Some Much Needed Perspective on Receiver Development

I feel it is my duty to give some perspectives on the myth of needing a "true number one wr" that we all hear so much about.  Before we go and plunge headfirst into the draft with the intentions of upgrading our wr corps, I would like everybody to think back on the development cycles of some pretty good wide receivers.  I wonder if some of the fans thought they needed a number one while these guys were coming along.

Below are some pretty good players following natural growth periods




Derrick Mason didn't gt a thousand yard season until his 5th year. Wouldn't last long with our fans.

TO took 3 seasons to break a thousand yards, and wasn't "good "until his 5th

Chad Johnson's rookie season 28 329 and 1 td.  Brandon Gibson did that in half a season last year.

It took Reggie Wayne 4 seasons before a thousand.

Lee Evans and Steve Johnson both got a thousand in their third year.

Deion Branch has never gotten a 1000 yard season, in fact no patriot receiver got a 1000 yards this year.  Their running back barely cracked a 1000 with 1008 yards.  They are the best offense on the planet.  How can that be possible.

Braylon Edwards 3rd year, Holmes 3rd, Sydney Rice 3rd, Miles Austin 4th, Roddy White 3rd.

Vincent Jackson took 4 years and only had 3 catches for 59 yards his rookie year. LESS than Gilyard.  BUST..And he is the one we are drooling over right now.

Steve Smith had 10 154 his rookie year. Other Steve Smith 8 for 63.


Is there anybody out there who watches football that can see more than the game that is on right this very second?  Give Donnie Avery and Danario Alexander a chance.  They might both be true # one WRs.  Allocating resources to a position that we might be able to solve inhouse would be a huge mistake.  There are positions where we have no talent.  Those are right guard, both outside linebackers, strong safety, and Gary Gibson's defensive tackle spot (robbin's spot will be a problem in the future, as will Hall's end spot).

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