I for one think that by getting rid of the crap and adding quality the WR corps as a whole will improve and thus our passing attack will improve.
That includes TE's and RB's to my friend. Lest we forget, Rudy was tied for second in TD's for TE's last year. Something that can and will improve when we get someone that can be a red zone threat.
I actually think that WR's can/will adjust to the NFL a bit faster than they used to. Mostly because of the predominance of the "Spread" offense in the league. Alot more of them are getting used. Problem is, with the spread they usually only have to learn one position so when they come out, if they were an X, they are going to be good at those routes....A Z, they will be good at those routes.
Sometimes you might come across a kid like Hunter who can play all 3 spots, but it sure doesn't look like that is the norm.
As to a WR drafted this year. I think the Vikes are one of the teams that have the luxury of grabbing a kid like Patterson. With a WR corps like we have, mostly because of the flexibility Jennings brings (can play all 3) we will have the luxury of being patient on what the coaches work with him on.
My guess, if they grab him they will work with him almost exclusively on the 4, 5, and 6 routes (he is already good on the 7, 8 and 9) so that he can use his size, speed and hands to move the changes as well as be a good target in the red zone, which is were we really need the help.
I really like the 3 starters (WR's) we are going into the season with. You won't see alot of deep throws like you want, but as I pointed out in that blog I posted, it doesn't happen that way in the real world when running the Walsh version of the WCO and even to some extent on the Coryell variant.
I also think we are going to see a huge step forward when it comes to the use of AD in the passing game. Although he sucks at pass protection, just the presence of 3 targets (3 WR's or 2 WRs + Rudy) will take that blocking responsibility away from him.
On passes of over 20 yards;
Ponder was 7 of 34 (21%) for 1 TD
Brady was 22 of 68 (32%) for 8 TD's
Rodgers was 21 of 56 (38%) for 11 TD's
You see the difference now? They are throwing deep & they are throwing TD's. That's why they throw them.
Ponder didn't. The only reason the one to Wright worked is because no one (including you and me) expected it.
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