Hartline and Bess are good players, however they are too similar to be on the field together for extended periods of time. Neither has elite speed and both do best working underkneath the defense. Because they are our starting wide receivers and both have 0 seperation ability, defenses just stack the box. Going forward I think it will be difficult to justify keeping both, as they bring the same exact thing to the table.
these guys would do much better with a good running game and a # 1 wide receiver and a nice TE.
Bess, under a good QB, would be as good as Welker for NE.
the overrating of Bess is absolutely asinine.
Welker has a far more developed and expansive route tree, because is a far better and more complete player. Welker has much better balance, unlike Bess who falls on his arse 90% of the time he catches a pass. Weler also has far better ability to take it the distance, Bess has ZERO ability to do so. Welker clearly has better vision, can get open downfield routinely (unlike Bess who can only operate within 10 yards as he needs more space to operate than welker, hence the infinitely smaller route tree Bess has at his stable). Welker has more speed, is quicker, better lateral movement ability, is smarter, much harder to defend... and we're just getting started.
Hartline should absolutely be resigned assuming his contract demands are reasonable. He has good hands, is a solid route runner and has good chemistry with Tannehill. He is not a #1 but can be a solid #2. Bess is a solid slot receiver. Compliment them with a true #1 and seam threat TE and we’re good to go.
Bess and Hartline
Not to start a new debate but Hartline would have 3 TD's in the last 8 quarters with some accurate throws.
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