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Patriots picking up WR Michael Jenkings (Vikings)

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Posted: 3/28/2013 11:05 PM

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There are reports that WR free agent Michael Jenkins, let go by the Vikings, has been picked up by the Patriots.

He is 30 years old, and has had only modest WR production (40 catch range) throughout his career, along with several injuries.  According to the BleacherReport.com he has the name of "molasses mike" ... which can't be a good thing.

Link: Michael Jenkins to Patriots

He is not regarded as fast at all, but the hope is that he can still win matchups with his height.  

But the question I have is, if The Patriots wanted a tall outside receiver, then why didn't they really go after Anquan Boldin (the Super Bowl and Playoffs star) when he was cut by the Ravens?  

One good proven player is always better than 3 unproven, unproductive players.

  
  

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Posted: 3/29/2013 4:18 AM

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That's easy Dereek, I think. They would have to trade for Boldin, likely using a draft pick to do it. The Patriots RARELY do that. It just isn't the way they operate. I think that is why they haven't gone after Emanuel Sanders. They would have to give up a third round pick to get him, so they won't do it. It's just business as usual.
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Posted: 3/29/2013 4:34 AM

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Yeah, instead of adding a possible, proven, upgrade in Sanders; BB will blow that pick on some DB who`ll wind up getting released. What do they want with this guy MJ? Isn`t that what they signed Jones for? 10 to 5 Jenkins is gone by July and more money will have been wasted.
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Posted: 3/29/2013 8:35 AM

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Jimbothekid wrote: That's easy Dereek, I think. They would have to trade for Boldin, likely using a draft pick to do it. The Patriots RARELY do that. It just isn't the way they operate. I think that is why they haven't gone after Emanuel Sanders. They would have to give up a third round pick to get him, so they won't do it. It's just business as usual.
How successfull have they been with their third round picks? I grow annoyed with their picks and, have a much higher expectation with what they have drafted. Please, listen. Now before all the activists(sp) on this board chime in, look at the draft positions they have had over the most recent draft years. As many as 6 among the top 100, yet their defense does not reflect that at all. This year, lets make it 3 SB's within the last 13 years.biggrin

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Posted: 3/29/2013 9:22 AM

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Unless I missed something, Boldin was never released.  He was traded by one Harbaugh to the other for a 6th rounder.  Just a guess, but I'm willing to bet there was no way Baltimore trades him to NE under any circumstances.  Or Pittsburgh for that matter.  The chances of Boldin in Foxborough were always zero.

Jenkins is camp comp.  I doubt there is any guaranteed money involved.  Take a shot, see if he regains being the decent big wideout he was in Atlanta.  If so, great, he's 3/4/5 on the depth chart.  If not, nothing wasted.  Other WRs will be in camp this summer - hopefully a vet like Sanders and/or a draftee like Patterson or Woods or Allen.  Let's see how it plays out, and save real criticism for real transactions.
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Posted: 3/29/2013 9:27 AM

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Jimbothekid wrote: That's easy Dereek, I think. They would have to trade for Boldin, likely using a draft pick to do it. The Patriots RARELY do that. It just isn't the way they operate. I think that is why they haven't gone after Emanuel Sanders. They would have to give up a third round pick to get him, so they won't do it. It's just business as usual.
How successfull have they been with their third round picks? I grow annoyed with their picks and, have a much higher expectation with what they have drafted. Please, listen. Now before all the activists(sp) on this board chime in, look at the draft positions they have had over the most recent draft years. As many as 6 among the top 100, yet their defense does not reflect that at all. This year, lets make it 3 SB's within the last 13 years.biggrin

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That's kind of my point too User. I have heard many say that Sanders is worth a third round pick. They have basically been terrible with drafting wide receivers, and though there are no guarantees with Sanders, I would take the chance.
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Posted: 3/29/2013 1:17 PM

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I rather they take a chance on Titus Young then this guy.This team's wr situation is just not good right now.This team doesnt have many picks in the draft.
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Posted: 3/29/2013 2:15 PM

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One thing that JENKINS can do that Sanders cannot is hang on to the ball. Jenkins has 3 fumbles in 354 rec over 9 years. Sanders has 5 fumbles over 94 rec in 3 years. So, 1 fumble for every 118 receptions vs. 1 fumble every 19 receptions.
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Posted: 3/29/2013 6:07 PM

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Not sure where Sanders is getting this rep as a guy who can't catch the ball.  I don't have the stat in front of me but I saw it a while ago and if I am remembering correctly he only dropped 3 passes this past season and 2 the season before that.  Welker had double digits.  And even though Welker had far more targets, Sanders' drops per target were relatively low, something like 4 percent I think it was, much better than Welker.  But Welker aside, because of course I'm not trying to compare him to Welker, any starting receiver that only drops 2 or 3 passes in an entire season has pretty good hands in my book.
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Posted: 3/29/2013 6:18 PM

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EagleT wrote: Unless I missed something, Boldin was never released.  He was traded by one Harbaugh to the other for a 6th rounder.  Just a guess, but I'm willing to bet there was no way Baltimore trades him to NE under any circumstances.  

Don't even try EagleT.  That argument has been made to these folks many times and it just does not matter to them.    Doesn't matter that John gave Boldin to his little brother Jim as a gift and that no team in the AFC ever had a shot at obtaining the guy unless they had cut him, and this gift exchange allowed the Ravens to make sure no AFC team could get him.  I mean if BB could have traded a late sixth round pick for Boldin like the Niners did, I think he probably would have at least inquired about it.
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Posted: 3/29/2013 6:19 PM

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Agreed. I've seen several items on the web that indicate Sanders isn't that bad when it comes to drops, and isn't even the worst in that category on the Steelers. The fumbles are another matter. Those worry the hell out of me.
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Posted: 3/29/2013 6:39 PM

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I guess I'm not too bothered by a couple fumbles.  Not ideal, but I'd be more worried if he was fumbling 5 or more times in a season.

But this is true.  If you're going to drop the ball, it's better to do it before you catch it than after you catch it.

I'm still not convinced the Pats are going to try to get him anyway.  If they had more draft picks at their disposal then I could see it happening.
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Posted: 3/29/2013 7:43 PM

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I just remember that season when Ben Watson got stripped 3 times. After that, he had a bullseye on him with every DB and LB because they knew he was prone to cough the ball up. His impact on the offense took a nose-dive after that.
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