Posted by Ryan Wilson
Terrell Owens is 37, and at some point in the not-too-distant past, he suffered an ACL injury. But according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, Owens will not only be ready for the 2011 season, he will start. (Rosenhaus also said that Terrelle Pryor will be a "first-round pick.")
PR proclamations aside, the reality is that Owens is entering his 16th season, long after the time NFL players typically transition to life after football. But even if TO can summon one more productive season, there's another issue that will have a lot to do with him playing for his fourth team in four years next season.
Details via the National Football Post's Dan Pompei: "A front office man points out that [Owens] doesn’t always run his route the way he is supposed to and he leaves a lot of gray area for the quarterback. Last year, he led the NFL in most interceptions as a targeted receiver with 12, according to Stats, Inc. What’s more, he has led the league in the category with 43 interceptions over the last five years. And another issue with T.O? He was third in the league in drops last year with 11."
To his credit, Owens still put up impressive numbers in 2010. In 14 games he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. But it's not the first time Owens has been accused of loosely interpreting the playbook. In March, 2007, there were reports that he didn't know the Cowboys' playbook. At the time, the Dallas Morning News' Jean-Jacques Taylor wrote that "Within the organization, T.O.'s lack of familiarity with the playbook wasn't a secret. Players knew. Coaches knew. Front-office personnel knew. After all, [Tony] Romo and others had to tell him the plays during practice, on occasion, so it surprised few when he wasn't sure what to do during games."
Owens refuted the claim saying "I knew my plays... I put everything I love on that." And to be fair, he racked up 81 receptions for 1,180 yards and 13 touchdowns with the Cowboys in 2006. For not knowing exactly where he was supposed to be on the field, TO was still one of the NFL's best wideouts.
But that was more than four years ago and Owens is now coming off knee surgery. Even if he has the playbook committed to memory, age and injuries may have finally caught up to him.
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