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#16 TheRumGone

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 05:00 PM

From what I've seen of Hixon he has the ability to make circus catches with relative ease, he looks natural doing it.  He's not afraid of running through the middle and getting hit. He honestly reminds me of Lafell, but a little bit more athletic. He's not fast, he can make some people miss. But he's an above average reciever for sure.  His problem was not getting playing time. With Nicks, Cruz, Toomer, Smith, playing more than him.  But when he got his opportunities, he made the most of them. I wouldn't be surprised if there was heavy competition between him and Lafell for the #2. 

 

 

Just wanted to reiterate, the guy makes circus catches with ease.



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 05:04 PM

a lot of faith in a 3rd or 4th WR on the depth chart.him not getting playing time is from 2 reason. his injuries and other WRs out playing him.hope im wrong, but a 7th year WR is not going to break out finally.



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 05:19 PM

bars set too low for what would be "a great pickup", imo.
 
7-800 would be great. 3-400 is kinda meh.

 
 

My thoughts exactly we need someone to make an impact and not just fill a role


Lafell got almost 700 yards last year. Some folks think that was no where near acceptable. But if Hixon can get the same amount, he is a "great" pick-up. Um, ok.

I do believe Hixon can improve on the 300+ yards Murphy got last year. I just happen to think that 500 yards out of Hixon is closer to his ceiling. All he has to do is be reliable and he is worth his money. He is never going to be more than a #3-#4 option. So his yards are likely not going to set the world on fire.

Again, all Hixon has to do is stay healthy and be reliable. Anything more than that is a bonus.

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 05:55 PM

ordinarily i would agree with you, but already we're expecting steve smith to pick up ~1200 to consider it a successful season, plus lafell increasing his yardage for the fourth year in a row to around ~800, plus running backs that generally pick up at least 500, plus olsen, who should be good for at least 500 if we have a successful season... combine a commitment to the running attack that should limit a successful season to around 4000 yards and that only leaves another thousand yards split between hixon, gettis, pilares, adams, and the rest of the WR/TE corps.

 

i would love 7-800, but i don't think it's a realistic expectation unless he's supplanting lafell in playing time.

 

i don't expect great. i expect ok.

 

great would be him supplanting lafell and being that legit threat across from smitty that demands double teams.

 

murphy had 336 yards. that's about in the range that you're talking and i don't consider that great at all. the thing is he should have had a lot more than that. he was targeted 61 times over the season and only caught 25. that's a horrible 41% and quite a bit lower than smith, olsen, and lafell...esp. those last couple. considering smith is usually double covered or is having to deal with the other team's best DB(s) and the shear number of times he's targeted it's understandable why he wouldn't be well over 50%, but murphy had no excuse for being so far under that.

 

i expect every receiver to be over 50%. if hixon can do that and get targeted about the same amount and catch as well as he has in the past (66% last year, fwiw) we should be looking at quite a bit more production. the targets should be there for hixon to get well over 500 yards and pushing 600.

 

making the most of the opportunities he's given and being given more opportunities...and getting into the endzone several times will make it a good pickup. great is 7-800 and realistic or not, that's where i'm setting the bar. i think it's definitely doable.
 



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:04 PM

i don't expect great. i expect ok.

 

great would be him supplanting lafell and being that legit threat across from smitty that demands double teams.

 

murphy had 336 yards. that's about in the range that you're talking and i don't consider that great at all. the thing is he should have had a lot more than that. he was targeted 61 times over the season and only caught 25. that's a horrible 41% and quite a bit lower than smith, olsen, and lafell...esp. those last couple. considering smith is usually double covered or is having to deal with the other team's best DB(s) and the shear number of times he's targeted it's understandable why he wouldn't be well over 50%, but murphy had no excuse for being so far under that.

 

i expect every receiver to be over 50%. if hixon can do that and get targeted about the same amount and catch as well as he has in the past (66% last year, fwiw) we should be looking at quite a bit more production. the targets should be there for hixon to get well over 500 yards and pushing 600.

 

making the most of the opportunities he's given and being given more opportunities...and getting into the endzone several times will make it a good pickup. great is 7-800 and realistic or not, that's where i'm setting the bar. i think it's definitely doable.
 

