I agree about the best player, which is why I said that if he makes the team it's because he's the best player in the eyes of the coaching staff. Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is, as you and I both know, if he does make the team there will be tons of people on this board who will never accept that as a fact due to a previously adopted bias that they've created for themselves.
i don't think people have it out the way that AE fans think they do. all the supposed haters see is a guy who was drafted (trading up for the guy) and kept a spot because the big dog (as in jerry richardson) wanted him there.
most just see him as a guy who has done nothing. then there are the AE fans who just think he deserves to be on the team because of what he did at App St.
i think he's got potential. so did dwayne jarrett. i'm just tired of waiting to see it realized. i don't want him to have a roster spot because of someone up top being a fan of his. if he's going to have a roster spot i want it to be because he earned it. most of us just doubt that he can based on what we have seen, not on what we have hoped. right now he sounds like the TC super stars of old like jason carter and taye biddle biddle.
the only real bias that appears to exist with AE is from those who are on his bandwagon. the haters that he may have had coming into the league have only seen from him what they expected all along...that he's overrated and he has done nothing to prove that he isn't.
if he can prove to be anything close to respectable then you will see those "haters" quit hating. the best way for people top quit doubting is for him to give a reason for it, and just making the team doesn't qualify.