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Handofdeath
04-20-2008, 06:43 PM
Here in Lubbock it is already known that Texas Tech has Crabtree for one more season. He was the Bilentikoff winner as a Freshman, the first ever to do so. He might be the best WR prospect since Jerry Rice. If you knew it would get you Crabtree, most likely the #1 selection next season, what would you being willing for the Bengals to do or go through to get him?

WMR
04-20-2008, 06:56 PM
Not sure if I'd take Crabtree over Rey Manumaleuma from USC. That kid is amazing.

GoReds33
04-20-2008, 08:26 PM
No I wouldn't. Crabtree isn't good enough to turn this team around, and honestly I'd still like to put my high picks into the defense. One way or the other, the WR position will sort itself out. I don't see that as being a weakness in the immediate future.

Joseph
04-20-2008, 08:44 PM
I've never even heard of him, so no. :)

WVRed
04-20-2008, 09:58 PM
I think I would aim for Sedrick Ellis this year, then James Laurianitis next.

Yachtzee
04-20-2008, 11:50 PM
No one player is worth a lousy season, especially not a WR. While a great WR can really open up an offense, I just don't think a WR is nearly as valuable as a QB or a top player on the DLine or LB. A great QB, DL, LB, or even RB can be a game changing force on their own. A WR has a hard time changing the game without a good QB throwing to him. As great as Jerry Rice was, I don't think he would have been nearly as great if he didn't have Joe Montana and Steve Young throwing the ball to him. And it's not so much a reflection on Jerry Rice as it is a requirement for the job that you need someone who can throw accurate passes and won't get you hurt or killed making you open yourself up by reaching for off-target throws over the middle.

NorrisHopper30
04-21-2008, 12:51 AM
I think I would aim for Sedrick Ellis this year, then James Laurianitis next.

I'd rather have a WR than Laurianitis, at least we have depth at LB (most were injured/out last year and people tend to forget that)

WVRed
04-21-2008, 08:22 AM
I'd rather have a WR than Laurianitis, at least we have depth at LB (most were injured/out last year and people tend to forget that)

Depth?

Pollack is coming back from a neck injury and there is still a great possibility he will never play again.

Thurman may or may not be reinstated by the league. Again, would you take that chance?

Landon Johnson is gone to Carolina. In his place we have Daryl Blackstock, who has never posted more than 17 tackles in a season.

Caleb Miller has never really proven anything.

Dhani Jones is a veteran journeyman player who likely will not be around after next season. Same with Lemar Marshall.

Our starting linebackers will likely be Ahmad Brooks, Rashad Jeanty, and Blackstock barring drafting one. We need depth in the worst kind of way.

CrackerJack
04-21-2008, 02:16 PM
Yeah the LB corps right now still looks bleak, about as unproven and bad as the safeties, d-line, and WR and RB corps.

This team's a mess, no idea how they improve from last year which was another step backwards. with Chad probably gone as well, I'm not really excited about the Bengals any longer, although I love watching Palmer play.

It's just hard to be optimistic.

LoganBuck
04-21-2008, 02:19 PM
By my count Thurman is a FA after this season or next, depending on his original contract, and whether last year counts.

Handofdeath
04-21-2008, 03:38 PM
I've never even heard of him, so no. :)

I don't know if you've heard, but they play football west of the Mississippi. Check it out sometime.;)

Joseph
04-21-2008, 03:44 PM
I don't know if you've heard, but they play football west of the Mississippi. Check it out sometime.;)

Its not a location thing, its a level thing. I'm not a huge college football guy. Hell I'd never heard of the quarterback at my own Alma Mater until he was arrested a couple weeks ago.

I watch like a half dozen or so games a year tops.

mostly I was just being silly in commenting at all. :)