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#61 Green Eggs and Cam

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 04:36 PM

Barden would allow us to put smitty in the slot more often. We currently only have two wr's that can play on the outside effectively.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 05:59 PM

It's hard to argue Lafell's production against other team's "#2"s. Lafell is a true #2 for us. Most of those players you listed there come from teams with two comparable receivers at #1 and #2. We have a superstar (albeit an aging one) at #1 with no one really close to him. So of course the drop-off in production from Smith to Lafell is gonna be pretty substantial compared to these other teams with 2 comparable receivers that can split the targets.


CarolinaPanthers8789 was the one saying how LaFell was one of the better WR2s in the league, which I thought was ludicrous. LaFell may be a true 2 for us, but that ain't sayin' much when you start looking at the 2s for other teams. And let's say that the 2s for these teams are not really 2s but 1s, 1 and 1/2s or whatever you want to call them, the fact remains that LaFell has yet to prove that he is on that level. Last year was his golden chance to do it, but here we go again in 2013 with some people making the same ol' tired arguments for LaFell (et. al) that were made before his "break out" year three.

In my opinion LaFell is a WR3 who can sometimes play up to the level of one of those quasi WR1s every once in a teal moon.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:43 PM

If Barden hadn't caught 9 passes against the Panthers not a single one of you would have ever heard of him. I have no problem with him being given a shot but let's be real here.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:44 PM

Wasn't there a certain someone on this board that just loved this guy?

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 07:43 PM

If Barden hadn't caught 9 passes against the Panthers not a single one of you would have ever heard of him. I have no problem with him being given a shot but let's be real here.


Even if that were true, what difference does that make? Not trying to be funny, but the fact is that anybody who is an NFL fanatic, but more specifically a serious fantasy football player had at least heard of Barden before he went off on the Panthers. Of course being the key ingredient to our ass whooping on TNF makes the guy hard to forget. Most people who aren't Panthers or Tigers fans can't tell you who LaFell is either, and even if they can they don't realize he's the Panthers WR2---the guy opposite of 89. Moreover, when is the last time that any of our current WRs (or wide-outs) other than 89 have had a game like Barden did on TNF? Try never!

Like I have said before in this thread, it's not like anyone expects Barden to magically become the mirror image of Megatron, but I don't think that it's too much of a stretch to think that he could rival any WR currently on this team right now that's not named Steve Smith. If that's a conviction of Richardson, Hurney, Fox, LaFell, Gettis, Pilares, and Edwards (and to a lesser extent the newer-comers, although Murphy has had chances in Oakland), then it is what it is.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 09:36 PM

If Barden hadn't caught 9 passes against the Panthers not a single one of you would have ever heard of him. I have no problem with him being given a shot but let's be real here.

He was a 3rd round pick. Any even moderately serious fan likely knows of any 3rd round pick. They even traded up for him, which makes him stick out even more.


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