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Data Entry: Building a WR Profile for Chicago’s New Offense

| February 20th, 2018

The Combine approaches in a few weeks in Indianapolis, and with it an obsession over everything that can be measured. Height. Weight. Hand size. Three-cone. Jumping ability. Speed. Everybody will soon be discussing 40 times like they make the difference between a good and bad football player.

Before we get a bunch of data from the Combine, let’s take a look at which measurables might matter, specifically at wide receiver.

New head coach Matt Nagy comes from the Andy Reid offense in Kansas City, so I took a look at the Combine stats of WRs the Chiefs invested in  -either in the draft or free agency  -since Reid came to Kansas City in 2012. Basically, I wanted to find a physical profile for well-performing wide receivers in that offense that the Bears might look to follow this year. This can help us identify what wide receivers at the Combine might make sense as targets for the Bears in the draft.


Building the Profile

There were 8 Chiefs WRs identified that were drafted by them, signed to a substantial deal in free agency or earned a meaningful role with the team as an undrafted free agent since Reid took over in 2012. These players were Tyreek Hill, Jeremy Maclin, Albert Wilson, Chris Conley, Jehu Chesson, Demarcus Robinson, Da’Ron Brown, and De’Anthony Thomas. I used Mock Draftable to look up their Combine data (or found data from their pro day when the Combine was not available) in every category I could find, and compared it to the average WR mark in each of these categories that Mock Draftable has compiled. Full data can be seen here.

Many of the measurables didn’t show any clear pattern, but I identified three where players consistently scored well: 40-yard dash, vertical jump, and broad jump.

  • 6 of the 8 WRs scored average or better in each individual category
  • 7 of the 8 WRs scored average or better in at least 2 of the 3 categories
  • 5 of 8 hit all three.

(It’s also worth noting that the four most successful receivers in Reid’s time in KC have been Hill, Maclin, Conley, and Wilson, and all four scored average or better in all three categories.)

Thus we have a physical profile should the Bears try to bring the same type of WRs to Chicago. We want players that are average or better at the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, and broad jump. Based on the averages compiled over the years, here are the thresholds that you should watch for from the wide receivers at the Combine:

  • 40 yard dash: 4.51 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 35.5 inches
  • Broad jump: 120 inches (10 feet)

It should be noted that simply hitting these thresholds does not mean a player is a good WR, or that he will excel in Chicago’s new offense. There is more that goes into it than just measurables. But it appears that players who excel in this offense typically possess traits that allow them to test well in these three areas. I just wanted to make sure to note that testing alone does not tell the whole story (as we’ll see below). Think of this as looking for a physical style of player who should fit the offense. It offers no attempt at scouting out how good the player actually is.


Current roster

Now that we have this data, let’s look at how WRs currently on the Bears roster match that profile. The table below shows Combine (or pro day) results in these three areas for every WR who finished 2017 with the Bears or is currently under contract with them. Missed thresholds are shown in red.

A few thoughts:

  • Cam Meredith is going to thrive in this offense. People really underrate how good his breakout season was in 2016. He is still fairly new to the position and has all the physical tools you want.
  • Kevin White matches the physical profile of somebody who should as well, but I’m not sure he still has these explosion numbers after the leg injuries.
  • I don’t care if he meets all three physical thresholds, Markus Wheaton needs to be cut. There are better players who the Bears can sign in free agency for that money who also meet the thresholds (more on that in a minute).
  • Kendall Wright fits decently well too, and it might be worth re-signing him given the rapport he already has with Mitchell Trubisky. I’m ok with Wright as a 3rd or 4th WR, not so much as the #1 like he was last year.
  • Dontrelle Inman doesn’t seem like a great fit, but I’d still be fine with letting him fight for a roster spot in camp.
  • I can’t wait to see fans hyping Tanner Gentry again this offseason.
  • I had honestly never even heard of DeMarcus Ayers, Mekale McKay, or Nelson Spruce before researching this piece. Apparently the Bears signed them to reserve/futures contracts after the season. They’re almost certainly just camp bodies, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t even make it that far. Now that Nagy has been hired, these are the types of guys who might get replaced by new UDFA who fit his offense better after the draft.

Free Agency

The Bears are likely going to add some WR talent in free agency this offseason. Let’s see how the notable names scheduled to hit the market check out. This is the same table as before, only I also added their age at the start of the 2018 season for some context on where in their careers these various players are.

Disclaimer: I wrote this on January 30, and as of this writing, all of these players were scheduled to be unrestricted free agents. Don’t get mad at me if some of them are off the market by now.

A few thoughts:

  • Everybody keeps talking about Jarvis Landry, but I just don’t see it. He doesn’t seem to fit the physical profile, which honestly surprised me. His testing numbers were horrible. And he’s going to be too expensive.
  • Not all red marks are the same. John Brown missed the broad jump by 1 inch, which is much different from Landry missing it by 10. Marqise Lee missed the 40 time by 0.01 seconds. I had to have a cutoff somewhere.
  • There are a lot of solid WRs who fit this profile scheduled to hit free agency. Not all of them will hit the market (rumors are that Robinson and Watkins, for instance, won’t), but plenty will. The Bears would do quite well to add any two players from this list (besides Amendola or Landry) to their roster. All have been productive to varying extents in the last few years and would be good physical fits in this offense. And all of them but Mike Wallace are still young enough that they can be meaningful contributors for at least the next 3 years.
  • Wallace, Matthews, Robinson, and Lee have all topped 800 yards at some point in the last two years. That would fit the bill of the one 750+ yard WR I said the Bears would need last week. Gabriel, Wilson, Richardson, and John Brown all fit the 500+ yard bill, with Jaron Brown just missing it at 477 yards last year. So realistically one player from each of those lists would be a very solid combo for the Bears that matches the plan I outlined. I’ll have more on that next week.
  • There are a few other free agents who might be worth cheaper flyers that I looked at, and several of them fit the physical profile as well. Guys that hit all three thresholds include Donte Moncrief, Cody Latimer, Michael Campanaro, Brice Butler, Tavarres King, Josh Bellamy, and Deonte Thompson. If you lower the criteria to hitting two of the three, options include De’Anthony Thomas and Terrelle Pryor (who has character concerns that raise a red flag). Remember: hitting these thresholds doesn’t mean the player is good (see Bellamy, Josh), it just suggests the player is a physical fit for the offense. That might make one or two of these players a good option on a camp tryout contract.
  • Another thing to keep in mind is that new options can emerge as players are cut. I’ll look at potential options there as they present themselves, but one who is already on my radar is Emmanuel Sanders, who has been rumored as a potential cap casualty in Denver this offseason. He meets all three thresholds (4.40s 40, 39.5″ vertical jump, 126″ broad jump) and would be another option in the 750+ yard category.

Lessons Learned

When looking at Combine numbers next week, pay attention to 40-yard dash, vertical jump, and broad jump numbers for the wide receivers. If the Bears look for WRs who fit the physical profile that excelled in Kansas City, players who do well in these three areas should be on their radar.

If you extend that profile to the current roster, Cam Meredith looks good, and those who haven’t yet given up on Kevin White can have some hope. In free agency, there are a number of productive options who fit the profile, meaning that the Bears should have plenty of options to upgrade their wide receiving core in a meaningful way this offseason. If they follow the plans I have outlined over the last two weeks, here’s what their depth chart could look like come training camp:

  • WR1: Cam Meredith
  • WR2: 1 of Marqise Lee, Jordan Matthews, Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders (if cut)
  • WR3: 1 of Albert Wilson, Paul Richardson, Kendall Wright, John Brown, Taylor Gabriel
  • WR4: another 1 of the WR3 list, or rookie who hits the thresholds
  • WR5: Rookie who hits the thresholds and/or flyer like Donte Moncrief, Cody Latimer, Josh Bellamy, DeAnthony Thomas, etc.

This would be a deeper group of talent than the Bears have had at wide receiver in quite some time. While it might not have the huge names that would make waves, it would go at least 3-4 players deep with solid options who have proven they can be productive in the NFL and all match the physical profiles of players that have found success in this offense. In my book, that would mark a successful offseason transformation of the WR position.

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  • Irish Sweetness

    Auden Tate. 6’5. He’d be a guy for us but we’d have to take him in the second. Because Pace.

    Tremaine Edmunds and Auden Tate, or Nelson and Tate(Buy a linebacker).

    And hey, Deonte Thompson is a FA? Pace won’t have the balls to suck it up, will he? Allen Robinson would be nice but the Jags won’t let him go.

  • SC Dave

    I guess I’m a little skeptical of the fairly widespread concern here regarding which players fit the Chiefs offense.

    Do we expect yet another Bears regime that can’t do anything and use the excuse they don’t have the players that fit their “profile”?

    Couldn’t we finally get a coaching staff that knows how to leverage the strengths already on the roster?

    That said, our WRs suck, so the need for improvement there is manifest. But I wonder just how much like KC’s offense the Bears will look.

    • Big Mike

      Not at WR. What the Bears have on the roster isn’t really that good. Best case from Data’s list, you’re looking at Meredith, White, Wright, new guy, Bellamy. Plus it’s the offseason. Time to go shopping. When the season starts we’ll see if they can adapt the game plans to who is available.

      Nice look at the profile of WR that Pace might be targeting. It will be fun to see if Data is on the mark.

      • Irish Sweetness

        There’s a couple of 6’4/6’5 guys there this year, but there’ll be a premium on them in the first two rounds. Does Pace have the balls to pull the trigger in 2?

        Short slot guys we have. Nothing wrong with Wright. Cohen can play short like a Gentry. Kevin wakes the fuck up maybe and explodes. But Jump-ball guy needs to be there for Mr. Biscuit.

        • Big Mike

          Pace is fearless.

    • Irish Sweetness

      If they learn it quickly, that might only be two seasons before MT & Co. get it going on offense.

      As always. I’ll be more concerned about how the defense looks. I have a Jones for Edmunds now.

      I’m rewatching SB XX here (no ads) and looking at how men played defense and blocked. How Dennis McKinnon didn’t even get flagged for his clipping demolition was hilarious. Some guy tried to clothesline and horse collar Gentry at the same time on a return.

      How great was Richard Dent? Unblockable. 17 sacks and NINE FORCED FUMBLES that year. Seeing Dave Duerson on a football field was weird. I forgot Mac’s amazing pass downfield to Margerum where he scoops it up, he nearly scores a TD later on but gets stopped just short.

      But if we got Edmunds and he put on 15lbs ….. imagine Leonard Floyd rushing at you from the other side …. and we could make that happen at #8. We could do no wrong in drafting Nelson, but guards don’t win super bowls.

      • BearDown100393

        2 more years? Seriously?

        • Irish Sweetness

          I was watching a doco on Bill Walsh. Steve Young said the WCO takes 3 years to learn, and he’s pretty smart. 2 years is probably a pipe dream.

          Again, this is where Pace shows you his smarts or not – why is he installing a guy who runs the WCO if in reality it takes 23 years to install?

          Occam’s razor? He doesn’t know it takes three years.

      • willbest

        If they aren’t in the playoffs in 2019, then the Pace era will be a failure.

        • CanadaBear

          I could give him a pass if the injuries don’t subside but I totally agree other than that.

        • Irish Sweetness

          based on his record over 3 years, he’s that already.

    • They basically have nothing on the roster now but Cam, who actually fits this profile really well.

      This is more intended to take a look at what FA options (and draft eventually) fit the profile of guys they might want.

      It’s worth noting that there are no guarantees Chicago does the same as KC did. That was Reid’s team, this is Pace’s (with Nagy’s input).

