Posted by livemike on 1/15/2012 10:34:00 PM (view original):
Posted by willgibson on 1/15/2012 10:23:00 PM (view original):I meant to say Thomas looks like he'll only get better.
Posted by livemike on 1/15/2012 9:44:00 PM (view original):Guaranteed growth based on how he looks? lol Let me give you the number of my broker -- he'll have all kinds of **** to sell to you, all with much gaudier numbers than Tebow.
I'd guess Demaryius Thomas dropped 2 a game by himself. But like Tebow this was basically his rookie season and he looks like a kid that will only get better.
Josh Freeman "looked" a lot better than Tebow in his rookie year and regressed badly this year, livemike. Part of that might have been schedule. Another part might be having defensive coordinators having a little more familiarity with him and building their schemes and game plans accordingly. And Tebow looks a lot more limited than Freeman IMHO.
But yah, I think Tebow will improve. He's a superior athlete with great work ethic so I don't think it's a stretch to expect improvement. With his current physical style I don't think he has to improve much on the passing side. Bigger question for me would be how long can he last with the physical style because I think it's unlikely he'll improve enough as a passer to make up for the lack of running threat.
Yeah, Thomas looks like he's going to be a star.
Tebow showed he could perform at the NFL at times but was dreadful more other than not. I don't doubt his work ethic, which is admirable, or his ability to command a huddle. But there's a significant gap between where his skills are compared to the rest of his cohort (Bradford, Stafford, Freeman, Newton, etc.) or even some of the guys coming out in the next couple of years (Luck, Barkley, RG3).
While it's not impossible to bridge that gap, it also doesn't necessarily follow that high character people who work hard are necessarily going to make those improvements, particularly at the age of 24. As I said, defensive coordinators will adjust and the Broncos will play a much tougher schedule in 2012. I don't expect JT to see this or MIkeT to acknowledge any of these points, but I hope you don't dismiss this as "hate" or quote his Pop Warner stats to me.