Re: Bedard Would also let Lloyd walk (i brought this possibility up, reiss recently wrote about it, now bedard)
posted at 2/13/2013 10:02 AM EST
Health is the biggest problem with the WR/TE group.
Can Gronk, Hernandez, Ballard, Edelman(if they sign him) all stay healthy?
IF Gronk and Ballard man the TE spots. Then you have Hernandez and Llyod playing WR. If they sign Edelman you have another. If they want a stretch the field type they could even resign stallworth. If they work something out with Welker then you have him also.
The offense did not have Ballard (better than both Fells and Hooman). They lost Gronk(Again), lost Hernandez for a bunch of games. Lost Edelman for almost half the season. He started the season, can play outside not just slot.(much better than Branch at this point in their careers) Lost stallworth after bringin him back for one game.
Their weapons would be much better simply by staying healthy for a whole season and progressing and growing together as a unit.
If they let both Welker AND Lloyd walk then you are getting rid of BOTH WR's that were able to stay healthy and on the field all season long. Does that seem like a smart move to you?
Drafting a WR is great in theory and if they do(need some youth added for sure), I prefer they do it in the 2nd not the 3rd. They are picking at the end of the round as always and doing it at the end of 3rd is like a 4th and the WR's down there do not often give you much. Yes I know there have been some late WR picks that have worked out but the law of averages are not on your side. ..and it has not worked for the Patriots lately.
The bigger problem still is, as always, Brady getting his new to the system or young WR's in his circle of trust. Having to go after Llyod, Branch(again), Stallwoth(again), and Gaffney(again) and trading for Salas (who they unfortunatley could not slide past the league for a week) are glaring examples of how difficult they think it is to find a WR that will work in their system without having prior experience in it.
Which is the exact question when the Patriots consider Jennings or Bowe. Neither of whom are "young". Certainly younger than Branch and Welker however. They have been very successful in the league but would they be in the Patriots system? The Patriots have already seen the likes of Joey Galloway, Chad Johnson, and Donald Hayes as examples of players being successful elsewhere but not as a Patriot. Jennings has his own durability concerns and he is not "big/tall" like reactionary fans are calling for.