Luke Farrell Named to John Mackey Award Watch List

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Weave77's picture

Glad for the love he is getting, but it will be really hard for him to win with having share snaps with Rashod Berry and Jeremy Ruckert.

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Dstacify's picture

Ruckert sounds like he's going to be used more as a big WR than a TE this coming season (clearly they want to get him on the field due to his immense talent as a pass-catcher but don't trust him enough as a blocker to do it at TE). As far as Berry goes he typically comes into the game in goal-line situations and is much more effective as a blocker than he is as a pass-catcher (if they were to start incorporating the occasional pro-style looks Berry would be my first choice for fullback). I don't think Farrell is likely to win the award by any means but right now he's the most complete TE on the team (considering he showed decent play-making ability in the passing game last year when targeted and is also a very adequate blocker). I don't think we're likely to see the TEs involved heavily in the passing game this coming season unless Fields greatly struggles throwing the ball down the field (like JT did so frequently which led to players like Marcus Baugh becoming more involved in the passing game as safety valves). The reality is our WR corps right now is just too good and too deep. They will command the majority of the attention in the passing game (and players like Hill who are at their best as possession receivers on crossing routes will help Fields out tremendously).

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stxbuck's picture

I'm sure Farrell would be quite happy to follow Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett's 3rd round footsteps into the NFL. His career in on par w/ their's so far...................

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Dstacify's picture

Those aren't what I'd call terrible steps to follow in. Heuerman and Vannett were both good players, they just weren't heavily involved in the passing game at times. Farrell's skillset is honestly more similar to their skillsets while Ruckert is more similar to a Jake Stoneburner type of TE (though hopefully he turns out better than Stoneburner did).

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analyticalguy's picture

Never produced a Mackey award winner? Go figure.

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