but strictly an underneath receiver. Youngster Freddie Mitchell left college with all of the talent in the world but does not seem interested in putting the pieces together. This receiving corps relies far too much on running back Brian Westbrook, whose talent and effort are undeniable, but who will get injured at the worst possible times if his workload is not monitored. Oops! I wrote a scouting report for the 2003 Eagles by mistake! OK, this is an easy fix. Replace Todd Pinkston with Dwayne Bowe, James Thrash with Donnie Avery, Chad Lewis with Anthony Fasano, Fred Ex with A.J. Jenkins and Brian Westbrook with Jamaal Charles. Everything else is 100 percent accurate. Terrell Owens is calling Andy Reid as we speak, assuming his cell phone plan is paid up. 32. Carolina Panthers The Panthers host the Seahawks on Oct. 26. Their over/under for receiving yards should be around 75, with Mike Tolbert providing most of it.link

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      Wow, the same as the titans? Vj is around a top 10-15 wr. And how exactly is being able to get the ball hard to evaluate and how does that translate into a butterfly net? Now being a physical and high pointing the ball is a bad thing? Evens was a top draft pick but I can see the reserve with the rookies. I don’t think the author even knew any other receivers on roster.Overall not a terrible list, but there's a handful I would change.

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      They basically downgraded Vjax for making too many tough catches. About the stupidest thing I've ever read...

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      My god. The dumbness in this article is astounding.

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      You have to rank them somewhere.  Too much rookie blood to be considered very high.  We should do this evaluation at the end of the season.  Can we get 3800-4400 yards out of Tedford’s offense with a lot of rookies in the mix?  I think we have to to win north of 8 games.

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      I love how he says we don’t have a terrible wr core but he lists us as a terrible wr core. Alllllrighty then. The titans have a crappy wr core, the fact that we have vjax alone makes us better than them but when you include our first two picks it’s a joke for us to be tied with them.

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      Yes Sean , but vjax makes too many hard catches to be considered good. Haven’t you heard ?

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      Yes Sean , but vjax makes too many hard catches to be considered good. Haven't you heard ?

      I've been saying that for years. Bout time everyone else caught up.  8)

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      Jackson is aging and Evans is a project.  True.  But no mention of Wright having a very good year, Myers who is solid, or Louis Murphy who’s had some success in the NFL.I'm certain success is not in the hands of the receiving corps, but Tedford calling the right play and McCown getting the ball there.

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      Jackson is aging and Evans is a project.  True.  But no mention of Wright having a very good year, Myers who is solid, or Louis Murphy who's had some success in the NFL.I'm certain success is not in the hands of the receiving corps, but Tedford calling the right play and McCown getting the ball there.

      If you want to downgrade the Bucs for relying on a rookie like Evans, fine, but it doesn't seem like the author is doing the same thing for the Lions and Eric Ebron, the Saints and Brandin Cooks, nor the Bills and Sammy Watkins. Those guys are all being treated like proven playmakers.

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      I’m not familiar with this “writer” but by looking at his write up on the Chiefs, it’s almost satire. 

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      I think the Bucs assessment is pretty fair.  Lots of unknowns and hope from us heading into this season.  We’ve got potential, but with Offensive line concerns we could very well have a tough time getting things going on Offense.  I almost assume this is probably the case.    I give the Bucs around rank 20 with hopes that the O-line can pull it together fast. 

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      IMO our receivers are better than given credit for.  VJax is still a legitimate #1 WR option.  Mike Evans was a top 10 pick this year.  Louis Murphy has been somewhat productive when healthy and we have a host of young guys with speed/potential, count on production from at least one of those guys.  Author only mentions 2nd round pick ASJ at TE?  High hopes for him but Brandon Myers and Tim Wright combined for over 100 catches last year meaning the Bucs have easily the deepest TE group in the league.  At RB we have 3 guys with NFL 100 yard rushing performances to their name but little production in the passing game to this point and a 3rd round rookie who was one of the most productive pass-catching running backs the NCAA has seen in a while.  As long as our O Line holds up and we get at least average QB play we have plenty of weapons to catch the ball, heck this Bucs team probably has more weapons than we have ever had.  Definitely better than the Jets and Bills and probably some others not on this list.

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      Stupid article.#Dunkaneers

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      The weight was put on poor qb play and offense mismanagement.I have no problem with the opinion...  Especially since a will have a significant rookie learning curve vs NFL defenses.I fully expect a much better group after the bye week.

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      Yeah we’re definitely relying on some young blood and that’s enough reason for hesitation but Evans should be an upgrade over what Williams was (especially last year) and Louis Murphy (assuming he beats out Herron) is definitely the best slot WR we’ve had in here in a while (though I hope Herron wins the job). Our TE situation is pretty exciting. We should be middle of the pack currently but I wouldn’ be surprised if by years end we’re top ten.

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      Lot of homer in this thread.  Jackson is the only known commodity on this roster.  Outside of Evans, I’d take virtually every other non-starting WR (because the starting one’s are obvious given’s), on an NFL roster over the ones we have.  I think the author is being rather generous with the tied ranking at 27.  I’d put them at 31.  I’d trade every team’s WR corp for this one, except for Carolina.  I think that every WR, short of Jackson and Evans would be free agents in August if they were on other teams.  Like Josh Freeman was, they’re only in the NFL because we’re stuck with them.  I fully expect us to have an entire new back-up core of WR’s next year.

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      Lot of homer in this thread.  Jackson is the only known commodity on this roster.  Outside of Evans, I'd take virtually every other non-starting WR (because the starting one's are obvious given's), on an NFL roster over the ones we have.  I think the author is being rather generous with the tied ranking at 27.  I'd put them at 31.  I'd trade every team's WR corp for this one, except for Carolina.  I think that every WR, short of Jackson and Evans would be free agents in August if they were on other teams.  Like Josh Freeman was, they're only in the NFL because we're stuck with them.  I fully expect us to have an entire new back-up core of WR's next year.

      Ranked 31st? Umm...okay.

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      Right now I’d put them middle of the pack. They are certainly better than 27th. That’s absurd.

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      Lot of homer in this thread.  Jackson is the only known commodity on this roster.  Outside of Evans, I'd take virtually every other non-starting WR (because the starting one's are obvious given's), on an NFL roster over the ones we have.  I think the author is being rather generous with the tied ranking at 27.  I'd put them at 31.  I'd trade every team's WR corp for this one, except for Carolina.  I think that every WR, short of Jackson and Evans would be free agents in August if they were on other teams.  Like Josh Freeman was, they're only in the NFL because we're stuck with them.  I fully expect us to have an entire new back-up core of WR's next year.

      Ranked 31st? Umm...okay.

      LOL... yeah, because from 27 to 31 is a huge stretch, right?Dude, every WR on this roster stinks... with the exception of Jackson and the exclusion of Evans because we have no information on him.  Simply, we have 13 WR's currently on this roster... any of them not on the roster in September will NOT be on a NFL roster until others get hurt.  There are only 2 WR's on this team as we speak that even belong in the NFL. (I'll omit rookies from this only because we have no viable information on them yet as to whether they can play or not).

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      Jacksonville? I’ll take VJax over their bums if we’re erasing rookies from the equation. Cleveland sans Josh Gordon? They’re pretty rough. Oakland? I’ll take VJax over James Jones and the rest of their guys are as unproven as ours. Moore is ok I suppose. There are plenty of teams with worse WR situations than us and if we include Evans and our TEs there’s no reason we shouldn’t be middle of the pack.

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      Lot of homer in this thread.  Jackson is the only known commodity on this roster.  Outside of Evans, I'd take virtually every other non-starting WR (because the starting one's are obvious given's), on an NFL roster over the ones we have.  I think the author is being rather generous with the tied ranking at 27.  I'd put them at 31.  I'd trade every team's WR corp for this one, except for Carolina.  I think that every WR, short of Jackson and Evans would be free agents in August if they were on other teams.  Like Josh Freeman was, they're only in the NFL because we're stuck with them.  I fully expect us to have an entire new back-up core of WR's next year.

      Ranked 31st? Umm...okay.

      LOL... yeah, because from 27 to 31 is a huge stretch, right?Dude, every WR on this roster stinks... with the exception of Jackson and the exclusion of Evans because we have no information on him.  Simply, we have 13 WR's currently on this roster... any of them not on the roster in September will NOT be on a NFL roster until others get hurt.  There are only 2 WR's on this team as we speak that even belong in the NFL. (I'll omit rookies from this only because we have no viable information on them yet as to whether they can play or not).

      So, you think the Jets, Bills, Jags, Browns, Chiefs, and Raiders have better receiving options? I don't think we're top 10. But, we are middle of the road.

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      Everything about our WR Corps is based on potential beyond Jackson…We have to go on where they ranked last year...  bottom 30% in all categories as a unit.The worst receiving corps in the league will look like superstars in the right offense with the right QB.So many intangibles to rank WR corps...  especially in the offseason.

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      True but at least we know Murphy is an upgrade over our recent slot guys. Or he damn well should be, he’s been productive in the past. Ideally Herron can relegate him to the #4 spot, though.

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      You cant make the “exception” of Vjax. Its like saying the Saints suck at the QB position with the exception of Drew Brees.Vjax makes our wr core better than many because he's a proven pro bowl caliber #1.  Many teams don't have that guy , and if you don't it doesn't matter how good the 5th guy on your depth chart is.  I'll take ours.

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      Lot of homer in this thread.  Jackson is the only known commodity on this roster.  Outside of Evans, I'd take virtually every other non-starting WR (because the starting one's are obvious given's), on an NFL roster over the ones we have.  I think the author is being rather generous with the tied ranking at 27.  I'd put them at 31.  I'd trade every team's WR corp for this one, except for Carolina.  I think that every WR, short of Jackson and Evans would be free agents in August if they were on other teams.  Like Josh Freeman was, they're only in the NFL because we're stuck with them.  I fully expect us to have an entire new back-up core of WR's next year.

      Ranked 31st? Umm...okay.

      LOL... yeah, because from 27 to 31 is a huge stretch, right?Dude, every WR on this roster stinks... with the exception of Jackson and the exclusion of Evans because we have no information on him.  Simply, we have 13 WR's currently on this roster... any of them not on the roster in September will NOT be on a NFL roster until others get hurt.  There are only 2 WR's on this team as we speak that even belong in the NFL. (I'll omit rookies from this only because we have no viable information on them yet as to whether they can play or not).

      So, you think the Jets, Bills, Jags, Browns, Chiefs, and Raiders have better receiving options? I don't think we're top 10. But, we are middle of the road.

      Before I go team-by-team, no one can really say anything about rookies for the good or the bad because we don't know.  We will all differ on their expectations, so you can't really say anything for sure.  I think Evans will be really good and potentially great.  I don't think that'll happen this year though.  So, while I think Evans could be great, I think he'll have mediocre to below average production simply because of playing time.  He's a little raw and may need time to adjust to an NFL route tree, more advanced playbook, better corners, and so on.  As for the Bucs as a whole, the ONLY receiver worth a darn is Jackson.  He's probably not a top 10 WR, but he's definitely in the discussion.  My statements below are all based on WR's as compared to the Bucs with the given that Jackson is better (unless specified).  If we cut every other WR on the roster and picked up undrafted free agents and we'll be no worse.Jets - Yes.  Decker, Nelson, and Kerley are better than what the Bucs have.Bills - Yes.  Goodwin, Woods, and Williams are better than what the Bucs have.  (Note: I think Watkins will have a bigger and more immediate impact that Evans).Jags - Yes.  Shorts and Sanders are quality players.  If Blackmon plays and can stay out of trouble, the Jags are a no brainer because Blackmon is better than Jackson.Browns - Yes.  Burleson and Austin are solid WR's.  Like the Jags with Blackmon, if Gordon plays and stays out of trouble, the Browns are a no brainer as well because Gordon is an elite WR.Chiefs - Yes.  Bowe is at worse equal to Jackson.  After that, Donnie Avery is better than anyone the Bucs have.  I will say though, after I see what Evans really is, this one could change.Raiders - Yes.  This team lacks a top end WR, but Rod Streater is solid and Moore and Jones are pretty decent.  They won't like the world on fire, but they're all very serviceable.  Same as with the Chiefs, pending on Evans, this could change as well.

