As Nielsen says above, a lot depends on whether any of the younger receivers step up this season. To that I already added these potential "ball catchers". We are starting to drift into a period where WRs and TEs, will be interchangeable parts. : To GNielsen's younger receivers I would add:
Vernon, LMJ, Anquan, Miller, kyle, hunter, frank and celek., and Mario
when he returns. That is 9 potential "ball catchers" which is a bit awkward to say, but that is very likely where we are headed this yr. Everybody who touches the ball (except for Goodwin) is going to be a potential receiver,
Here are the new guys, patton, Vance, and AJ( a holdover). The rest are already capable of catching passes, and that is what I believe Coach H is going to do...have so many guys as potential receivers, that if we lose 2 or 3 , it won't matter
. This means Kap has a lot of work ahead learning how each and every guy runs a route. Look for 8, maybe sometimes 9 guys catching the ball in one game. That obviates the need for crbs right there. I don't have any special insight into how Coach is going to call the O this yr, but he has been burned two yrs running with only crbs/Vernon in NFCC and SB.
That wasn't enough, and I think JH takes a page from peyton's book and has everybody catching passes. Sure eliminates need for an $11 mil WR. So of the new guys we are counting on, really it is just Vance and patton, with AJ. If they don't work out...which I seriously doubt, we still got 9 guys who can catch the dam ball. Look for it to happen and crbs influence-and-need to markedly lessen. If those 3 guys do work out then we have a potential 12 guys capable of catching passes.
Check that scenario out as compared to previous yrs.
We got an extra capable QB, we extra RBs, we got tons of "ball catchers" , we got the great OL,(with spares), we got the great DL with spares, and the best front 7 in the league. We also have 197 ( or so it seems) guys auditioning for Strong Corners(DBs), with Reid a lock and probably Nnamdi. Whitner, Carlos , and brown have the inside track ...but do not discard the remaining scads of potential Strong Corners Coach and Trent have in camp. Whoever wins out as starters...they will have earned it. Our kicking and punting game is nonpareil. Our coaching staff the same, and GM is stellar along with our owner. Guys we are locked and loaded for bear, and have backups to boot. Does anybody really think crbs is going to be missed that much whether he misses all this yr or not? Man I sure don't.. And same goes for when crbs gets to contract yr and wants more money. I cannot even remotely see the F.O.thinking about paying him what crbs is certain he is worth. That means, adios crbs. Selfish is as selfish does....and the pendulum ALWAYS swings back. Sometimes, you just have to wait a while.
[ Edited by pasodoc9er on Jul 24, 2013 at 11:34 PM ]