Originally Posted by JerseyJet80
Kerley can't grasp the playbook and hasn't shown anything consistent
hill is an unproven rookie he could be good could be bad
Schilens hasn't played a full season in his 4-5 years and has never had a 400 yd plus season iirc
Holmes is a head case
Turner hasn't really ever shown us he is better than a 4/5th wr
Holmes/Edwards/cotch/smith were 10x the group the current one is
I'll admit I'm playing devil's advocate and have NOTHING to back up these statements (but I'm going to make them anyway
1) Holmes -- There's no reason to think he will be worse this year than he was two years ago. He should have a better rapport with Sanchez, and HOPEFULLY Sporano uses him more efficiently. I'm willing to call it a wash, but would like to think he'll be MORE productive than he was in 2010.
2) Edwards -- I loved the guy and wish we still had him, but water under the bridge. Having said that, Plax spent two years in prison and gave comparable #s to what Braylon did (612/8 vs 904/7). Yes BE was more productive, but if a cancer like Plax could produce, there's no reason to think Hill can't also. Not All-Pro numbers, just ones that could mirror Braylon's production. Add in the fact that Hill should only get BETTER and there's a chance this is an upgrade by the end of the season.
3) Cotchery -- a HUGE loss for Sanchez IMO. He was clutch on 3rd down and was sorely missed. But let's not get too crazy with this Kerley-bashing. Maybe the kid had some growing up to do, but there's no reason to think he won't do it. Until I see otherwise (not just tweets) I'm expecting Kerley to fill this role nicely. I'd be THRILLED with a push here.
4) Smith -- this one's easy. Smith did NOTHING from a WR perspective. If Turner/White/McKnight . . . even CROMARTIE can't put up 4/44, we have bigger problems than any of us thought.
I know it sounds like I'm trying to "praise" this year's squad, but I'm really not. My point is more we haven't been good in a while, so the bar isn't exactly set high. If Sanchez matures and Sporano runs a more efficient offense I have no doubt we can put up similar stats this year, if not better.
Of course there's no guarantee, but it's August so I'm sticking to my guns on this one . . .