Originally posted by Ninerjohn:Originally posted by redrathman:Originally posted by Ninerjohn:Originally posted by redrathman:Originally posted by Ninerjohn:Originally posted by jrg:
If we had DeSean Jackson, we wouldn't have drafted Crabtree.
Crabtree > Jackson
You are nuts. Jackson is a top 10 WR in this league and probably the top punt returner in all of football. Crabtree isnt close to his league at this point.
Jackson is 13th in the NFL in receiving yards, 40th in receptions and 13th in touchdowns among receivers. He does have the best punt return average, though he's fielded the fewest punts among the top five punt returners in the NFL.
I do however think it's unrealistic to compare Crabtree and Jackson. They are two totally different types of receivers from different draft classes.
He also has huge game breaking ability as shown by the fact that he has tied the all time single season record for most TDs over 50 yards. As far as # of receptions you do have to account for the fact that he missed a game and that Philly has several other guys that McNabb also goes to in the redzone like Celek and Avant.
I guess my point is that Crabtree hasnt accomplished anything yet to say he is better than Jackson and that Jackson has clearly shown that he is a true game changer. Maybe in the future we will be able to put Crab in his class. Just not yet.
Just as you chastised jrg for insinuating that Crabtree is superior to Jackson, you've overstated Jackson's importance in the Philadelphia offense.
He also had one incredible game on national television. Aside from his big plays down the field and his punt returning skills, Jackson lacks in other areas (press coverage and run blocking to name two problems).
Hadn't Michael Crabtree sat out for six weeks, he'd be on pace for 928 yards receiving. DeSean Jackson's rookie year receiving total? 912.
Bottom line: DeSean Jackson isn't a top ten receiver.
LOL Aside from his big plays and his great return skills? Well.. I would think that is pretty damn important dont you? As far as not being a top 10 WR... that is your opinion and you are certainly entitled to that. I believe he is when you consider his return skills along with his WR skills.
WRs I would put ahead of him right now:
1) Larry Fitzgerald
2) Andre Johnson
3) Calvin Johnson
4) Brandon Marshall
5) Wes Welker
6) Reggie Wayne
Guys I would put in same class:
7) Randy Moss
8) Anquoin Boldin
9) Marquis Colston
10 Chad 85
See my previous post regarding his rankings within three critical receiver categories, none of which he's within the top ten.
It's pretty tough to be considered the top ten of something if you can't even place within the ten most productive players in any one category.