Originally posted by BrianGO:Originally posted by backontop:Originally posted by WestCoast:
Battle is a 4th or 5th starter at best right now, I dont care what he does in practice because I've already seen him the past 5 years.
so have I and he has been consistantly the best WR we have had. The man is a reliable target for the QB's
People don't like Battle because of his injuries. They look at the statistics and they aren't that good; but that's because he is usually hurt half the year.
When healthy, he is both a very underrated athlete and player.
*Response to the topic*
The WR corps is the "same" as last year, but its not really that simple.
Morgan had a staff infection last year at the very beginning of the season, then hurt his ankle late in the season.
Loosing 15 lbs in a couple weeks is no joke. Loosing 15 lbs in the first two weeks of your first NFL season?
Its amazing he was able to accomplish anything last year.
If he is healthy, that gives us a huge boost over last year.
If Battle is healthy, that also gives us a boost from last year.
Jones will miss the first few weeks, but should be playing most of the season. So he will also give us a boost from last year.
If I were to guess, i would guess Crabtree will sign, so in probability, we should receive a boost from him later in the season.
Everything else is a wash I think.
But don't forget Hill is 7-3, and Smith looks healthy.
You used the phrase "because he is usually hurt half the year", which is interesting in contrast to actual games played by Battle...
2004 - 14 games
2005 - 10 games
2006 - 16 games
2007 - 16 games
2008 - 9 games
He has been hurt for about half a season before, but not "usually".