Twitter-Sized Player Evaluations: QBs And WRs

Posted Jun 19, 2013

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During last year’s training camp we debuted a new piece of content that featured my evaluations of players, with those evaluations conforming to the character restrictions on Twitter. Now that we’ve been through 10 Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and 2 of 3 mini-camp practices, it’s a good time to dust off this feature and fine-tune it for training camp in 7 weeks.

Remember, to send a message via Twitter you must be pithy – 140 characters to be precise. Here we’ll go through each QB and WR on the roster and I’ll provide an opinion on each guy while staying with that 140-character limit.

McLeod Bethel-Thompson: Incredible arm strength and improved footwork. Wonder how he’ll look in games during preseason.

James Vandenberg: Undrafted rookie from Iowa and looks like it. But carries himself well, good cadence and looking forward to seeing him in training camp.

Christian Ponder: Sharp early in offseason program, responded well to adversity later. Trending up for sure & has talented group of pass catchers.

Matt Cassel: Stronger arm than I thought, good leader and huddle presence, will be a great help to Ponder in the classroom.

Erik Highsmith: Still raw, but plays bigger than listed height/weight and makes tough catches.

Stephen Burton: Biggest improvement of his career was from last season to now, and he is poised to challenge for a roster spot during this year’s camp.

Joe Webb: Improving at technical aspects of position quicker than even I expected. Does not stand out as a “newbie” and will have a great camp.

Greg Jennings: Right place, right time, every time. Better leaper than I thought, quicker than fast, great leader in WR room.

Jarius Wright: Carrying success from late last year to now well, clearly improved, should be a dynamic playmaker for offense.

Chris Summers: Another with good size/speed combo, high-points well and will fight in traffic for passes. Will watch route running at camp.

Adam Thielen: A sudden athlete who is quick enough for the NFL and makes tough catches in traffic. Excited to see him in camp.

Jerome Simpson: Now healthy, the explosion is back in his legs. Had a great offseason program and plays like he has a chip on the shoulder.

Rodney Smith: Flashed more frequently the past week and has great size/speed combo. Possession-type receiver.

Cordarrelle Patterson: Super-freak athleticism who will impact as returner immediately and will quickly refine WR skills.

Greg Childs: Working hard to get back to the action and determination is evident. Easy to root for him and excited about potential.

LaMark Brown: Faster than he looks, high-points football well, makes catches downfield in coverage.