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      You cant make the "exception" of Vjax. Its like saying the Saints suck at the QB position with the exception of Drew Brees.Vjax makes our wr core better than many because he's a proven pro bowl caliber #1.  Many teams don't have that guy , and if you don't it doesn't matter how good the 5th guy on your depth chart is.  I'll take ours.

      It's not about making an "exception".  It's saying that it's a given that Jackson is better than what the other teams have.  But when you're talking about a whole group, 1 guy doesn't make every other bad thing go away.  Evans might have a rookie season much like Terrance Williams in Dallas, or like what Jackson did in San Diego.  He's unpolished and will need time.  I think the kid will eventually be really good, but this year, he may not make much of an impact.With other teams, even if they have 3 guys that are "decent", if any one of them gets hurt, they'll still be ok.  If Jackson gets hurt, this team is screwed.  It's completely dependent on Jackson.Also, your analogy with QB's is completely baseless.  Teams have 4 and 5 WR's that play every game but only 1 QB.  Every team would suck if their starter got hurt.  Though, the Bucs might actually get better.  I personally think Glennon is a better option than McCown.

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      Your claim we are 31st was stupid , bro. No matter how you try and spin it.

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      The Falcon demise is closer than i thought. I would’ve never guessed that Roddy White is older than Vjax.

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      Your claim we are 31st was stupid , bro. No matter how you try and spin it.

      QFT.Clown Shoes said Justin Blackmon is better than VJax. That's a joke.

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      I’m sorry, but none of those teams have better WR situations than us.

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      The thing about receiving groups is you only notice the bottom of the roster guys with the teams with good QBs because only good QBs are able to distribute that many passes. If the Bucs had Kenny Stills with Freeman and Glennon everyone would think he was horrible but with the Saints he’s a fantasy football bye week starter.

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      The thing about receiving groups is you only notice the bottom of the roster guys with the teams with good QBs because only good QBs are able to distribute that many passes. If the Bucs had Kenny Stills with Freeman and Glennon everyone would think he was horrible but with the Saints he's a fantasy football bye week starter.

      Good point. Let's see the numbers Decker puts up with Geno this season.

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      The thing about receiving groups is you only notice the bottom of the roster guys with the teams with good QBs because only good QBs are able to distribute that many passes. If the Bucs had Kenny Stills with Freeman and Glennon everyone would think he was horrible but with the Saints he's a fantasy football bye week starter.

      Good point. Let's see the numbers Decker puts up with Geno this season.

      trash!!

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      I can’t talk about geno. I mean, the guy beat schiano, a coach that faced him FIVE times, and beat him every single time.As much as I hate schiano, I have to respect that.

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      Your claim we are 31st was stupid , bro. No matter how you try and spin it.

      That's your opinion.  I'm not trying to spin anything.  Carolina has the only WR corp worse than the Bucs right now.

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      Your claim we are 31st was stupid , bro. No matter how you try and spin it.

      QFT.Clown Shoes said Justin Blackmon is better than VJax. That's a joke.

      He is.  I'm sorry your Pewter colored glasses are shielding you from the obvious.  Now, he's stupid, I won't argue that.  But, if I know he's going to play 16 games, I'm taking him every day of the week and twice on Sunday over Jackson.

