Well I guess I was literally doing the math, and I think it will definitely be worth it to people to figure it out:Last year saw five rookies top the 600 yard barrier, including three over 800 yards:So what do we have so far?
Danny A. + Edelman + Vereen = Welker + AHern + Gronk?
McDaniels has his work cut out for him.
Justin Blackmon - 865 yards
TY Hilton - 861 yards
Josh Gordon - 805 yards
Chris Givens - 698 yards
Kendall Wright - 626 yards
Those aren't the yardage totals you want from a dominant FF WR, but all of these rookies were major contributors right out of the box for their NFL teams.
In 2010 New England spent a 2nd rounder on Rob Gronkowski and a 4th rounder on Aaron Hernandez.
In 2013 New England spent a 2nd rounder on Aaron Dobson and a 4th rounder on Josh Boyce.
The Rams took Quick in the 2nd last year and Givens in the 4th. That duo yielded a 700 yard rookie season. The Bucs took Arrelious Benn in the 2nd and Mike Williams in the 4th in 2010. Williams had over 900 yards.
People looking at the New England WR situation as Amendola + Edelman + a bunch of scrubs are missing a huge piece of the equation. New England spent high picks on those rookies and if either or both of them are ready to contribute in year one, expect to see them on the field.
Brady had 4827 yds passing in 2012.
Welker - 1354
Gronk - 790 (11 G)
Hern - 483 (10 G)
Lloyd - 911
Edelman threw in 235
The first four are 3538 of Brady's 4827
I'm guessing Danny A. gets over 1000 but does not replicate Welker's stats. That's a guess.
Weeks 10-11 Hernandez then Gronk were out and Edelman had a role to play, I guess that's what RW is leaning on. That was 5/58/1 then 2/64/1 in two blowouts, then hurt.
Even if Danny A. gets 1100 and Edelman gets 900 (huge if, let's assume health and all the rest, 50/gX16), and Gronk does what he did last year and more (say 900 in 10 G), then that still leaves a lot of territory to cover.
If Dobson and Boyce were drafted as the future, it's time to move them up in the schedule. Given the injury pasts of Amendola, Edelman, Gronk and Ballard, and the fact that maybe Edelman isn't up to such a role (or may not even be healthy enough to start the year?) maybe they are the way to go in terms of finding value.
ETA: Maybe it's been mentioned but the fact that Gronk & Hern spent so much time at the WR position means that many of those receptions really were "WR" receptions, not TE plays. That bodes even better for WR's to step in and fill the void.
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