Friday, March 27, 2009

Competition for the 3rd Wide Receiver slot

While the competition for a 3rd Wide Receiver is between Malcolm Kelly, Devin Thomas, and James Thrash, the lack of consistency on the field for both Kelly and Thomas could make this competition less relevant. Then again, both Kelly and Thomas are entering their second season in the League, so things could change quickly according to Jason La Canfora from the Washington Post.

"Kelly was drafted with this slot in mind; he was to be a big, chain-moving wide receiver who could make things happen in the red zone. Although some members of the medical staff advised against taking Kelly because of his knee issues, he was drafted and continues to have problems. He is coming off another knee surgery now and hasn't been cleared to take part in the offseason program. Getting a late start again won't help Kelly and it's difficult to imagine the knee concerns not hanging over him for a while."

As for Thomas, its seems like character issues was the main problem such as not showing up for voluntary off season work last week, but he could easily fix his problems unlike Kelly.

"If he does get on the field more often, he would not be a traditional No. 3, as Antwaan Randle El would move back to the slot. Thomas is a speed guy, an outside burner in the mold of Brandon Lloyd. He is a vertical threat to stretch things, open it up underneath, take some heat off Santana Moss as the only real deep guy on the roster."

Well, this team was nearly dead last in offense last year and the development of these second year wide outs has to develop quickly to ease pressure off Clinton Portis, Chris Cooley, and Santana Moss, and also have a productive offense as well. Lets hope that these two second round draft picks will pay off in 2009.

Position Battle: No. 3.. Wide Receiver

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