posted at 1/5/2014 6:32 PM EST
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
In response to wozzy's comment:
"Stretch the field " WR's are completely overrated, guys get open deep because of play action, guile and miscues by the defense, not because some receivers are magic.
We won two Super Bowls, one with Troy Brown and one with David Givens as our main receivers. Whoever we field from our current crop will be good enough. I hope Dobson comes back because he adds gravy to an otherwise tasty dish of talent.
Good receivers make a difference, I think, Wozzy--guys who can get separation or who are big and tough enough to compete for the ball in tight spaces (or both). It's not necessarily "stretch the field" talent you need, just guys who can get separation. Edelman, Amendola, and Collie all are good getting separation in the open field. I'm not worried about that. My bigger concern would be the redzone where we don't have a lot of quality bigger targets without Gronk. That's where I think Thompkins or Dobson could make a difference for us.
Of course a quality deep threat wouldn't hurt either. Heck even a guy like Stallworth in the Texans game last year was a nice add.
I think the Pittsburgh game this year was a good indication of what outside WR speed can do to a defense. Pitt had to shade a safety to Dobson's side of the field and he still caught 5 or 6 passes for around 130 yards. This helped open things in the middle of the field.
The Baltimore playoff game last year was an indication of how the Pats' offense could be shut down as B. Lloyd was the only legitimate outside WR (Welker being in the slot and no Gronk). Lloyd was definitely not a speed guy and the Ravens could cheat a safety to the middle or near the line and shut down the Pats' offense.