Originally posted by glorydayz:
I know I may catch a lot of flack for pointing this out but I have noticed that VD will try to; jump over, run around, juke, spin, leap, and sometimes jump on the ground like the WR's from "the greatest show on turf". Why is he such a P$$Y? On sound FX PWillis was even telling him "they say you won't get physical" "lower your shoulder and run somebody over"! His reply "I got you" and then he shyed away the entire game!
He will block (upclose contact), but when it comes to full speed contact he turns into a mouse.
I have noticed this for a long time now (since he was a rookie), he goes down on first contact unless you try to pull him down from behind.
We need a smash mouth TE that can catch the ball in the flat break a tackle and pick up first downs and short yardage TD's!
When he was getting the downfield yards, we were losing. So the answer isn't to send him on a streak route every play.
Thank's for letting me vent...
Everything you say is accurate. I've also made this observation, but many refuse to acknowledge what seems obvious. He's only hard to take down when tacklers are draped on him, but when they go for the jarring hit, down he goes, quite a bit easier than you'd think a guy of his stature and strength should. You forgot to mention the alligator arming or easing up on a route when it appears he's going to take a big hit. Sorry, but there are a number of TE's that are far more the complete package than Vernon. There's no arguing he's a great blocker, but with his size and strength, he should also be a dangerous runner (staright ahead, no juking, since he's not very agile or quick), and let's not forget the tendency for drops. I like Vernon, but have always felt he was vastly overrated, and with the exception of that one great receiving year, believed we did not get our money's worth for where he aws picked in the draft.