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We will need a receiver like Shaq Roland on the field. All of our starting wr's are great, but if we don't have one big man on the field, it will be hard to develop a true passing game like we have in the past. Yea, they've been running wild the past three games, but all three of those teams are bad. We need a wide receiver that can go up and get a jump ball (like Alshon). Plus, it would add to our gigantic tight ends.
Shaq Roland is 6 foot.
He's 6'1which is taller than 5'8 & 5'9
Roland is still getting comfortable with the offense and first couple of games has gotten settled. As long as he is running the correct routes, can be trusted and is catching the ball, he'll continue to get more playing time.
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that equals "big man on the field?"
no. Fail. Just delete the OP. You know you want to. Happens to everyone
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He is a bigger receiver than Byrd, Sanders and Ellington, so yes, that would make him the big guy on the field. How did you manage to screw that up?
SEC - Iron sharpens iron.
In arguing over whether a 6'1" Shaq Roland is a "big receiver" or not I think you're missing the point the OP is making. While 6'1" is definitely not considered big for a receiver these days, it seems as though Roland "plays big" in terms of his ability to go get the football using his leaping ability and body control. The coaches and our insiders have referenced his uncanny ability to time jumps and maneuver his body in space, allowing him to come down with jump balls and contested passes. That said, I think he will indeed develop into the "big receiver" that all good teams need in terms of jump-ball and downfield play-making ability.
Finally....glad there is other intelligent life on this board.
These are the same defenses that you think justifies DT getting the start this weekend.
Someone failed reading comprehension. If you would've read "why" I thought DT should start, you would know it has nothing to do with any of those teams defenses.
Here are my points.
Shaq has great timing and good speed, as he becomes more comfortable he will be very fluid. He is not a go up and get it receiver, he is not physically gifted in the way Alshon is. He is not Alshon. You should get out of that mindset.
You said that in order to compete in the SEC we would need "one big man on the field."
You did not say we would need a "bigger receiver than Byrd, Sanders and Ellington."
I understand where the confusion could have taken place, but that's why I referenced Alshon. Meaning, a "go to" guy.
He's not Alshons height but he most certainly has the ability to go up and get a ball. He may be a more physically gifted athlete than alshon.
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Physically gifted but not physical. Shaq looks more like Jabar Gaffney or Kenny. He is not a receiver like Alshon or Rice where you throw it up and let them come down with it in traffic.
U must be confused. S Roland is certainly a go up and get it WR. The kid can jump thru the roof. No he isn't Alshon, nobody is. But he certainly will be our jump ball WR in no time, esp in the red zone. What exactly is your point?
You can't ask him to be the physical receiver that Alshon and Rice were for us. The type that if it were in their general area code they could muscle the DB off to get it.
That's my point. You ignore the teams that DT got his stats on, yet you use it here to justify your opinion.
Roland will be great, but you're right, he will never be the receiver Alshon nor Rice were. Why? Because even though they're small, Roland is also surrounded with a talented group at that position. Something we've never really had before. Also, we've never been so talented and depth wise at TE, which will take pressure off of our wr's.
I saw him walking with Kwinton Smith the other day in the hall, and they were within an inch of the same height. I don't know if Kwinton is shorter than listed, or Shaq is taller, but I think Shaq is taller. I would say Shaq is around 6'2". We do need for him to hurry up and get acclimated. We can't just force him on the field when he is not ready, though. I think KJ Brent should be playing more also.
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
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