There is no one who is in more favor of aquiring a #1 reciver this year then me, but i thought i should throw this idea back into the mix. Ive been hearing alot more about not just getting one, but two to three new recivers, sounds great. But with all the recent talk about acquiring receivers are we forgetting about one of the fastest most evolving positions in the NFL.
Last years explosion of the TE position dominated talking points by NFL analysts over the course of the Season. It seemed all of the most explosive offences had some type of playmaker TE. Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Aaron Hernandez, Gonzalez , Gates, Pettigrew(had a great season), and even Veron Davis dominated in the playoffs.
I remember seeing this a couple years ago in the preseason game against the Pats before his breakout year, and just thought how incredibly athletic this guy was to break Laurinaitis' s tackle. And then drag him for a TD.(sorry if that was a unpleasant memory)
Anyways the one phrase i continuously heard in reference to these guys was "match-up nightmare". Too fast for linebackers and too strong for defensive backs. Reminded me of the one big pass play we had against the defending Superbowl Champs, nothing but a play-action short flat route to Lance Kendricks that he broke for a huge gain.
I completly understand it is not a priority among other poistions and we have a nice prospect with Kendricks, but the bigger point i want to make is that TE's still dont get drafted high. And we can possibly find a gem of a tight end in the mid rounds if we know where to look. Some one to match up on the opposite side of Kendricks. I thought the Patriots were so dumb for taking back to back TE's in the 2nd round, but they were thinking bigger than i could imagine.
Of course this could all just be my confidence soaring a little too high for the way our off-season is going, and perhaps this is something that can just wait a year or two. Just some thoughts to entertain again. At the least maybe i can stir up some interesting research in to this years TE class. Maybe there's a great talent out there that is being seriously undervalued, someone that will make Bradford's face light up as bright as it was on draft day. Maybe there's another Gronk out there for us(and i don't mean his brother who also plays for the Patriots).
Food for thought. Thanks for Reading