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      Then you are crazy lol.

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      Your claim we are 31st was stupid , bro. No matter how you try and spin it.

      QFT.Clown Shoes said Justin Blackmon is better than VJax. That's a joke.

      He is.  I'm sorry your Pewter colored glasses are shielding you from the obvious.  Now, he's stupid, I won't argue that.  But, if I know he's going to play 16 games, I'm taking him every day of the week and twice on Sunday over Jackson.

      Based on what? The one whole season he's played? Or the 4 games he played last year? Or the, possibly, zero games he will play this year? Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I just can't see what you are basing this off of.

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      He’s trying to show us all how objective he is . Objectively stupid,

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      Your claim we are 31st was stupid , bro. No matter how you try and spin it.

      QFT.Clown Shoes said Justin Blackmon is better than VJax. That's a joke.

      He is.  I'm sorry your Pewter colored glasses are shielding you from the obvious.  Now, he's stupid, I won't argue that.  But, if I know he's going to play 16 games, I'm taking him every day of the week and twice on Sunday over Jackson.

      Based on what? The one whole season he's played? Or the 4 games he played last year? Or the, possibly, zero games he will play this year? Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I just can't see what you are basing this off of.

      Based on talent and common sense.  Blackmon was drafted with the #5 pick because of his high ceiling.  His ceiling is still higher than what Jackson is.  Now, like I said above, it would only be based on if I knew Blackmon was going to play every week.

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      He's trying to show us all how objective he is . Objectively stupid,

      Like I said, it's common sense.  If you choose to be a homer on the issue, that's fine with me.

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      They way I see it Blackmon doesn’t exist, who cares how good he is when he’s never on the field and may never play again. Even if he is playing the only definite plus he has on VJax is age.

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      Based on talent and common sense.  Blackmon was drafted with the #5 pick because of his high ceiling.  His ceiling is still higher than what Jackson is.  Now, like I said above, it would only be based on if I knew Blackmon was going to play every week.

      I know. So was David Terell, Charles Rodgers, Reggie Williams, Troy Williamson, and The Non CMG Mike Williams, Heyward Bey, etc. So, anyways, if his ceiling is higher than VJax; then I can say that Evans has a higher ceiling than Blackmon. 

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      He's trying to show us all how objective he is . Objectively stupid,

      Like I said, it's common sense.  If you choose to be a homer on the issue, that's fine with me.

      Look, as of today, Vjax is three times the receiver Blackmon is.  You can have talent all you want but you have to use it and it has to translate TDs.  It's not being a homer if one receiver produces and the other one doesn't.  I think Blackmon has 6 TD ever, and I think for Vjax that has been done in three games. 

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      Based on talent and common sense.  Blackmon was drafted with the #5 pick because of his high ceiling.  His ceiling is still higher than what Jackson is.  Now, like I said above, it would only be based on if I knew Blackmon was going to play every week.

      I know. So was David Terell, Charles Rodgers, Reggie Williams, Troy Williamson, and The Non CMG Mike Williams, Heyward Bey, etc. So, anyways, if his ceiling is higher than VJax; then I can say that Evans has a higher ceiling than Blackmon.

      The problem with your analogy (Rodgers, Williams, et al), is that none of them ever did anything... ever.  At least Blackmon in his rookie season put up really nice numbers for a rookie with a horrible team and terrible QB.I can't totally agree with your Evans / Blackmon ceiling either.  Blackmon's ceiling by all accounts when coming into the league was an elite #1 WR... no one really ever said that about Evans.  I think Evans is going really good, but I don't think he'll ever reach Calvin Johnson / AJ Green / Demaryius Thomas / Dez Bryant levels.  Another difference is that Blackmon has played in the NFL... and Evans hasn't.If you looked at my original post, I didn't really factor in rookies because they've never played a down.  We don't know anything about them.  My whole stance is based on "as of right now".  When the season is over, we can re-evaluate.