      • CanadaBear

        I’d be a lot happier if the Bears signed someone that made Meredith a WR2.

        • There is nobody who will hit FA that’s a better WR than Meredith, IMO. You could argue Landry, who’s certainly more proven.

          • willbest

            Nobody with more upside than Meredith, but there are probably 5-6 that are more proven. And that is what we need. We have question marks at TE, Howard doesn’t have the best hands, we need 2 top 40 receiving options at WR

          • More proven in terms of best season or similar to Cam’s best season but doing it more times: Lee, Matthews, Landry, and an aging Mike Wallace.

            You could add John Brown in there too, but he’s 2 years removed from his 1 big season and has gotten progressively more quiet.

          • CanadaBear

            I know ACL tears aren’t as big of a deal as before but once you factor in Bears luck I’m not counting on Meredith being the same guy. Hopefully he is.

          • CRAZYBEARNORTH48

            All depends how serious he takes an works on the rehab

          • CanadaBear

            No doubt. He has a lot of incentive to give it hell.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I don’t ecven think we need a FA, just draft a 6’5 stud for jump balls. Easy. We have vets for the rest and we can always sign Deonte Thompson back, he did nothing but catch footballs.

    • leftcoastdave

      I also think the talk of the “KC” offense profile is way overdone. Sure, pay up for Albert Wilson and one other WR in FA, but this year needs to be the year of the D – Fence. Big improvements in the LB corp are needed and would change everything. There is plenty of deadwood to trim (McPhee and Cooper to name two) and much to be obtained in FA and the draft.
      This is the year to both reward Fangio and recreate the Monsters of the Midway to make Chicago a location FAs want to land.

      • They absolutely need to upgrade at OLB this offseason as well. McPhee and Young are both done, and they have nothing next to Floyd right now.

        I’ve just been focusing on WR right now because we have the same D staff in place, so you should have a general idea of what the Bears want at OLB already. Andrew’s written about it in past years, but mainly they want guys with super long arms (that fits both the Pace profile coming from NO and Fangio’s profile).

        Please don’t mistake this as me saying WR is the only need, or even the #1 need. In order, here’s my top needs:

        1) OLB
        2) WR
        3) CB (assuming Fuller is kept, if Prince and Callahan are also kept this drops down a bit)
        4) OT (add in OG if Sitton is cut, which I think happens)
        5) DL

        • and in response to your “LB ugrades” comment, I’d be happy with either Edmunds or Smith as the pick at #8. Both are stud playmakers who’d be ILB and make the D better.

          • leftcoastdave

            Butch started the Edmunds cheering and I am all on board there. And Albert Wilson makes so much sense he needs to be overpaid as much as is necessary, given his ability to separate and become a “go to” guy.
            But I think the D is so close to being great that this is the year where the most bang for the buck will come from spending on the D and drafting D early with a WR, QB and OL picked late.

          • Irish Sweetness

            If we draft Edmunds then I don’t even care who comes after. That will be a piece to the puzzle. I’d be so pumped for Floyd and Edmunds.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Reward Fangio for what, Dave?

  • KentuckyBearsFan
    • BenderMcLugh

      Captain Comeback years

      • CanadaBear

        I checked his stats those years, not exactly stunning.

        • BenderMcLugh

          agreed, but he sooo clutch lol. I remember thinking at the time they dubbed him Captn Comeback, isn’t that a little soon to call him that after it was only the 2nd comeback win? I think he had a few more though

          • CanadaBear

            I’m guessing Peyton will have an upper deck of honor compared to Hairball.

          • BearDown100393

            He’s already enshrined equally.

          • BearDown100393

            Indy was desperate at the time.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Well DUH! He is the greatest QB in Indianapolis Colts history.

    • BearDown100393

      Jeff George is disgusted.

  • CanadaBear
    • leftcoastdave

      Nope. I’d have kept the guy. He is still facing a suspension and will have had a year long sabbatical. Why kick the guy when he is down, especially if he is able to get up and contribute in the second half of the season? It’s not like he is being paid to sit and recuperate.

