Carroll: Offseason Outlook for WRs
So instead we move to the returning wide receivers. Because there are so many, we'll do half this week and half next week. There's no real method - I made a list of keepers and took the evens this week. WRs are the sports cars of the NFL, very tightly wound and liable to have problems at the extremities. These days, it seems that wide receiver is too broad a description. We have "hands" WRs and "speed" WR. The possession guys with big bodies, work in some offenses while those speed guys work almost anywhere, as long as they can keep their hamstrings from coming unstrung. How they play, or rather how they're expected to play, factors into how they're affected by injury, so keep a close eye on this. I fully expect this type of specialization to continue to crystallize over the next couple years.
Steve Smith - Is it a positive that he overcame the early season hamstring trouble to have a good season or is it a negative that he had the hamstring issues at all? Smith gets the positives and the negatives here, plus another year of age. Speed receivers with a history of leg problems don't age well. I'm not sure if 2007 is the year he loses that step, but it's coming.
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