Re: It's Austin Collie Time
posted at 1/18/2014 12:29 PM EST
In response to Muzwell's comment:
I'll repost the stats from the Roddy White thread, for those of you claiming the rookies are not living up to your expectations.
Roddy White's rookie year: 16 games, 8 starts, 29 recepts, 446 yds, 15.4 ypc, 3 TDs
Aaron Dobson's rookie year: 12 games, 9 starts, 37 recepts, 519 yds, 14.0 ypc, 4 TDs
Kenbrell Thompkins' rookie year: 12 games, 8 starts, 32 recepts, 466 yds, 14.6 ypc, 4 TDs
Some other first year WRs:
Hines Ward: 15 recepts, 0 TDs
Michael Irvin: 30 recepts, 5 TDs, followed that up with 26 and 20 catches and 7 total TDs in his next 2 years
Steve Smith: 10 recepts, 0 TDs
Vincent Jackson: 30 recepts, 6 TDs, in his first 2 seasons combined...
Reggie Wayne: 20 recepts, 0 TDs
Stanley Morgan: 21 recepts, 3 TDs
Tim Brown: Caught 43 and 5 TDs his first year, then went 1/0, 18/3 and 36/5 his next three seasons (ended up with over 1,000 catches and 100 TDs)
Cris Carter: First four years, averaged 29 recepts and almost 6 TDs per year, but the TDs were skewed because he caught 11 in one year in Philly (didn't catch that many again until his 9th year).
Wes Welker: 29 recepts, 0 TDs
Eric Decker: 6 recepts, 1 TD
Jordy Nelson: 33 recepts, 2 TDs
Demaryius Thomas: 22 recepts, 2 TDs
I understand all this...I do, but you failed to list the rookies who had great rookie seasons and there are just as many...if not more. Terry Glenn had 90 catches (and muzz I'm giving estimates here, so don't go calling me a politician)...Moss had 70...Holt had 50...Fitzgerald had 58...Keyshawn Johnson had 63...Calvin Johnson had 58...Deion Branch had 40 something. And most of those guys didn't have good quarterbacks throwing them the ball, or were givin the oppurtunities our rookies were (in terms of playing time and having no one else be the focus of the offense, at least at first).
I do agree with you, and I'm hoping at least Dobson will turn into a 70 catch a year guy. I don't know about Thompkins. And going into the season I thought Boyce had the most raw talent...what the hell happened to him?? But I've got to say I don't look at any of them and think...we are all set at that spot...we have our outside receiver!! I'm hopeful, but I'm not feeling the same way as I did after Branch's rookie year...where I thought, yup he helps, no doubt about that. And Branch dropped some...he missed some time with injuries, but there was no doubt he was going to help.