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zgordo34


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the deal with all the love for Brandon Gibson? Did I miss the season where he did something? There are so many better options than this bum that hasn't done anything...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What is the deal with all the love for Brandon Gibson? Did I miss the season where he did something? There are so many better options than this bum that hasn't done anything...


gibson may turn out to be a better option if the Vikings cant land a top free agent WR, its not a given. Gibson is surely a better option than Stephen Burton, Devin Aromshodu or Michael Jenkins.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zgordo34 wrote:
What is the deal with all the love for Brandon Gibson? Did I miss the season where he did something? There are so many better options than this bum that hasn't done anything...


Gibson was ranked #21 among all WRs catching more than 50 passes by FootballOutsiders.com, ahead of:

Brandon Marshall
AJ Green
Steve Smith
Victor Cruz
Anquan Boldin
Brian Hartline
Percy Harvin
Stevie Johnson
Dwayne Bowe
Greg Jennings
DeSean Jackson
Mike Wallace
Larry Fitzgerald

So, in reality, he's a better receiver than you think he is.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gibson's game reminds of a poor man's Anquan Boldin.

He's an upside pickup that can play a roll (move the chains) and not break the bank.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

disaacs wrote:
zgordo34 wrote:
What is the deal with all the love for Brandon Gibson? Did I miss the season where he did something? There are so many better options than this bum that hasn't done anything...


Gibson was ranked #21 among all WRs catching more than 50 passes by FootballOutsiders.com, ahead of:

Brandon Marshall
AJ Green
Steve Smith
Victor Cruz
Anquan Boldin
Brian Hartline
Percy Harvin
Stevie Johnson
Dwayne Bowe
Greg Jennings
DeSean Jackson
Mike Wallace
Larry Fitzgerald

So, in reality, he's a better receiver than you think he is.


Would you take Gibson over any player on that list? I sure wouldn't. Those rankings don't really tell the whole story.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would take Gibson over Hartline, Bowe, and Wallace. The last two mainly because of the salary they would cost, and I don't feel they would be worth it.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I would take Gibson over Hartline, Bowe, and Wallace. The last two mainly because of the salary they would cost, and I don't feel they would be worth it.


Hartline is about the only one I would consider taking Gibson over. Yes, the others may cost more, but if you're talking talent and production, then Gibson doesn't hold a candle to Bowe and Wallace.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course not, but if you're talking about production vs. cost?

I'd much rather bring in Gibson, who had 8 less receptions on 30 less targets + two more touchdowns, than Bowe as he would likely cost a fourth as much.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are your thoughts on Donnie Avery?

I like him as an option, around Gibson's tier. injuries and inconsistency have killed him but he looked like a nice underneath receiver (in the Vikes game) and he has good down field speed. Might be another option, could be a cheap one year prove it type deal since he hasnt stayed healthy.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Avery is another guy who works best from the slot; I don't see him as an improvement on the outside.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Avery is another guy who works best from the slot; I don't see him as an improvement on the outside.


It might not be his best position, much like Brandon Gibson who is probably best suited inside as well, but Avery has flashed some ability on the outside. I do see him as an upgrade over the current outside receivers (though that isnt saying much). If he comes cheap and the team did move Harvin, its another option.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gibson is an outside receiver. Amendola held the slot, when healthy, in St. Louis.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Gibson is an outside receiver. Amendola held the slot, when healthy, in St. Louis.


Right, but Gibson's skills suggest he might work best in the slot. He isnt a particularly flashy player and has always been more of a possession type player.

Avery played in the slot a lot due to Wayne and Hilton getting a lot more looks on the outside.

I like Gibson more personally, but I think Avery does have a decent amount of physical ability to get consideration on the market in both roles.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I disagree on Gibson's skill set being a better fit on the inside, but that's personal opinion.

Avery has that blazing speed that everyone loves but he's got some injury knocks.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any interest in Steve Breaston?

I like him as a #2, an upgrade over Michael Jenkins and Jerome Simpson.
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