Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Just gonna leave this here.
""Other than an outlier or two, tight ends simply haven't produced in their rookie seasons.""
McDonald was a college slot receiver that transitioned to a TE in the NFL, anyone who thought he was going to come in and tear s**t up from the get-go was out of their minds. Your average TE already has a steep hill to climb, a guy who basically has to learn the position has it even tougher. I think his improvement as a blocker was huge and that he'll be a good weapon for this offense in the future.
I think I understand that chart, even though it's for fantasy football. Basically it's offensive production. Coming into the year, it wasn't that I thought he'd tear s**t up (was not expecting 35-40 catches), it's more the role I thought he would have. VD as the deep threat and Vance working the middle of the field short to intermediate. Getting 6-8 yard catches. I actually lay more of Vance's lack of production on Kap and Kap's narrow field of vision. But I'm not trying to swerve this thread towards Kap.
That chart makes a lot of sense. TEs are asked to run routes and block, so that's two things they have to adjust to coming into the NFL. Blocking against the biggest competition they've ever faced, and running routes against the fastest safties they've ever faced.
There were a handful of times Vance was open, but Kap never got to Vance. The few times Vance was targeted in key situations, he dropped the ball and I'm not just referring to the drop versus CAR where Keuchly defended that pass. No way I'm giving up on this guy. He was actually the rookie I was most excited for (over Reid) coming into the year. I thought that with Harbaalke trading up a few slots to nab Vance, that they had some big things in store for him. I hope Vance doesn't get discouraged in any way by being used primarily as a blocker. The staff just wants him to be well rounded imo.
[ Edited by thl408 on Jan 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM ]