INDIANAPOLIS - While everyone here at the NFL scouting combine is bemoaning the NFL fate of such creatures of the spread offense like Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, the pro tight end as we once knew it has become a vanishing species.What is this vanishing species bullshit? Good TE's pop up all over the place. In my opinion, the reason why JP Foschi ends up looking capable for the Bengals is because the scouting department is smaller than the Memphis Grizzlies'.*
And who's bemoaning the fate of Tim Tebow? As far as I can tell the guy is going to get drafted way too early, get PAID, and then find himself out of the league once his rookie contract is up. Eat and drink and find pleasure for free pretty much everywhere in Florida for the rest of his life. Then when he dies a long time later he'll go to heaven. Not a bad gig. So let's tone down the sob song for Tebow.
Where have you gone Rodney Holman? Bengaldom turns its lonely eyes to you.What's that you say Rodney Holman? Paul Brown has left and gone away. Hey hey hey. Hey hey hey.
The age of the dual tight end that can run and catch as well as line up and block next to the tackle and can help you right away as a rookie has been stolen by the spread.The spread is wanted in Missouri for armed robbery and sodomizing Chase Daniels career.
This depressing state of young tight ends, along with the thin crop of wide receivers, makes you think the Bengals might be better off taking that defensive end at No. 21 and going for the tight end and wide receiver in the second and third rounds.I agree, unless their is some otherworldly receiver still sitting there at 21, the Bengals should continue to strengthen the D Line with their first pick. How about we call it a day now that we have that settled?
Personnel men like the Steelers’ Kevin Colbert are saying it’s the deepest field of defensive linemen in his 26 years in the NFL.As much as I hate any Hobson proclaimed "Steelers Man", I have to agree. This is as good a draft as any to get a fucking badass for the D Line.
When Bratkowski watches the tight ends work out here, he’s looking for “certain quickness and speed variables are what you’re looking for and the ability to catch the ball. Those are what you’re looking for. It’s hard to teach speed, it’s hard to teach quickness. If they have those already and can catch it, that’s fine. You can teach a guy to block, but if he hasn’t had a lot of background in him, it doesn’t happen overnight. You can’t teach a guy to block being a great in-line blocker in one year.”
I put this paragraph in there not because it holds any special value but because I don't like Bratkowski and I'm going to show my displeasure by picking apart his half wit quote.
"It's hard to teach speed, it's hard to teach quickness." Most coaches would admit that it is impossible to teach speed and quickness. But, ladies and gentleman, we're talking about the man who defied all the odds and put 11 O-Lineman on the field at once last year. The play resulted in a fumble and a loss of 6 yards but dagumnit, he established something that play. So when this man says it might be hard, but he's not ruling out the possibility of teaching speed and quickness, how do you completely doubt him? You don't folks. You don't.
"You can't teach a guy to block being a great in-line blocker in one year." This might be Hob completely fucking up on his transcription, but I'm not ruling out that Bratkowski actually said this nonsense either. He defies odds on a daily basis. DO NOT BET AGAINST HIM.
“Some teams have been saying I did a good job blocking and others say I need work blocking,” Gronkowski said. “With coaching and technique, I intend to get better.” In this day and age, that seems like the best teams can hope for when it comes to this new endangered species.
So what you really wanted to say this whole time is that whoever we draft at TE is going to suck? And that we will probably be reading an article from you in week 6 of next year about how the Bengals had to locate and resign Foschi while he was in the Swiss Alps taking a clock fixing class? Well at least we can look forward to that.
*Not true, the Grizzlies don't have a scouting department. But don't repeat that because we don't need MikeyBoy hearing about it and then trying to one up their owner.