Originally posted by NCommand:
I was talking with a fan last week and we were talking about how we never take any "REAL" deep shots...all intermediate. But specifically, we were talking about how we don't have any speed anymore with Moss, Ginn, Moore, Walkr, etc. all gone. We didn't agree. We have plenty of speed but never use it...how we could take some real good seam, post or stop-and-go sideline routes with VD b/c once he gets a full head of steam, nobody can catch the dude and he can adjust to any throw. BAM...FINALLY took 2 real deep shots and almost got 2 TD's.
We've always had speed. Just play calling.
Crabtree has the speed to beat any CB that doesn't run a 4.3 on deep routes and even when they are that fast if he executes a cut or juke well enough he's left them in the dust and had big plays. He's also physical enough to make contested catches on long throws, we just don't do it with him.
Vernon is a given
Rio is iffy, he can beat most traditional DBs deep but I don't think he really ever "brought speed to the table"
Back in 2011, Morgan was a happy medium between Crabtree and Manningham, not a deep threat but he had a burst after the catch that made him hard to keep pace with.
When they split LMJ out wide I was excited but stayed quiet about it with the people I was watching the game because I just wanted to see what they did with him. If that becomes a regular thing than I hope he starts catching some quick slants cause I think it could be catch, 1 cut, and we've got a chunk play or TD.
[ Edited by sfout on Dec 16, 2013 at 8:18 AM ]