Originally Posted by StonetheCrow77
where did everyone get that Key will be the first receiving option?? when Glenn was healthy last year, he was the goto guy...
77, Terry will always be the 'go-to' guy in the sense that he is currently the only receiver here who can provide consistent impact stretching the field. Even if he doesn't get thrown to, he's the only accomplished receiver who can keep the Ds consistently honest. Witten and Key are good possession receivers and both may end up with more receptions, but the ypc, and what speed brings to the O, is another story. That little playcard that Bill carries during the game, after all, has GLENN bolded at the top, or so said Chris Collingsworth in 03. Bill has almost as big a crush on TG as I do - he's not going to ignore him.
But just as Bill ceaselessly maintains there is no such animal as a "Number 1 and Number 2" receiver on his team, so does the "go-to" label suffer. If the O plays out like it did for Tuna in NE in 96, Bledsoe will be looking for Jason or Key to keep the chains moving, but off the play action JJ provides, he'll be looking to TG often enough. That's how Bill used Glenn, Coates, and Curtis Martin in the AFC Championship year, and TG ended up with 90 receptions as a rookie.
I kind of doubt Bill will be having Bledsoe throw as much as that year (it was one year when Tuna's beloved run-pass ratio fell on the latter side), but then again even if DCs have managed to see thru a lot of what DB is, Terry is also a MUCH more complete receiver than he was back then, when Z routes were his staple...those years he was forced into possession receiver duties did a lot for his game, his hands are still the benchmark in today's game and he runs precise routes..so I expect he'll be involved enough that once again Bill will be concerned about "resting him".