It seems Patrick Turner has been turning heads this year in training camp. Now I would find that information pleasing had I not heard it before the previous year. If you remember, Turner was also turning heads last off-season, but he didn't manage to get on the field during preseason, let alone when the games counted. One minute you hear Turner is making great catches in practice, and then the next minute he's getting jammed up the line by Nate Jones (who is 5'10" 185lbs soaking wet). His play (or lack thereof) and his lack of versatility is what earned him a spot on the inactive list every Sunday.
Besides his inability to learn and play all 3 receiving spots, Turner also isn't much of a special teamer. The only time the FO would think it's okay for a player not to be on special teams, is when your a starter. With Brandon Marshall and Brian Hartline taking first teams reps, Turner is far from starter.
- Marshall? Possession receiver (an elite one at that)
- Hartline? Possession receiver
- Bess? Possession receiver
- Camarillo? Well you get the point
So we have 4 possession receivers that are locks to make the roster. Adding another possession receiver in Turner wouldn't bring much of a new dynamic to the core. This regime is big on versatility and now we need it more than ever with injuries to Kory Sheets and Patrick Cobbs. For that 5th receiver spot we need to look more towards guys like Taurus Johnson, Julius Pruitt, and Marlon Moore. Not only do they provide a new dynamic to the receiving game, but they also provide versatility as return men. As much as I want to see Turner succeed, I just don't see where he fits in this receiving core.