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TEs and VD to WR

Posted: 09/04/2013 11:56 AM

TEs and VD to WR 


I realize this is probably not the case, but would VD move to WR given our depth at TE/H-back?  I originally thought MacDonald was the new Jelanie, but it sounds like that is now being reserved for Harper.  Kind of makes sense sine the former is a true (somewhat throwback) TE.  We also have Celek (if he doesn't get cut when Dobbs comes back) as a pure blocking TE. 

I'm just wondering since VD fooled around in pre season camps with him moving to WR on a longer term basis. I don't know if he's fast enough, but what about a WR group of David, Williams, Baldwin, Crabtree and Patton, with TEs of MacDonald, Harper and Celek.  Just makes me curious (especially with us signing yet another TE to the PS).
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Posted: 09/04/2013 12:24 PM

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aweissburg wrote: I'm just wondering since VD fooled around in pre season camps with him moving to WR on a longer term basis. I don't know if he's fast enough, but what about a WR group of David, Williams, Baldwin, Crabtree and Patton, with TEs of MacDonald, Harper and Celek.  Just makes me curious (especially with us signing yet another TE to the PS).

Davis is more than fast enough, he ran a sub-4.4 (4.38) 40 at the combine before he was drafted. He's arguably the fastest player on the team. He just isn't a refined route-runner. Wide receivers have to run a large array of well-defined routes, whereas Davis is more of a drag/seam/cross runner where he just uses his superior speed and athleticism to create separation.

He does line up at wide receiver from time to time (though usually in the slot), but with route running not a strength of his and blocking a developed strength, it makes sense to keep him at tight end.
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Posted: 09/04/2013 1:32 PM

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I don't expect to see a change in how Vernon is used, either. Harper potentially being a 'Delanie' type of player gives them more options, but I don't expect Harper to be ready for much of a role immediately (i.e., I don't think we'll see him suiting up on Sundays for awhile). Harper, if anything, might be used in more of a WR role when he makes it to the active roster.
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Posted: 09/04/2013 5:54 PM

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I don't get why we would want VD to not be a primary blocker in our run scheme.
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Posted: 09/05/2013 2:21 AM

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Regarding Harper being Delanie Walker, Harper has the advantage of DW defining this role a bit clearer.  It took DW several seasons to create his role.  At first, we seen him as a complimentary offensive weapon, then a blocker and then lining up at different positions.  Then he put it all together, blocking & receiving from different positions.  

As far as VD goes, I see his value more as a TE.
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