Newsflash - Philbin doesn't roll with the small slot guy. Hartline is our Jordy Nelson..hang on, you are a mod here and don't get this stuff?????
Hartline played last season as our "number one" without anumber two or pass catching TE to take the pressure off. We did not even have a pass catching HB to help. He got his numbers last season working against the other team's best defender with a rookie QB throwing to him.
I expect his numbers to be better this season.
OMG, compare last season's WR and TE corp to this season's!
I swear, some of you would complain if you were hung with a brand new rope...........
I also really like Wallace and think he'll be great for us, and alone he makes this unit much better; but in a passing league, you need more. And Gibson is far from "excellent." I know there is a tendency to uptalk a player's ability when they sign with us, but come on.
As for Keller, I really like him, but it wasn't that big of an upgrade, especially if you consider the fact that he's injury prone. Honestly, I think Sims was the big addition at TE so far. But we're talking WR here.
And what makes Hartline our Jordy Nelson? His skin color? Also, what does me being an admin here have anything to do with my opinion? Or are you just attempting to take a very weak swipe at me personally? Being a staff member doesn't mean being a completely blind homer. I can still point out where I believe we need improvements.
What's funny is that the reaction to me thinking we need more at WR is being treated as me knocking the entire draft and team as a whole, which is silly considering I thought it was a really good draft (except the third round...oh no! Criticism! Panties prepare to bunch! ) and considering I think we should be contending for a playoff spot. Hell, I haven't felt this good about a team since Marino was here. But God forbid I see areas needing improvement, particularly in a passing league like the modern NFL.
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I don't think anyone is going to sit here and call our receiving unit elite. We had one of the worst (maybe even the worst) group of WR's last season. For us to become even middle of the pack in one off season is a HUGE upgrade.
It's okay to be unbiased and point out where we need to improve - I don't think anyone here will sit and say our WR group is PERFECT. But it's pointless to complain about something the team has taken significant steps to improve.
^^ while i agree, and i may be in the minority when i type this but i liked bess. The guy was money on 3rd downs. Yes there may have been a select few that he would want back. While i have not seen much of gibson i would like to know what gibson has shown to produce like bess or better as some people are stating.