 

i don't disagree. hixon picking up 7-800 could only mean good things for us. but the reality is that cam probably won't throw for much more than 4,000 yards if shula's commitment to the run is any indication, and unless other guys lose snaps, he's just not likely to get that many touches to begin with, especially if lafell and/or gettis are in the mix improving over previous numbers.

 

i hope i'm wrong and our WR3 is sniffing 1k yards but i don't expect it and i won't measure hixon's success by it.



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:13 PM

500 yards for Hixon would be excellent. Assuming he's the 3rd WR. Murph probably would've exceeded that if he didn't drop so many passes.

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:33 PM

i don't disagree. hixon picking up 7-800 could only mean good things for us. but the reality is that cam probably won't throw for much more than 4,000 yards if shula's commitment to the run is any indication, and unless other guys lose snaps, he's just not likely to get that many touches to begin with, especially if lafell and/or gettis are in the mix improving over previous numbers.
 
i hope i'm wrong and our WR3 is sniffing 1k yards but i don't expect it and i won't measure hixon's success by it.


Another aspect that could limit Hixon's yards is the fact that Cam is learning to lean on the check down. I expect our RBs to have more yards this year. They had almost 600 last year.

If Cam can get his comp% up a notch. There are going to be touches to be had. As long as Hixon stays healthy, he should, and probably will, be an integral piece of the puzzle.

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:35 PM

nice fluff piece.



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:44 PM

500 yards for Hixon would be excellent. Assuming he's the 3rd WR. Murph probably would've exceeded that if he didn't drop so many passes.


IMO, I don't think he dropped that many passes. He just could not make any adjustments while the ball was in the air. I remember Cam throwing him one of those back shoulder throws down the sideline, he fell down trying to adjust to the ball. I still giggle over that.

Hixon should be a huge upgrade over Murphy. That makes us better. I can live with that.

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 11:16 PM

I wish we could get some practice footage of Murphy vs.Nakamura on a deep ball



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 11:47 PM

I didn't realize he's been in the league for 8 years. I thought he was maybe a 3 or 4 year guy.

 

Fug all that, what happened to this girls nipples?

 

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 05:20 PM

bars set too low for what would be "a great pickup", imo.

7-800 would be great. 3-400 is kinda meh.

700-800 is your expectation for a #3 WR?

With the RB and QB we have?

Your expectations are way off base.

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 05:43 PM

700-800 is your expectation for a #3 WR?

With the RB and QB we have?

Your expectations are way off base.

for him to be considered a great pickup? yes. i expect him to have in between 5-600 yards, tho, based on the number of targets murphy got and with his ability to catch. i don't think that's unrealistic at all. i want him to be that guy that takes heat off smitty, tho. i want him to get 7-800, tho i don't expect it.

 

make sense?



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 06:39 AM

for him to be considered a great pickup? yes. i expect him to have in between 5-600 yards, tho, based on the number of targets murphy got and with his ability to catch. i don't think that's unrealistic at all. i want him to be that guy that takes heat off smitty, tho. i want him to get 7-800, tho i don't expect it.

make sense?

As the #3 WR....in an offense that will feature the run game ( and te's, Shula has said over and over that the RB's will be features)...more TE with Olsen....plus some read option from Cam....anything more than 400-500 yards would be an amazing year for Hixon.

With the TE and RB looking to play a major role in our passing game, Hixon is more like the 4th to 5th option in the passing game.

He is NOT the #2 WR like Johnson or Moose were when they were brought in.

I would love to see him blue up with a great year stat wise, but I don't expect it nor think he needs if to be a great pick-up.

Just the ability to line up 3-4 wide with actual NFL quality WR's....instead of the likes of AE is already a huge asset.

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 06:46 AM

My take on Hixon is that when given the opportunity he excels.Having said that he has had trouble staying healthy which is key for any WR trying to prove their dominance.I think Gettlemen is gambling that if he can dodge the injury bug that he has the talent to compete for playing time.What I like about him is he is a guy you can go to in a clutch situation.




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