Originally posted by rdc1:
Vernon has not performed well when he has been targeted. He has gotten the ball right on his hands a couple of times and dropped it.
The times he has gotten targeted the ball has come in with velocity because he has not been getting separation and the ball had to get their quick in order to fit into the window.
Vernon isaint, hasnt, and never will be a natural receiver. BUT he is a mismatch against any Defense. He needs his targets. 1 target a game isaint doing anybody any good. He is the tye of TE that needs to be into the flow of the game. Sure he is a great blocker, and as many have said, thats how he is being used, but regardless of not being a natural receiver, he needs to have his opportunities.
I also disagree with the velocity arguement. He has been plenty open, its just that Kaep hasnt quite learned how to put "touch" on his passes in the short/intermediate game. Dont get me wrong on this, there has been passes where he has, its just not quite consistent.He is very accurate with most of his balls but We have seen other players drop balls due to the zip that Kaep put on the ball. Not just VD, and for a TE that doesnt have soft hands, adjusting to the velocity kaep puts on balls is not the easiest task in the world.
regardless of VD's short commings as a route runner, and catcher, he is still one of the top TE's in the game, he just needs his opportunities.
I hope we bring in a more natural route running/pass catching TE this year in the draft, simply because i ant more two TE sets, but so far we have not seen the ability of this team to utilize the TE position to its fullest. We have not seen what most of us thought e would get out of a harbaugh offense as far as TE is concerned.