Originally posted by kap2crab:
If Kendall Hunter never got hurt, LMJ probably would have wound up in street clothes for all 18 games too, does that mean he would have been a sucky player? I think clearly we see he is indeed a good football player, we just weren't gonna play him his rookie year unless we were forced to, which we were. We're not as desperate for Jenkins because even with Manningham and Williams' injuries, we still have plenty of eligible candidates to fill the 5 skill position slots between Crabtree, Vernon, Gore/James, Miller, Walker, Moss, Celek, Ginn, and extra OL packages. Without Hunter, Dixon would have been our only option to spell Gore, so we HAD to play James. Maybe if we truly had to play Jenkins, he'd show promise as well (let's not overreact to the one drop, I'm sure there's plenty of guys who dropped their first NFL pass and still wound up panning out real nicely). And even if not, it still doesn't mean that much in terms of being a predictor of future performance. Plenty of great players didn't give their team anything in their rookie year, even guys on our team like Bowman, Goldson, Boone, Brooks, etc.
This logic sucks. James got a chance because of injury and ran with it. Jenkins has had opportunities with Manningham and Williams being injured and got beat out by a street free agent. Meanwhile guys like Randle and Hill were actively contributing to their teams.
If Jenkins was worth a damn right now, he'd be in there instead of a guy off the street. To claim otherwise is ridiculous.