Originally posted by dj43:
We definitely could use a second PASS CATCHING TE that can operate in the middle and under zones. Think Jimmy Graham. His height and hands automatically makes him an open receiver as soon as he walks to the LOS.
More and more, with rule changes protecting defenseless receivers, the game is played in the air. That means a tall guy with basketball skills: Hands, box out, body shield. all of that.
I agree from a strategic point of view on where the game is going this makes sense. Further, the WR crop available where the Niners pick have high risk written all over them to me. From an offensive point of view, Harbaugh loves running his multiple TE sets and unbalanced lines so having another TE who can generate offense out of those schemes would be huge. Most importantly, it would boost offensive production without having to change too much of the offense. Now, if you pair Fleener with one good WR free agent signing, a WR draft prospect, and resign Ginn and Morgan, and you have a significant boost in your offense from last year.
I'm liking Fleener at 30. Problem is, I'm sure lots of other teams like Fleener as well. As the Patriots and Saints have shown, offenses can be driven by TE's and the NFL is a copycat league.