BlueOne wrote:Yes, it is that big of a stretch. Off the top of my head the better pass catching teams in the NFC alone are, (in no order) Tampa, Saints, Falcons, Giants, Cowboys, Cardinals, Packers, Lions. The Eagles probably have a strong argument too. The Seahawks WRs have had a good couple weeks since the 9ers game that said only Rice is consistent. Baldwin was nails last year but hasn't done anything this year, Edwards has two catches I can remember this entire season, and I have no idea how we have managed to get so little TE production the last two years. Tate... I don't trust Tate yet. He's obviously a playmaker but I just don't see the consistency yet. The last couple games have been good and MAYBE he has turned the corner but he better keep it up for at least the rest of the season before I believe it. And really, teams don't have number 4s as good as Braylon? Dude was in for one play today, got a false start, and went back out.
I had most of those teams on my list as well. The exceptions were the Cowboys and Saints. I had ours as better. Now, go ahead and jump over to the AFC and come up with three more. Best of luck.
Bengals, Patriots, Texans, Broncos all have more dangerous pass-catchers than we do. IMO.
It's really hard to make this comparison because we don't pass the ball all that much. Rice has done a good job of getting behind defenses recently, and has the TDs to show for it, but he still only catches a few passes a game. Same goes for Tate. It's hard to know what these guys would look like in an offense that threw the ball more. Guys like AJ Green, Andre Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, all of the Patriots... and if you throw in tight ends like Gresham and Daniels (and I generally consider receivers as a whole, not just wideouts) I don't think there's any comparison at least on the basis of production. That very easily could be because of how run-heavy our offense is in general - you can't come up with 100 yards that often when your passing attack only puts up 200 a game, and you can't put up more than 200 yds/game passing when you're only throwing it 15-20 times on average.
As for Doug Baldwin, he's been fine this year, and better the last week or two, but he hasn't been anything special most of the year (granted he has been injured and might be on track for a much better finish). Is he better the last few weeks because RW is so much better on third downs than he was to start the year? I don't know. Hard to say.
But unless you believe that all of these sacks are because a) the OL is terrible or b) the QB can't find open receivers, then some part of it is likely that c) guys are having difficulty getting open. B) doesn't seem to happen that much to RW (though he isn't perfect), so I'm inclined to believe that it's a combination of a and c.
Edit: And I'm not sure you can draw any inferences about Braylon Edwards. He has done basically nothing all year - 8 catches for 74 yards and 1 td. That's impressing nobody, even for a 4th wideout.