Greetings to all my AP comrades. Noticed the use of the word comrades, I'm getting a tryout on the current guy in the White House attempt to take us down the socialist path. As most of you know, football is not for everybody, just a special few of us- a half billion or so. Like socialism, you have elite's, then just plain old every day workers. The team our very own GM used to work has found a star, an elite play maker, affectionately known as "Gronk". Nobody in the league thought he would be as good as he is, but the right system and QB has propelled him to star status. Have we found a proverbial diamond in the ruff? A star in the making?
Of course I am discussing a draft pick from the late rounds of this past draft when a big WR was chosen from a Big 10 school which has lost it's mojo since it fired a coach years past. This player is named Junior Hemingway, whether he can write a story like Hemingway is unknown but we do understand he is a good football player or he wouldn't have been drafted. Yes we needed a developmental WR, but this guy has a couple of weak points in his game according to most scouts. One is he is slow and slow off the line and weak in route running. Bad news for a guy trying to make the team as a WR. Speed isn't something you can fix but route running is.
Since the draft was done I have been pondering the pick and keep coming back to a move from WR to TE. The reason being is his alma mater was in transition and was a primarily run oriented offense so he had to block. He is already pretty heavy for a WR at 225 pounds. Generally it's easier to put on weight than to take it off and keep it off. According to most scouts he is to slow to play as a WR so being a TE is maybe the way to get him into a game where what speed he does have won't be an element that keeps him off the field. He is known to have really good hands, which means he catches the ball well. Adding 15 to 25 pounds shouldn't be a problem and all of a sudden you have a sure handed TE prospect with some upside. I must digress a bit as this role isn't just used in a pure TE role but is also known as an H-Back in some circles.
Seems like Scotty Pioli has been looking for a diamond in the ruff at the TE or H-Back position for awhile now. Jake O'Connell has been taking up roster space and last year we drafted Shane Bannon who may fit into this category of H-Back too. You never know who will shine when given the chance and I see potential with Junior in this role. Go Chief's!!!!