I know there's strength in numbers and all that, and this offense with J.T. at the helm is going to be designed to spread the ball around and get everybody involved. But is it me or have we been lacking for awhile now, that true go to #1 receiver that makes big plays when we need them? I just think back over the years and some of the QB - WR combinations we've had:
Bobby Hoying - - - Terry Glenn
Joe Germaine - - - David Boston
Craig Krenzel - - - Michael Jenkins
Troy Smith - - - Santonio Holmes, and then Ted Ginn/Anthony Gonzalez
I guess the common thread is all those above WR were 1st round picks in the NFL, so maybe it is a little unfair. But those were all guys that I felt no matter the down and distance, we had a good chance to convert a big passing play when the QB dropped back to pass. I could maybe stretch and put TP - - - Posey/Sanzenbacher on there but I never got the same feeling with those guys as I did the ones above. And definitely haven't had the same feeling with this current crop of receivers.
The WR group has gotten a lot of preseason hype the past two years, but for whatever reason we haven't seen it materialize on the field. Hell, even guys we thought had tons of potential didn't even play a down. And I'm not sure whether it is because the WR aren't as good as we thought, or the QB has not been able to consistently find them and hit them on time, or the coaching/playcalling just does not lend itself to that type of passing game. It's probably a combination of all three.
Ahh, not sure where I'm going with all of this, other then - - - we should probably temper our expectations for the production of this group, at least compared to some of the all time greats we've had at the position in the last 15-20 years.