Re: Patriots signing Michael Jenkins
posted at 3/28/2013 3:28 PM EDT
Can we stop with the panic. The first four targets are going to be Gronk, Hernandez, Amendola, and Jones as it stands currently.
Can we please stop with the revisionist history while we are at it.
I am tired of people worrying about he receiving corp prior to things finalizing AND seeing what they do in the Patriots system with TB. Yet at the same time praising what we did in 2007 and the need to do it again.
In 2007 (The NFL's all time scoring offense)
Randy Moss had 42 receptions the year prior to coming to NE
Wes Welker had 67 receptions the year prior to coming to NE
Jabar Gaffney was returning but only had 11 receptions the previous season for NE
Donte Stallworth had 38 receptions the year prior to coming to NE
David Thomas was returning with 11 receptions
Ben Watson was returning with 49 receptions
Kevin Faulk was returning with 43 receptions
Danny Amendola had 63 receptions the year prior to coming to NE
Donald Jones had 41 receptions the year prior to coming to NE
Michael Jenkins had 40 receptions the year prior to coming to NE
Rob Gronkowski returning with 55 receptions
Aaron Hernandez returning with 51 receptions
Shane Vereen returning with (40 woodheads #'s and role) receptions
I really don't see the big deal until we see "all" the moves as well as how it all works out in the end. You could argue they are in as good or better position as they were going into 2007 prior to everyone realising what Welker could do here in NE, as well as what Randy would revert to, the progression of Gaffney, etc.
The vast majority of fans had no idea who Welker was and were not thrilled about trading a 2nd and 7th for him, at the time. Moss was a shell of his former self at the time and was a giant question mark. Gaffney had just 11 catches in 11 games in 2006. Not awe inspiring. Sallworth was coming of an injury riddled season with no idea what to expect from him.
There are only going to be so many footballs to go around and the Gronka and Hernandez are going to see a ton, unlike the 2007 TE's.