      • CanadaBear

        I’m not sure he’ll ever play again. Did you read his note?

        • leftcoastdave

          Yep, it is a sad case. I did hear some chatter about the concussions but clearly it looks to be worse than anybody thought.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Wow. Sitton and Freeman? Now we need Nelson. AND a linebacker. What to do?

  • BenderMcLugh

    Bye Bye Freeman

    • BearDown100393

      Did Jeff break this story?

    • SC Dave

      No surprise, but the whole thing is a shame. He was our best linebacker, but the PEDs got him.

      • BerwynBomber

        The PEDs also may explain his entire NFL career.

        • SC Dave

          Seeing Freeman’s note

  • BearDown100393

    “And for those who haven’t read this piece today, at no point do I say one critical thing about @danpompei – a legend I respect greatly. I discuss a transition in the media. Shame some can’t actually read.”

    Jeff is morphing into Trump.

    Twitter needs an exorcism.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Twitter is weird. It’s like standing up in an infintely noisy room and shouting “What I meant to say was …” and nobody’s listening.

      • SC Dave

        I believe I’ll have another beer.

  • AlbertInTucson

    NCAA vacates 2013 Louisville Men’s Basketball Championship.

    https://www.facebook.com/topic/Louisville-Cardinals-Mens-Basketball/107783245909499?source=whfrt&position=1&trqid=6524710374942794185&impression_guid=0QAUtKlycFIh7Ldgx

    LOL.

    Only took them 5 years to catch up with that.

    Talk about “Closing the barn door after the horse is gone”!

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      Pitino had a history of leaving the barn door open.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yes, and it STILL took the mopes at the NCAA 5 years to sort it out.

  • evantonio

    Freeman’s goodbye letter:

    I hate to say I’m sorry again, but I’m sorry. I’ve been on IR all year and you try and stay out of sight, but sorry for the distraction. I had been lying to friends, family and loved ones when it came to the question of, ‘Are you OK?’ Knowing my career may be over due to everything that came with the head injury (that’s been purposely downplayed by me), memory loss and all, has actually been a bit of a struggle. That being said there’s no excuse to cope with any problems by taking any kind of pills. I don’t know my future but a big thanks to the Bears and the NFL, if I would have used their programs and services earlier than I did I wouldn’t be in this situation. Sorry again for the distraction.

    Concussions ain’t no fun for anyone.

    • BenderMcLugh

      damn, hopefully he retires and gets as healthy as he can. No ill-will toward him.

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    • BearDown100393

      Takes guts to do that.

    • CanadaBear

      Seems like it’s from the heart. Pity the way things turned out. I’m with Bender.

    • Loss of memory, mind…scary stuff . and it’s degenerative.

  • BerwynBomber

    Guess we are the only country with mental health issues.

    Interesting. Didn’t know that.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I respect Bill Polian but…

    His criticism of Lamar Jackson as an NFL QB prospect is that he is “Too Short”.

    The guy is 6’3″. How tall does he have to be?

    Polian’s asking price for Nick Foles would be “2 Firsts and 2 Seconds.”

    Right, Bill.

    And people in hell want ice water.

    • BearDown100393

      But isn’t he a genius?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Even a genius can’t beat father time.

    • evantonio

      Are you saying people in hell don’t want ice water?

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Well, when I go to hell I want hot chocolate. Or irish coffee. Hot Irish Chocolate Coffee.

        Dante’s Ninth Circle of Hell:
        “At this I turned and saw in front of me,
        beneath my feet, a lake that, frozen fast,
        had lost the look of water and seemed glass.”

        • Irish Sweetness

          Dante on the blog. That’s how we roll.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I’m saying ain’t nobody gonna pony up 2 ones and 2 twos for Nick Foles.

        • evantonio

          I wouldn’t have thought the Eagles could get what they did for Sam Bradford, but all it takes is one GM willing to be fleeced.

