Second, this might as well be his rookie year because Fox hated "the powers that be" going over him and basically ignoring him when they drafted Armanti. This put Armanti on the bench all year. It wasn't anything against him it was a battle between Fox and the boys. Basically Armanti got a year long rookie camp and this is his rookie season. I've also heard that they drafted him because they didn't want the Patriot empire to draft him.
Third, they aren't paying him much at all so they might as well let him ride out his contract because for the price they are paying him you aren't going to have Hester returning punts for you.
In time he will become a regular rotation receiver. He would already be getting field time this year except Rivera wanted to go with a more TE/RB based offense, taking advantage of the passing lanes that opened up for the top 3 receivers. This doesn't leave much room for a guy who is a new WR.
As for his arm. He is way better at passing then Clausen. He is shorter but he has great field vision. Carolina's O-line is no taller than the O-line that was at App with the exception of Otah at 6-6, who is injured.
With that said his punt returning has been bad. He catches the ball and doesn't muff which is fantastic. Its a good starting place. The problem is that hes still trying to run like hes just been snapped the ball out of the backfield which isn't how you get yards punt returning. With this I mean he gets happy feet trying to make a decision on where to run to. He gets zero blocking on returns but that doesn't mean he should be averaging 8 yards a return. I would say about half the time in the NFL you can average 8 yards by simply catching and running straight forward immediately. Most of the time he has to fair catch though because there are 5 guys in his face that no one bothered to block. That doesn't make up for the other times though when he gets happy feet and doesn't make up his mind and ends up running 10 yards....sidways.
You guys need to stop being so hard on the guy though. Its like he is your goat for the year. He will make it eventually.
For anyone who doesn't like small colleges. 1/3 of the players who ae on current NFL rosters are from FCS schools. Thats right not even small time FBS/BCS, they are from FCS schools. So anyone hating on those schools is a complete fool who knows absolutely nothing about the NFL or probably life for that matter.
Terrel Owens and Jerry Rice. The top two WR's statistically that there has ever been. Both of them came from small time schools. Favre, one of the top statistical QB's went to southern miss, a little C-USA school. The list goes on and on about people from smaller schools who became stars.
Aaron Rodgers sat behind Favre for a couple years before even getting a shot and look at what he has done. Give the kid a break guys. Get out of your armchairs and go ask Ray Lewis to hit you a few times and we will see what you think about NFL players then. As other have said this isn't Madden so get over yourselves. The staff knows more about the game then you chumps so we will all just have to wait and see what happens after the season. Quite frankly I hope they keep him just to anger some of you guys.
Edited by Zuffassa, 26 December 2011 - 11:23 AM.