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08 FA Wide Receivers

Posted on: February 4, 2008 8:49 pm

Wide Receiver

     1.)    Bernard Berrian, Bears, 6’1”, 27

§         Berrian is a very inconsistent receiver.  He busted onto the scene in ’05 when Rex Grossman became the starter, and he greatly improved in ’06.  In ’07, he showed signs of greatness, but he also dropped a lot of passes and gave up on routes (which lead to INTs).  He has great speed and is a huge playmaker, but he needs to become more consistent.

2.)    Bryant Johnson, Cardinals, 6’3”, 26

§         Johnson isn’t a burner, more of a possession receiver. He is a big, strong receiver that runs good routes.  He does have some problems with dropped passes, because he is thinking too much about the run after the catch.  He has the ability to become a great #2 receiver, he just needs to see more time on the field.

3.)    Andre Davis, Texans, 6’1”, 28

§         <st1:city><st1:place>Davis</st1:place></st1:city> has great straight line speed, but he is not a spectacular receiver.  He is good to stretch the field, but is not willing to go across the middle of the field.  He has very good hands, but needs to become more versatile in his routes.

4.)    Jerry Porter, Raiders, 6’2”, 29

§         Porter is a playmaker.  He also needs an attitude adjustment.  He sat out ’06 because of a dispute with the Raiders staff.  His talent has not been properly used by the Raiders, just like Moss’s wasn’t.  Either that or he just plays when he wants to.  He has great size, speed and playmaking ability.  He may be a steal if he comes at the right price.

5.)    Keary Colbert, Panthers, 6’1”, 25

§         A quick, young receiver that doesn’t stand out.  He does all the small things right, but nothing exceptional.  He has only average size and speed, but is a consistent target.  He is a smart receiver that will find holes in the secondary, but will also disappear against bigger physical corners.

6.)    DJ Hackett, Seahawks, 6’2”, 25

§         Hackett is a good size receiver with good speed, but he drops many easy passes.  He lacks the concentration and hands to become a dependable receiver in the NFL.  He has benefited from <st1:city><st1:place>Seattle</st1:place></st1:city>’s pass happy offense.

7.)    Devery Henderson, Saints, 5’11”, 25

§         An undersized WR with a lot of speed.  He can really stretch the field, but that’s about it.  He is not a great route runner and he will drop a few passes.


Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2008 5:16 pm

08 FA Wide Receivers

I think Seattle will re-sign Hackett, so until the RB they will presumably draft develops, they can stick with their newly inputted this year pass-happy 4 WR offense with Engram (Pro-Bowl snub, along with Colston), Branch, and the TD Machine Burrelsson.

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2008 7:29 pm

08 FA Wide Receivers

Bernard Berrian is going to be the most expensive.  Jerry Porter is going to get the Randy Moss treatment.  He is going to be forced to sig na short term high incentive deal.  Bryant Johnson and Andre Davis would be decent #2s.  D.J. Hackett would be a goo upgrade over Berrian.  Devery Henderson at this point is a slightly slower Devin Hester.

Keary Colbert is an interesting prospect however.  He has decent size and good quickness.  He was the underneath guy for Steve Smith.  He would fill in Muhsin Muhammad's role nicely.  He would be cheap as well.

I would like to get Colbert and or Johnson to replace Moose.  Then either Hackett or Porter to replace Berrian.  Porter would be a great receiver if he tried.  Hes in the exact mold as Randy Moss, just not as old.

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2008 3:45 pm

08 FA Wide Receivers

My unrealistic suggestion is that the Bears should try to make a trade offer for Chad Johnson.  More realistically speaking, the Bears should tag Berrian if they can't make a more for Johnson.  In the draft, I would suggest trying to draft Adrian Arrington.

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2008 8:52 pm

08 FA Wide Receivers

I wouldn't expect the Bears to go after any FA agent WR if they do not resign Bernard Berrian.  Bryant Young is an intregueing possibilty, but He could only replace Muhsin Muhammad.  The team would still need a #1 receiver, or a speed receiver.  This year's draft class of WR is fairly deep, and I expect the Bears to make a splash in the draft, not as much in FA for WR.

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