    • BerwynBomber

      Jackson’s skinny, inaccurate, and runs more than he passes.

      I’d be surprised if he is anything more than a one or two year wonder, a’la RG3 or Vince Young, in the NFL.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I wasn’t endorsing him.

        Accuracy IS a big issue but, “too short” is not.

        • BerwynBomber

          Didn’t think you were. Only suggesting that, Polian’s height mistake aside, I tend to agree with his overall take.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yes,

            I should have said “one of” Polian’s criticisms because he also said “inaccurate” and “too skinny”.

            On the other hand, his asking price for a Foles IS ridiculous.

      • I’d take him in the 2nd.
        Worst case scenario, he turns into a WR, which we also need.

        Pace should be insuring his Trub pick.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      Brady and Eli are 6’4”.

      Peyton is 6’5″.

      Glennon is 6’6″.
      (short for a giraffe)

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, 6’3 today is borderline. It’s not short but it’s not tall either. It’s average.

        Shortest QBs in the league last year were Wilson, Brees, Rodgers, Taylor and Dalton. RW is 5’11’. Brees a generous 6′. And Rodgers, Taylor and Dalton are 6’2″.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Somebody like Cleveland might pay Foles’ price … and then he’d disappear.

  • EnderWiggin

    Looks like Sitton is gone too. I didn’t expect that.

    • CanadaBear

      I wasn’t sure either way. He’ll sign with another team.

    • leftcoastdave

      With the # O line coach and Jordan Morgan coming off a year of building his body for the NFL, I expected it. Kush will be back and Compton was amazingly adequate. Plus there a couple of other guys they signed, UDFA Brandon Greene from ‘Bama and a journeyman Will Periack.
      Give Harry some time with the kids and use that $8m building a monster D.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’m tired of adequacy on that line, Dave. Prrotect the boy, block for the run … we gotsta improve.We gotsta.

        • SC Dave

          This. I want the new version of Van Horne, Thayer, Hilgenberg, Bortz, and Covert.

          Now, so that Jordan gets them when he’s young, instead of having to wait until he’s old like Walter did.

    • I did. He’s old, expensive, and has been hurt a lot the last few years. You can’t afford to have 2 old, expensive guards who are always hurt, and Long’s deal is structured such that he gets at least one more year.

      They’ll aim for somebody younger, healthier, and cheaper (likely in FA, IMO). Keep an eye out for Zach Fulton, the C from KC. He’s 27 and a solid player, and having a C who knows the new offense would be an immense help for the OL.

      • leftcoastdave

        Your cut list puts da Bears up to $94m at the current cap rate. Not disrespecting Sitton, but cutting him is a no-brainer with the Whitehair on the roster and plenty of other options for the interior three.

        Can Harry fix Grassu? That is the biggest challenge he faces.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

          No. Grassu does not have NFL leg drive. He’s never gonna be any good.

        • I wouldn’t even want Grasu on the PS.

      • SC Dave

        And so we fuck up Whitehair for him?

        • How does that fuck up Whitehair? I’m cool with Whitehair at C, but fine with G too if they have a solid C next to him.

          • SC Dave

            Let’s move Whitehair to a new position every season, just for fun. Shall we try RT next?

  • Juan Stone

    Ju guys are crazy, did ju forgettabout Kevin White ? He he

  • leftcoastdave

    I hope this is not the Braverman/Gentry kiss of death, but in the off season we signed Mekale McKay to a sheet. He’s a 6’5 WR out of Cincinatti and the rap is over his routes, but he can get up with a 37” vertical. He ran a 4.55 but does not show that kind of speed in his routes.
    We can all hope . . . .

  • willbest

    I wouldn’t want to be within 3 city blocks of this building.

    https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/feb/16/plyscraper-city-tokyo-tower-wood-w350

  • Irish Sweetness

    So without FA, our roster should look like:

    WR1 Cam
    WR2 Kendall
    WR3 Dontrelle
    WR4 KW
    WR5 Bellamy

    If we drafted one of the tall guys in round 2, then you choose to say goodbye to either Bellamy or KW.

