Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
I just think Fleener is more of a mismatch. A 6'5" or 6'6" guy with far better hands running down the middle and picking the ball our of the air. That's better than a 6'0" player. He would be our Jimmie Graham or Gronkowski. I think that's more of mismatch paired with VD than what we currently have.
I think people are under the impression that Jerry Rice is just a draft pick away, yet the NFL has changed, teams are going to bigger, more physical receivers and having a 6'5"....6'6" TE is a huge asset but for some reason they're comfortable with the shortest tight-end in football. This team with a guy like Fleener or Green on the field at the same time as VD is a big plus for Alex who throws the ball high anyways, so why not give him a tall tight-end to go and get those lobs, not to mention the headache it creates for the defense. Defend VD and another very big, tall, physical TE? Good luck with that.
A VD/Fleener combination would be the best tight-end combination in football, the team could run out of the 2 TE formation basically all of the time then. What that does is makes the whole WR situation less crucial, as long as you have one good WR opposite Crabtree, you're fine and Fleener and VD both have experiencing playing WR as well.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM ]