One of the important battles of the preseason. How do you guys see it ending up? I think the long-term plan is to have Randle slide in the 3rd spot, but what about the short-term? Who makes the team and who gets cut? How many receivers do we carry?
I'm not sure if Nicks lines up as the X or the Z, but essentially we are looking for an outside receiver to fill that third spot. I think it comes down to a battle between four guys...
Randle- high-upside rookie, needs to learn the system
Jernigan- very fast and elusive, but better suited for the slot, blocked by Cruz
Hixon- reliable but unspectacular and prone to injury
Barden- big and physical, but also injury-prone and can't seem to find sustained success
That leaves us with 6 WRs, but we will probably carry 7 or 8. Other considerations include:
Stanback- has shown some flashy talent, can he show consistency?
Douglass- made some nice plays against the Jets, can he build on it?
DePalma- haven't seen much of him but hear good things. Perhaps bound for the PS again.
I see Hixon seeing the majority of the snaps in that spot over the first few weeks of the season. Randle will be eased in and Jernigan will be given the ball in some other manner. Barden has one more season to prove he can play- he is the only one who doesn't provide help on Special Teams, which we all know is crucial to TC's system. I believe that Stanback will round out the roster, while either one or both of Douglass and DePalma make the practice squad.