Re: Does anybody care that the Patriots have zero Wide Receivers? just leave out Danny A.
posted at 7/31/2013 10:14 AM EDT
In response to anonymis' comment:
IMO, part of the equation when it comes to inexperienced receivers (rookies) or veteran WRs breaks down into talent (creating separation, running precise routes, juking out defender, shielding with body...), ability to understand the route trees (mental, what are all the options), communication with Brady, and timing (does Brady have time to throw, is he being harassed, where and when to throw).
If you think that Brady and the WRs will not have growing pains, then I think that would be naiive. Even Manning is having growing pains with Welker (but the process is likely accelerated due to their collective experience).
I've been on record as saying that Brady hasn't developed a lot of young receivers. Tight Ends - different story. I will be proven wrong this year if Brady turns these guys into effective players.
That said, he has no choice but to do so, and Brady is good enough to do so. It may be that my opinion stems from the fact that he never really had to do so, as the young receivers he's had previously could not break through due to the excellence of the vet receivers, or maybe the pats just drafted poorly at the position.
The counter point was that Brady was effective with Branch/Givens, and I accept that point with some exceptions. Back then the pats worked in more of a ball control framework and had a better running. They also had a superior defense that could keep the team in games on its own. Ball control is most effective when the defense can control the opposition's offense. The current defense hasn't been THAT good, and Brady's own excellence as well as other offensive players have covered that up. Very "Manning-Colt-like".
Its a new world for the pats this year. Frankly, I think you all should be excited, if not also nervous due to the unknown.