Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by Rsrkshn:
Originally posted by JTsBiggestFan:
Originally posted by kray28:Eventhough he caught the TD....I thought he had a relatively poor game today.
He's not the type of receiver that makes it easy on the QB...you basically have to throw him wide open. If you don't...he probably won't catch it. He just doesn't fight for the ball.
I think what hurts Vernon's perception a bit is that he's basically like a TE version of Mike Wallace. If he's not wide open it's a tough proposition for a catch, particularly down the field.
Can't rely on him to make the Boldin/Crabtree type catches, unfortunately. In every other category he is elite.
In a nutshell. If he has to reach, even a little bit . . . forget it. Otherwise . . . you said it, elite.
One of the smallest catch radiuses in the league but having said that, he can take the top off that defense.
It's crazy. I agree also that he is not a great pass catcher. But I've also never really seen a TE like him before. He really is a deep threat. Right up there with the Desean Jackson's and MIke Wallace's. If Vance McDonald develops into more of a traditional TE, look out. I honestly can't wait until we have another receiver, with sub 4.4/4.5 speed to put on the field at the same time as Vernon along with Boldin and Crabtree. Somebody will be open on every play.
The reason why he is a bad pass catcher is because he only knows how to catch with his arms/body and not with his hands. So if he were to fight for the ball in the air, he would basically become the defensive back, because he doesn't know how to nab the ball at his highest point. This, along with him always needing to jump are his flaws, but they make him a more "specific" target rather than a good or a bad one. Meaning the plays where you scheme him to get open, or you can hit him in his chest (like the 2011 Saints game) he will make HUGE plays.