    • BearDown100393

      Bellamy with 2 legs is certainly higher up than KW on half of one.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yup. I’d tend to keep Bellamy opr what KW might be.

    • willbest

      Wright and Inman are FAs. Bellamy and Mereith are RFAs. Our WR lineup looks like

      WR1 – Tre McBride
      WR2 – Marcus Wheaton
      WR3 – Tanner Gentry
      WR4 – Kevin White
      WR5 – Demarcus Ayers
      WR6 – McKale McKay

  • willbest

    *Sob* Landry got tagged.

    • SC Dave

      There are several people here that no doubt share my opinion of that, viz.
      so what?

      • willbest

        Yeah I mean who wants somebody that catches 70% of the balls thrown at him and can match up against top DBs

    • BearDown100393

      And rain is well… wet.

  • Emmanuel Sanders would be my #1 choice, but Pace won’t sign any FA over 28 unless an AP at a need like Sitton.

    Guys who I can live with.

    – Paul Richardson. Explosive. Young.
    – Allen Robinson. Proven.
    – Watkins. Dangerous, but a bit inj prone.
    – Is Martavis Bryant available? Big, Fast. Though a lil primadonna

    But, Pace will get Albert Wilson or one of the Browns and call it a day.

    • Robinson and Watkins won’t hit FA.

    • Irish Sweetness

      We’d have to go shopping for Martavis. Rather draft him in the second and hope the kid we draft isn’t as problematic.

    • Malice Halice

      Yea Bryant n Sanders are atop my list. Never know, it could be Demaryus Thomas gettin cut instead? Albert Wilson plays for the Cards right? If that’s da guy I’d be content with at wr3. One thing for damn sure is that I don’t think we need to beg these guys to play for us. Except Bryant at Wr n Malcom’s Butler at DB (leadership in da DB till E.Jackson calls shots back there, yea.

    • willbest

      Bryant is too much of a basket case for his talent. Plus I am dubious to anybody being thrown to by a HoF QB playing opposite a WR on the fast track to the HoF.

  • Malice Halice

    Great post, open my eyes on how we should look into Wideout.Those cuts today made a impression, I’m pretty sure we will be drafting a Wr with our #8. To keep it real, Fuller bi-polar playing ass most likely will kick rocks to make room for a younger bonafide DB who makes plays the 1st year! (See M.Lattimore) yea Fuller did good this year but the way Marshawn Lattimore hit the ground running I just don’t think Fuller is worth it nor worth the hype. DB’s r a plenty and if we can’t get Malcolm Butler then that #8 goin for a DB. Given the fact we’re working on going from 51mil to maybe 70+ kinda shows me we will cash out in FA for receivers who already understands Pro level n draft a DB and make the training camp more competitive. So, my belief is we making cuts to either
    A) Make enough money to pay Fuller
    B) Make enough to get 2-3 contributing WR
    C) Both

    • willbest

      I won’t be upset with a WR, but I really would rather get pass rush talent.

  • SC Dave

    The most impressive of all the records lists, IMO.

    https://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/touches_career.htm

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

      I was very surprised to see Thomas Jones sitting there at 20. I loved that dude.

    • That’s one of the reasons I can never admit to Emmit Smith being the best HB of all time.

      If Frank Gore ran has another 1,300 touches, does he not challenge for the top rusher of all time? (And that’s without the great dallas Oline)

      Walter, Jim Brown. Sanders.

      I’m a bit surprised Eric Dickerson that high. Always thought he had a shorter career for some reason.

  • catfish44

    JOSH SITTON NOW A FREE AGENT. and from bears wire.—–” Chicago may decide to roll with Kyle Long at right guard, Grasu at center and Whitehair at left guard. ” ! That would be a HUGE step backward.grasu regularily gets blown backwards. he doesn’t belong in the NFL even if he played for free!! what’s next, not signing fuller?

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