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      He's trying to show us all how objective he is . Objectively stupid,

      Like I said, it's common sense.  If you choose to be a homer on the issue, that's fine with me.

      Look, as of today, Vjax is three times the receiver Blackmon is.  You can have talent all you want but you have to use it and it has to translate TDs.  It's not being a homer if one receiver produces and the other one doesn't.  I think Blackmon has 6 TD ever, and I think for Vjax that has been done in three games.

      I never said otherwise.  All I said was that if Blackmon does play, he's better than Jackson.Also, to note, it took Jackson being active for 32 games for him to get his first 6 TD's.  Blackmon got 5 in his rookie season.

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      The problem with your analogy (Rodgers, Williams, et al), is that none of them ever did anything... ever.  At least Blackmon in his rookie season put up really nice numbers for a rookie with a horrible team and terrible QB.I can't totally agree with your Evans / Blackmon ceiling either.  Blackmon's ceiling by all accounts when coming into the league was an elite #1 WR... no one really ever said that about Evans.  I think Evans is going really good, but I don't think he'll ever reach Calvin Johnson / AJ Green / Demaryius Thomas / Dez Bryant levels.  Another difference is that Blackmon has played in the NFL... and Evans hasn't.If you looked at my original post, I didn't really factor in rookies because they've never played a down.  We don't know anything about them.  My whole stance is based on "as of right now".  When the season is over, we can re-evaluate.

      Evans' ceiling is as an elite #1 receiver. That's why he was picked in the top 10, despite there being one other elite #1 receiver in the draft. As a prospect, he's at the very least equal to Blackmon was because he's considerably taller and carries a lot more weight while having the same speed or at worst being a hair slower. When you factor in that Blackmon is a complete idiot and Evans is a pretty good guy, most people would rate Evans better. He has the ability to be as good as anyone short of Calvin Johnson or AJ Green.

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      I’ll take the guy who actually sees the field. That guy is not Blackmon.

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      Oh…and while you’re talking about Blackmon putting up decent numbers his rookie year with a bad qb and bad coaching/team; VJax put up 1224 and 7 with Glennon and Schiano last year.

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      I'll take the guy who actually sees the field. That guy is not Blackmon.

      Blackmon is a drunk... He cant see anything.

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      I'll take the guy who actually sees the field. That guy is not Blackmon.

      Blackmon is a drunk... He cant see anything.

      I wonder when he got pulled over for his DUI, if the officer made him walk a fly route.

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      Your claim we are 31st was stupid , bro. No matter how you try and spin it.

      QFT.Clown Shoes said Justin Blackmon is better than VJax. That's a joke.

      He is.  I'm sorry your Pewter colored glasses are shielding you from the obvious.  Now, he's stupid, I won't argue that.  But, if I know he's going to play 16 games, I'm taking him every day of the week and twice on Sunday over Jackson.

      Justin Blackmon? You're kiddin, right?

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      The problem with your analogy (Rodgers, Williams, et al), is that none of them ever did anything... ever.  At least Blackmon in his rookie season put up really nice numbers for a rookie with a horrible team and terrible QB.I can't totally agree with your Evans / Blackmon ceiling either.  Blackmon's ceiling by all accounts when coming into the league was an elite #1 WR... no one really ever said that about Evans.  I think Evans is going really good, but I don't think he'll ever reach Calvin Johnson / AJ Green / Demaryius Thomas / Dez Bryant levels.  Another difference is that Blackmon has played in the NFL... and Evans hasn't.If you looked at my original post, I didn't really factor in rookies because they've never played a down.  We don't know anything about them.  My whole stance is based on "as of right now".  When the season is over, we can re-evaluate.

