Re: Ocho in OTA's still doesnt know where to line up..how long till hes cut.....
posted at 5/24/2012 7:03 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Ocho in OTA's still doesnt know where to line up..how long till hes cut.....
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Ocho in OTA's still doesnt know where to line up..how long till hes cut..... : That statement is 100% false. What did you expect with the likes of Moss, Welker, Gaffney and Watson also there? He was still the third most productive WR on the team.
Posted by CaptainZdeno33[/QUOTE]
statement is SO dead-on accurate. Boggles the mind why you would say otherwise...? By you saying the following statement: "What did you expect with the likes of Moss, Welker, Gaffney, and Watson also there(?)," makes me think you've forgotten somehow All the hoopla that came with that first Stallworth signing... There were a GREAT many on here, whom believed Stallworth would be the premier stud wide receiver out of ANY of those guys...certainly not "no-name" Welker, and DEFINATELY not "journey man average as average can be," Jabar Gafney, and it was about a 50-50 shot in most people's opinions that very offseason, whether or not a young "rising star" like Stallworth would be the #1 go-to, over ole' "washed-up" Randy Moss...
Gotta remember the time, and Stallworth was viewed straight across the board, from analyst to fan alike, AS: A Rising potential wideout superstar... He probably did too- He signed a 1 year deal (which wasn't one of those cheap "nobody whatsoever wants me" 1 year deals)- And he was "gonna" bl0w things up at wideout in NE's more & more, high-powered O behind HOF'er Tom Brady passing him the ball, Before he inevitably hit pay dirt on the open FA Market at the end of his certain Pro Bowl Season being the star wideout for NE.
Stallworth got HUGE hype... Gafney might not even be able to make this team, MOST
people thought before the start of that year's camp... And Stallworth DID drop some serious passes that year... His very best games were the 1st 3, maybe 4 games of that season (I do remember, he had a couple sick YAC 1 for a huge gain, and the other for a TD). Still though...please- On 1st glance it looks like Stallworth had a decent year: 46 Receptions for 697 Yards and 3 TDs... But'cha gotta remember, that year was an Offensive juggernaut Complete NFL record breaker... Our RB Kevin Faulk caught 47 Receptions for 383 Yards. Welker- 112 Recs for 1175 yards and 8 TDs. Moss with 98 recs for 1493 Yards & 23 TDs... Watson who from Day 1 all the way up to his last moment playing, Couldn't run 1 single NFL Route correctly to save his life (even by accident it seemed he couldn't), And HE had 36 Recs for 389 Yards & 6 TDs. Gaffney only had 7 starts (yea- because all the money was on Stallworth early on), And He caught EVERY-thing (it was only the following season when he apparently forgot how to catch for 1 last year in NE apparently): 36 Recs 449 Yards and 5 TDs.
Lemme put it to you THIS way Captnzedino- Would you be lauding the "amazing accomplishments" of Brandon Lloyd next year, IF this year he had a dozen dropped passes, to go along with his final year-end stats of: 46 Receptions, 697 Yards, and 3 Touchdowns for NE...? And Lloyd signed a multi-year team-friendly deal w/ NE- Still not convinced, then Check Stallworth's first 5 NFL Seasons- The guy had almost exactly 3500 Yards Receiving...in his 1st 5 years- And they looked to be going up...26 years old, going on 27, and Stallworth now had someone like Tom Brady passing him the ball to show off how exceptionally good he really was... He DEFINATELY underperformed...Way later on they washed away Gaffney taking his place due to some "turf toe" or something by Stallworth; EVERY-one knew that was Belichick being nice 6 months after the fact, because at the time EVERY-one knew that Stallworth wasn't cutting it...not 1 bit- Not with 1 on 1's verses the opposing team's #2 Cornerback...No Safety help (with Moss), and LBs and SSs focusing far more of their attention towards Welker and his 112 Duct-Tape-for-hands- Receptions and knee breaking headache moves. Stallworth's 2007 Campaign wideout season for NE, Was the definition of "Underperformance." Sorry...cyberknot's soooo correct.