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Let me explain it more specifically, as my earlier posts in the thread obviously weren't communicative enough for some of you. If you want to take a season in which he was targeted 12 times while injured, but had 3 drops and blow it up, that's on you. Moreover, if you want to take a season in which he was targeted 6 times and had no drops and blow it up, that's on you too. With as small of a sample size as either one of them are, how can you draw any honest or accurate conclusion about any receiver with that small of a sample size. The 2013 season he was targeted 83 times and had two drops. The 2013 season is a big enough of a sample size in and of itself to draw a conclusion, as he wasn't hurt, nor was he targeted so little that you say to yourself that this guy is a beast. Like I said earlier in this thread, the most "honest" way (if you will) to draw a conclusion is to take his career in its totality and say he was targeted 101 times and had 5 drops, which of course is just under 5 percent, and very acceptable for a receiver, though not the best. If you can't understand that, I just don't know what else I can tell you. ________ On an off note, noting that a guy was cut, not re-signed or whatever without taking into account a team's superior depth at a position is an intellectually dishonest endeavor as well. That doesn't mean that you're useless at a position, it just means that they don't believe that you justify keeping a roster spot over someone else who is obviously superior and/or has more upside. If "seeing anything special" out of our receivers, including Boykin, is the litmus test for determining whether or not we need to keep, much less start, a guy in our present situation, then we have a problem. And, yes, we do have a problem.
On our team, Benwikere and Ealy are the only players worth starting. In the greater NFL, all are back-ups, except for Benwikere, possibly Klein and Ealy. Moreover, in terms of the league, the rest are take 'em or leave 'em kinda guys due to team's specific needs.
Boykin had barely any playing time in either of those years. Hardly any! So if someone bases anything on those two years in and of themselves, then they just aren't that smart. If you take his numbers in their totality, which is the smarter and generally accepted means of evaluation (not to mention taking things like injury into account), then you get a clearer picture. It's that simple. I can accept anyone telling me that Boykin is a JAG, or that Boykin is a WR4 at best, but don't tell me that he sucks based on 2014 or 2012 because it makes little sense.
I can stand people having a difference of opinion. The thing that gets me is when people act like my or other people's rationale is just crazy. That's when I go off the rocker, or the thing I can't stand. So I will generally respond in kind, or may go overboard on occasion. So it's not the people per se that I can't stand, it's an attitude. There is no need to try and be dismissive or patronizing toward another who has laid out valid reasons as to why they think a certain way. We have all been wrong, even me. Some of us have been more right than others (me), but it's not really about that, it's about respecting well-thought-out opinions and agreeing to disagree like mature adults. Thomas, even though we have not been perfect, I think that you have largely kept things above board and mature, so that address is not really directed towards you as much as it is some others. Back on point, all that being said, I don't believe in overhyping anyone until they've given me a reason. Byrd, Wegher, Ward and Philly Brown were all UDFAs, and for me (even now) I put them all in the same boat. Moreover, I am very skeptical of Gettleman's and Rivera's ability make choices that find the Panthers with the best talent on the roster as it pertains to the offensive side of the ball and offensive depth. If you don't like it, then tough. At this point, you can be a ball sucking, nipple-short sniffing apologist 'til the cows come home. I don't give a poo. I like both Gman and Rivera, but I don't trust them on this issue.
Contrary to red herrings that have been thrown in to muddy the waters because of agenda driven, ulterior motives, the 2013 Jarrett Boykin is Jarrett Boykin. His 2012 and 2014 season basically cancel one another out. They really are too small of a sample to judge. Not to mention that he was hurt at the time in 2014.