Re: Lack of WR's will cost the Pats
posted at 1/12/2014 8:12 PM EST
The lack of wide receivers / tight ends on this team is mind boggling. The whole passing game is Brady throwing to Edelman. In most cases nobody gets open. Thompkins looks useless out there. I know Gronkowksi is a huge part, but the Pats should have had a backup plan for this season, especially when they knew Gronkowski wouldnt be out there for half a year and also hasn't finished a season healthy in 3 years.
The backup plan was Hernandez, but were they supposed to know that he would go on a killing spree?
It is incredibly frustrating to see the WR's that Brady has out there. We have bottom 5 NFL talent when it comes to WR's. Look at any roster in NFL and find even 3 teams with worse WR talent there?
Other teams constantly find WR talent out there. Just look at the Colts Lavon Brazill and the explosive plays he made all game. Drafted in 6th round. Patriots cannot find a decent long threat. They cannot find a physical WR either. The free agents they have had come in here have been busts for the most part.
Dobson is the 8th ranked rookie in the league in reception yards this year and Thompkins 14th... they are 12th and 11th in yards per catch and both tied for 7th in touchdowns.
Maybe there is something wrong with the evaluation process. McDaniels went to Denver and drafted Decker and D. Thomas in same year. Who do the Pats get? Undrafted Thompkins or Dobson, both of whom had trouble getting open even when they were healthy. Patriots need to seriously change the way they approach the WR position. It is time to get a big physical body out there. Enough with the same slot WR's , that strategy hasnt worked in the playoffs.
In Decker's rookie year, he had 106 yards... his second year 612 yards. Thomas had 283 yards his rookie year, 551 his second year. Rookies for the Pats... Dobson, 519 yards... Thompkins 466 yards... Boyce 121 yards. Please don't let the facts get in the way of your bashing the Pats.
Against the 49ers or Seahawks, the run would not work. You cannot beat the Seahawks or 49ers with the WR's we currently have out there.
In the offeseason the Patriots should attempt to sign E. Decker. If not, then spend a high draft pick on a big physical WR. It is pathetic that in his last few years in the league, Brady has so little talent to work with.
2012 - Wes Welker, Lloyd, Aaron Hernandez, Gronk, Edelman - 1st overall offense, 4th in passing yards
2011 - Welker, Serial Killer, Gronk, Branch, Chad Johnson, Edelman - 2nd overall offense, 2nd in passing yards
2010 - Welker, Dexter, Gronk, Edelman, Tate, Branch, Edelman - 8th overall offense, 11th in passing yards
2013 - Edelman, Amendola, Dobson, Thompkins, Vereen, Hooman 7th in overall offense, 10th in passing yards
Please don't let the facts get in your way