Next up, we have what is probably the easiest part of the team to grade: Wide Receiver.
TwistNHook: I’m extraordinarily satisfied with how our WRs are playing across the board. There are enough problems with this team and the WRs are the least of our worries. My only concern is what happens next year!
HydroTech: I must agree with you, Twist. The WRs have been performing extremely well. There have been very few drops and some excellent clutch catches as well as runs after the catch. What is sort of puzzling is how the TEs have taken on a reduced role in the offense. In prior years, the TEs were consistent targets of the QBs - especially in short yardage situations. This year it seems as if we only throw the ball towards the TEs only twice a game. I think the reason is that JT has been keeping Stevens in to pass block more so than receive while sending out Morrah or a 3rd WR out instead. Why? Stevens is a superb blocker, and Morrah and Jordan are excellent receivers. This is simply putting the best players in their best positions.
Yellow Fever: My knee-jerk reaction is to say that the WRs haven’t been playing well because THA1 has been inconsistent, but then I remembered that Hawkins has been great whenever THA1 has disappeared. So as a unit, yeah, I’m happy with our wide receivers. Could they possibly be better? Well yeah, because a passing game encompasses not just the quarterback, but his receivers as well. So if you’re going to blame Longshore for his bad decision, at some point you’ve got to blame his receivers for not getting more open. But as a unit, I still think they’ve played well. Now next year…
Ragnarok: As a pass-catching unit, I can’t find any fault with our wide receivers. My one quibble might perhaps be with their blocking, particularly DeSean. I seem to remember a number of swing passes and screen plays that didn’t develop because our WRs put up little to no resistance against the defense. But that’s a minor quibble at best.
TwistNHook: There is going to be a WHOLE lot of Jeremy Ross next year. . Also, who knows what will happen with Boateng? But this is more about the WRs so far this season and not 2008. Perhaps there is disagreement, but I’d go with As across the board pretty much. I mean our Big 3 are averaging well over 10 yards a catch. Tough to argue with that.