Originally posted by Butter:
I think the most important thing is someone who can consistently make plays. Rice wasn't a burner, but still found the endzone a few times. The biggest problem with Patton isn't even Patton. It just seems like he's too much of a duplication of what AJ Jenkins is "supposed" to bring to the field. I'd really like to get a big, redzone target.
But, I do like the reference to "butter".
They're not even the same player. Jenkins always more of a vertical threat.....get down field and make the play.....while Patton is a guy who simply beats teams in the intermediate zones, picks up yards after the catch, makes plays all over the field.
Also the idea that you need a big WR to be a threat in the red-zone is kind of anachronistic. You need quickness to beat the cornerback and get open in a hurry. You're really not going to have a target that's going to really outsize guys like Richard Sherman or Brandon Browner but you can get a guy who beats them with quickness and gets separation fast. Additionally Kaepernick has not shown the inclination to make throws going up over the top whatsoever, even to Randy Moss. He got picked off by Sherman for that reason, gunned the ball in a few seconds too late instead of going up with it.
Jenkins falls along the lines of a slot WR, a downfield threat while I see Patton as a guy who is a future #1 WR in the NFL, some have compared him to Reggie Wayne.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Mar 1, 2013 at 14:09:28 ]