      Evans' ceiling is as an elite #1 receiver. That's why he was picked in the top 10, despite there being one other elite #1 receiver in the draft. As a prospect, he's at the very least equal to Blackmon was because he's considerably taller and carries a lot more weight while having the same speed or at worst being a hair slower. When you factor in that Blackmon is a complete idiot and Evans is a pretty good guy, most people would rate Evans better. He has the ability to be as good as anyone short of Calvin Johnson or AJ Green.

      AJ Green ain't all that.

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      The problem with your analogy (Rodgers, Williams, et al), is that none of them ever did anything... ever.  At least Blackmon in his rookie season put up really nice numbers for a rookie with a horrible team and terrible QB.I can't totally agree with your Evans / Blackmon ceiling either.  Blackmon's ceiling by all accounts when coming into the league was an elite #1 WR... no one really ever said that about Evans.  I think Evans is going really good, but I don't think he'll ever reach Calvin Johnson / AJ Green / Demaryius Thomas / Dez Bryant levels.  Another difference is that Blackmon has played in the NFL... and Evans hasn't.If you looked at my original post, I didn't really factor in rookies because they've never played a down.  We don't know anything about them.  My whole stance is based on "as of right now".  When the season is over, we can re-evaluate.

      Evans' ceiling is as an elite #1 receiver. That's why he was picked in the top 10, despite there being one other elite #1 receiver in the draft. As a prospect, he's at the very least equal to Blackmon was because he's considerably taller and carries a lot more weight while having the same speed or at worst being a hair slower. When you factor in that Blackmon is a complete idiot and Evans is a pretty good guy, most people would rate Evans better. He has the ability to be as good as anyone short of Calvin Johnson or AJ Green.

      AJ Green ain't all that.

      Umm...AJ Green is an elite receiver. He is all that.

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      Green is probably the second best wide receiver in the league.

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      Lol @ the suggestion that Blackmon is better than Vjax.

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      Green is probably the second best wide receiver in the league.

      I would say that's Dez Bryant or Brandon Marshall but the argument for AJ Green being in the conversation is legit.

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      Green is probably the second best wide receiver in the league.

      I would say that's Dez Bryant or Brandon Marshall but the argument for AJ Green being in the conversation is legit.

      Actually I forgot about Josh Gordon. He's clear cut #2 and you could possibly make the argument he was better than Calvin last year.

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      Green is probably the second best wide receiver in the league.

      I would say that's Dez Bryant or Brandon Marshall but the argument for AJ Green being in the conversation is legit.

      Actually I forgot about Josh Gordon. He's clear cut #2 and you could possibly make the argument he was better than Calvin last year.

      He'll be a huge help in getting JFF acclimated to the league this upcoming season.

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      It’s a shame that he can’t put down the pipe.

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      Blackmon is better than vjax, evans doesnt have a #1ceiling, aj green isnt all that, and josh Gordon will help Jff this year. Got it.

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      Green is probably the second best wide receiver in the league.

      I would say that's Dez Bryant or Brandon Marshall but the argument for AJ Green being in the conversation is legit.

      I would definitely take Dez or Marshall.

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      So Ryan Leaf is better than Aaron Rodgers. This logic is awesome.

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      So Ryan Leaf is better than Aaron Rodgers. This logic is awesome.

      Keyshawn Johnson is better than Randy Moss, Micheal Clayton is better than Dez Bryant and Vincent Jackson, but everyone is better than Victor Cruz.His logic is outstanding.

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      ..Why does it smell like burnt rubber in here?

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      Lot of homer in this thread.  Jackson is the only known commodity on this roster.  Outside of Evans, I'd take virtually every other non-starting WR (because the starting one's are obvious given's), on an NFL roster over the ones we have.  I think the author is being rather generous with the tied ranking at 27.  I'd put them at 31.  I'd trade every team's WR corp for this one, except for Carolina.  I think that every WR, short of Jackson and Evans would be free agents in August if they were on other teams.  Like Josh Freeman was, they're only in the NFL because we're stuck with them.  I fully expect us to have an entire new back-up core of WR's next year.

      +1.

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