Phins Rock wrote:
Bess is still our second best WR. He'll start opposite Marshall.
Just because he's a "slot" guy doesn't mean he can't play on the outside in two WR sets. It's how he got nearly 76 receptions for 750+ yards receiving last season, and that was without Marshall on the opposite side of the field.
Sorry PR but I don't see this happening. He's a great slot guy but he's not going to scare anyone lining up on the outside as our #2... I"d much rather see Hartline or Camarillo out there.
76 catches and 750+ yards isn't all that impressive either... thats not even 10 yards a catch so clearly there's no YAC getting done... we need someone who can catch it and break it... we'll leave it to the "slot" guy to just catch it and drop.
People also assume he'd be great in the slot (not saying he wouldn't be), but when has he ever? So far in Miami he's been mainly an outside guy. At Hawaii he was an outside guy. Hell, in mini-camps he was working on the outside and Camarillo in the slot.
Marshall can break one and get the yards after the catch. Give me the guy who can take advantage of all the short stuff that will be open and rack up the first downs.
Hartline got his YAC when he was heading into space. I don't remember him really ever creating the extra yardage himself. Davone can do that. Obviously Camarillo is not a YAC guy either.
To me, if Bess is your second best receiver (which he is), put him out there in 2 WR sets. Hartline is a good down field receiver, so use that when you try and spread teams out to open up things for Bess and Cam in the slots. But in 2 WR sets, I really think your 2nd best guy needs to be starting.
Wes Welker is a "slot" guy. So does that mean he should only come in on 3 and 4 WR sets?
Regardless, we all know how it's going to end up. They'll all rotate and end up getting similar snap counts. I just think it's silly to hold Bess to 3rd down/3-4 WR-look duty. He's your second best WR. Get him on the field.
And BTW, PZ, those numbers might not be all that impressive, but it lead the team by a land slide.