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Arnaz Battle and Brandon Lloyd in 2006 (1 Viewer)

azcards33

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The Niners recently locked up Arnaz Battle to ensure that he will be returning to the team in '06, but with the Niners said to have $20 million in cap space to spend this offseason, and a huge need to bring in a playmaking WR, what becomes of Battle? -Is he good enough to be the #2 (If Lloyd returns)?-Does he become their #3 man, and continue to return punts?Also, I'm not exactly sure whether or not Brandon Lloyd is signed for '06, but I don't believe that he is. If he's not, do the 49ers bring in a legit #1 WR this offseason and sign Lloyd to be the #2 or to compete with Battle for the #2 job, or bring Lloyd back to be their #3 guy or situational guy?The knock on Lloyd is that he will routinely make spectacular cathces, but often drops the easy balls that he should definately be catching. With this kind of rep could the Niners make him their #2 WR?Thoughts and opinions, please :thumbup:

 

nightshift

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I think Lloyd and Battle can be a pretty good tandem for the 49ers. The drop balls are mental errors, which can be corrected with good coaching & practice. Having the athleticism to make spectacular catches cannot be coached.49ers need to spend a little more on defense, bring in a vet QB to help Alex out, and spend some serious dough on that offensive line! :thumbup:

 

Englishteacher

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I think Loyd is a real playmaker. If the 9ers are smart, they'll bring him back. It would be interesting to see if San Fran brings in another WR but I think Alex Smith needs some blockers more at this point more than another WR. However, Battle was hurt all year so another WR would make sense.The real question is Smith himself. Everything we're hearing is that he's a huge bust already. It's scary because he's signed to such an enormous contract and SF is commited to him for a long time. They really would have been better off trading that pick and selecting one of the Big 3 RB's, Braylon Edwards, or even moving down to the 10-11 spots where Merriman and Ware were.

 

nightshift

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I think Loyd is a real playmaker. If the 9ers are smart, they'll bring him back. It would be interesting to see if San Fran brings in another WR but I think Alex Smith needs some blockers more at this point more than another WR. However, Battle was hurt all year so another WR would make sense.

The real question is Smith himself. Everything we're hearing is that he's a huge bust already. It's scary because he's signed to such an enormous contract and SF is commited to him for a long time. They really would have been better off trading that pick and selecting one of the Big 3 RB's, Braylon Edwards, or even moving down to the 10-11 spots where Merriman and Ware were.
I wouldn't call Alex Smith a bust just yet. It ain't an easy task moving college to pros. Especially without an offensive line, suspect running game, and hurt receivers.If San Fran improves the o-line, picks up a better RB, and Smith chokes, then he might deserve the bust tag.

 

Englishteacher

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I think Loyd is a real playmaker. If the 9ers are smart, they'll bring him back. It would be interesting to see if San Fran brings in another WR but I think Alex Smith needs some blockers more at this point more than another WR. However, Battle was hurt all year so another WR would make sense.

The real question is Smith himself. Everything we're hearing is that he's a huge bust already. It's scary because he's signed to such an enormous contract and SF is commited to him for a long time. They really would have been better off trading that pick and selecting one of the Big 3 RB's, Braylon Edwards, or even moving down to the 10-11 spots where Merriman and Ware were.
I wouldn't call Alex Smith a bust just yet. It ain't an easy task moving college to pros. Especially without an offensive line, suspect running game, and hurt receivers.If San Fran improves the o-line, picks up a better RB, and Smith chokes, then he might deserve the bust tag.
You're right. Gauging a QB after one year is not good and I usually don't do that. I think you look at some of the skills a young QB exhibits rather than the results he produces. But, I've heard a lot of people call into question his skills.Let me ask you this, would the 9ers have been better off going Big 3 RB, Braylon Edwards, trading down and getting more picks and perhaps a better player at a lower draft slot?

 

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