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Postby tenaciousz » Wed Aug 03, 2005 12:28 am

SI said he's this years Antonio Gates, anybody else have any input?

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Postby Turnip » Wed Aug 03, 2005 1:13 am

I wasn't aware an Antonio Gates came along every year. He'll be a borderline option to start at tight end, and he has some upside, but not Gates-upside.
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Postby Mercer Boy » Wed Aug 03, 2005 1:31 am

He plays on a NE offense with 3 RB's, 6 WR's, and 2 other TE's that will catch the ball almost weekly. Heck...LB's even catch passes on this team. !+)

I don't think he's going to be Gates-like this year. When Bledsoe and Parcells ran the show, Coates was the man. But now with Brady and Belichick at the helm, the passes go everywhere. I may be jumping the gun or clueless, but I wouldn't expect more than 500/4 from him. There are just too many others who will take the yards and TD's away from everyone else.
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Postby The_Commish » Wed Aug 03, 2005 1:37 am

Watson's stats will be closer to Bill Gates's than Antonio Gates's.

Their comparison is only to attract your attention. There won't be a Gates-like season from an unknown.
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Postby Santacruzer » Wed Aug 03, 2005 2:17 am

I wouldn't go as far as call him as unknown, he just hasn't played in the NFL, really. He was a first round draft pick(32nd) in 2004, but he was injured in the first game of the year, and done for the whole season. He did get the start along side Daniel Graham, and had 2 catches for 16 yards, before going down.

He was highly regarded coming out of college, He was regarded as "One of the premier tight ends in the country after a stellar junior campaign, Watson was hampered most of his final season with a nagging ankle injury … Fine athlete with tremendous quickness, boasting the fastest 40-yard dash (4.44) of any tight end in college football".


The fact that he will have to fight all those other guys in NE uniforms for catches I really can't see him being a Gates this year either. Good, yes. Gates, no. With having Watson and Graham, I think they will have a lot of 2 TE sets this year. How do you sit one of those guys???
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Postby Crimedogg32 » Wed Aug 03, 2005 2:42 am

Troupe has the best chance to be the next Gates this year
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Postby Santacruzer » Wed Aug 03, 2005 2:44 am

My money is on Chris Cooley ;-) shhhhh B-)
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Postby Azrael » Wed Aug 03, 2005 6:21 am

Crimedogg32 wrote:Troupe has the best chance to be the next Gates this year


If anyone can pull it off I think it'll be Troupe; the problem is Kinney is there too. I don't think there will be a Gates this year but there are a number of guys out there who could be quite productive who are being drafted low.
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Postby The_Commish » Wed Aug 03, 2005 8:44 am

Crimedogg32 wrote:Troupe has the best chance to be the next Gates this year


Though I don't think there will be another TE do what Gates did last year, Troupe would get my vote for the best possibility.
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Postby GreatestShowOnEarth » Wed Aug 03, 2005 9:58 am

i believe troupe has a serious injury to his leg or foot. So i would be relying on him too much!
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