"Looking for fast receiver able to stretch the field and exploit single coverage. Experience a plus, but not necessary. Must be able to catch the ball. Return experience also a plus."
When Ted Ginn was traded, the Fins lost their legitimate deep threat. Sure, Brandon Marshall can use his size to get the bomb from Henne, and Hartline can sneak past a corner occasionally. But behind them, not much else in the way of speed. Candidates for the speedy receiver role?
Marlon Moore. Undrafted this year. Experience returning kicks at Fresno State. Looks fast on film. Don't know much else about him.
Julius Pruitt. Brings the full physical package (size and speed). Sparano apparently likes this kid. Again, don't know much else.
Roberto Wallace: Big and fast, but doesn't have natural receving hands (dropsies).
And the winner is...
-1: Pat White is fast and dangerous in the open field. Go back and watch his West Virginia highlights. He's an elusive open-field runner; had almost as many yards running as he did passing. Even though it doesn't mean a whole lot, he had the fastest 40 time for quarterbacks at the 09 combine (4.55)
-2: Reports say White's added 18 pounds of muscle and dropped body fat. That means he's working and trying to avoid another Ike Taylor moment. Plus, he'd be bigger for a small receiver. 200 lbs (or whatever he weighs now) would be no fun to bring down in the open field.
-3: Brandon Marshall. The man forces coverage to his side, leaving (most of the time) single coverage on the other receiver. Have Marshall and Bess/Hartline on the other, with White working out of the slot, and he'd be (again, theoretically) able to split the defense and get big YAC.
-4: The WildPat. Maybe this is being looked at wrong. Instead of splitting Henne out wide, split White out wide. That way, that reverse pass can come into play, and if it's botched, White could get away from the pressure.
Now I'll be honest. I don't expect this to happen, but it would be very, very nice if it did. Let me hear your thoughts, responses and insults in the comments section!