Originally posted by Fisherniner:
last year he was a ball catching machine... but this year he is a huge risk to throw to he drops a lot of passes. It seems to stem back to when he broke his jaw so I'm wondering what you guys think. Personally I think he is playing timid and trying to rush plays so he can avoid a major hit but thats just me.
Yeah, he was a "ball catching machine", literally went like half the season without a single catch....what a machine.
He's never been a reliable pass-catching threat, he made a few good catches last year, he also dropped some big passes, par for the course for him, that and fumbling the ball repeatedly for some reason. What you get from Walker is a guy that's essentially without a position, he's a good blocker, every now and then will make a catch downfield but he too easily gets shutdown by a single defensive back due to his height or lack of it.
If the 49ers can upgrade through the draft, they should do it, pick up a big, tall tight-end who can identify weak spots in the defense ala a Witten, Brent Celek or Brent Jones. VD is more of a straight-line, explosive threat, having a a #2 TE that can find the swiss cheese holes in the defense AND catch the ball would be a huge plus.
In B4, "he's a jack of all trades.......his talent is incalculable......his contributions to the team are priceless...blah...blah."
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Nov 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM ]