Re: How many TE do we keep?
posted at 8/18/2011 6:22 PM EDT
In Response to Re: How many TE do we keep?
[QUOTE]@PatsLifer (the reply button isn't working) . . . I think a lot depends on Maneri's skills as a TE, which we haven't seen. Even if a TE is mostly a blocker, you want him to be able to be at least a little threat as a receiver. This means he has to be able to catch reasonably well and has to be agile enough to run routes. I know Maneri was a TE in college, but he may not have NFL level skills--and I assume they've beefed him up a bit, which could mean he's lost some speed and agility in the open field. I think before they would cut a third TE and rely on a guy like Maneri as a versatile back-up at both tackle and TE, they'd want to be 100% sure Maneri could be an adequate TE. Even if they thought this, though, I don't think they'd cut a Yeatman or Smith if they saw one of them having longer term potential. BB's is always thinking a few years ahead as well as thinking about the current season. Plus, he's got to think about what happens if Gronk is injured. All of these reasons make me think he's going to keep either Smith or Yeatman--though I doubt he'll keep both just because roster slots are at a premium.
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All good points. I don't know when Maneri caught his last ball. It could have been 2 years ago while still at Temple. I haven't seen anything from camp or practice reports suggesting they have worked him with the TE group as well. So, who knows if he can still catch or still has some agility.
It depends on how far out BB is looking, what he needs now, vs. a year from now. Yeatman although a "crushing blocker", hasnt' played TE or caught a pass in anything meaningful. His transition I think will take longer than this season if he is called on to do more than just blocking. The most NFL ready kid is Smith for all the obvious reasons..he's played the position and although slow, can block and catch.
So, back to my reasoning. If the now is more important than next year, and you require a more complete TE, you keep a kid like Smith. If you can wait on the development, and only require someone who will block, then maybe you go with a guy like Yeatman, and give him time to develop if he has the larger upside. It depends on what BB wants out of a 3rd TE this year. Again, maybe you roll the dice and say Gronk and Hern will finish the year unscathed. If you do, and believe Yeatman has the bigger upside, you go with Yeatman and send Smith to PS.
That is what I think will happen in the end. Smith has a better chance to stick with our PS than Yeatman I believe, and we can wait on his development.