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Railbird Central Podcast: What Happens at Wide Receiver Without Jared Abbrederis

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Railbird Central Podcast: What Happens at Wide Receiver Without Jared Abbrederis

Episode 426

On a busy Monday, there's plenty to discuss on Railbird Central. We bring in our own live blog director Jayme Snowden to discuss the news that Brett Favre will have his jersey retired and be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. We also discuss the fallout from the Jared Abbrederis injury, after it was learned he would be lost for the season with a torn ACL. There's also a recap of Saturday's Family Night event and our continuing position-by-position preview series continuing with the linebackers...


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DraftHobbyist's picture

I couldn't agree more about Abby. I can't believe the people trying to put a positive spin on this. The injury sucks for the team and the player. You never want players that are going to make the team to get hurt, and Abby was obviously going to make the team.

I do disagree with the idea that Abby could only be a 5th. Why can't he have become a 4th? I know Adams was drafted higher but Abby was performing better up to his injury. Then you take into considerations ST's (not just in returning but also in coverage) and remember that if teams have 5 good WR's they can go 5 wide, and all of a sudden it looks like a worse loss. You can't look at what the 5th WR usually gives because the better that 5th WR is the more he will get used.

Evan's picture

I don't think it was "obvious" he was going to make the team. Before camp started I would have bet he would, but then Harper and Dorsey showed up to play and are having nice camps too (Harper has been on most #1 ST units, I believe, which is telling).

Basically I saw Abby, Harper, White and Dorsey battling for the #6 spot (which I do think they'll keep). And Sheppard has made a nice first impression too.

Nelson, Cobb, Boykin, Adams, Janis were all but locks, imo (most would disagree about Janis, I imagine).

DraftHobbyist's picture

I would definitely disagree about Janis. The guy didn't even practice before Abby got hurt. Harper has been having a horrible camp dropping almost everything that touches his hands. White has been better than Dorsey at WR, but he sucks at ST's. Dorsey has been better at ST's (although just how much better has yet to be determined) but hasn't showed what others have at WR. Abby had it all. IMO, Harper had no chance at beating Abby out. I stand by my "Abby was a lock" argument and might have even been our #4.

DraftHobbyist's picture

Is Barclay not fit for the NFL because he has an ACL injury? And wasn't Abby's even a non-contact ACL? That can happen to anybody. I am perfectly willing to admit that Abby needs to put on weight (although he'll always be small because he has a small frame), but there is no reason he couldn't challenge for the #4 spot this year. Why can't he compete with Adams when he was out-practicing Adams?

DraftHobbyist's picture

An ACL injury does not help players!!! WOW!!! You realize how debilitating an ACL injury is, right? He will now have a higher likelihood of injuring his ACL in the future, he will have to spend more time on rehab over getting valuable in-game experience, etc. He's not going to get faster coming off an ACL injury. I've said over and over that Abby has outperformed Adams in practice up to the injury. Do you deny that? If you don't deny it then Abby was fighting to be a #4.

As for the days of the Packers using 5 WR's being over, that's not true at all. MM will do anything to use his personnel. Remember the multiple FB sets when we carried 3 FB's? And what's to say Abby couldn't get in on the 4 WR sets? We might have better a better RB but we have worse TE's.

You are very black and white in your thinking, and that's why you're wrong so often. You make all these black and white claims of how Abby can't play anything but the slot and how he'll always be behind Cobb. So are you saying that Cobb will always be in the slot? MM uses WR's in all spots even if their body type isn't prototypical.

You also say that he needs to "triple" his upper body strength. What does that even mean? So if he could bench 250 lbs he needs to come back and bench 750 lbs?

All-in-all, Abby was a lock. Maybe you didn't know it, but some of us knew it.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

Stroh, I agree with some of what you said here, but disagree with your over all assessment of Abbrederis. I think he's a much better receiver, than you give him credit for. I can't say I didn't see an injury coming, but at the same time, I felt barring an injury, he would have been at least #4 this year, & maybe #3. He has the ability to be a Great Wide Receiver, & I believe time will bear that out. I also agree that a year of conditioning will do him a world of good, but that's true for anyone. Yeah, I'd like to see a little more bulk on Abrederis, but he's a Damn Good Receiver just the way he is. I think you Under Estimate him. GB didn't draft him, because he wasn't any good. I believe he will make GB fans happy before he is through, Even You!!.

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