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His name is Eric Weems folks. Here are a few tidbits about him:

-One of my favorite current Falcons

-Most explosive player on the team (outside of Wildwood)

-Undrafted free agent brought in by McKay and Quitrino in 2007

-From small Division 2 school (Bethune Cookman)

-5'9" 194 lbs, quick, strong and fast.

-Can run, catch and tackle

-Can play WR, RB, QB, KR or PR

-Played QB in high school

-From Smitty's hometown. He's known him since high school.

-Only 25 years old

-Excellent attitude and demeanor

-Never missed a game due to injury

-Asked to start at WR against PIT in 2010. Caught 4 balls.

-Never dropped a pass. Targeted 13 times. Caught 13 balls.

-Already has more TD receptions than HD83 and Meier combined

-Has already broken many players' ankles

-Will leave your jock strap on the field

-Pro Bowl returner

-Led team in special teams tackles

-Can hit. Ask Reggie Bush

-Free agent, so bring him on home TD

We could hit him with shovel passes, slip screens, wildcat runs, bubble screens, slants, reverses, drags and fly patterns and get him in open space where he virtually becomes a returner

CHECK HIM OUT

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I like Weems myself too. I was a little skeptical of his return skills at first but I love his toughness and how big he plays. He may not have the natural return skills like Hester, but I am fine with him as our returner.

I still would like to see him fair catch the short punts sometimes instead of letting it bounce, and potentially letting field position go against us.

I mean, Smith has said this offseason that they want to get Weems more involved in the offense next year but we will see if that is actually true or not when the time comes...

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I see two problems:

  1. There's only one football.
  2. Mike Mularkey is calling the plays.

The occasional play designed just for Weems is fine (even though MM telegraphs every special play by actually calling the new player's number every time they are inserted), but there is still a need for solid #2 receiver to compliment White on every down.

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I agree. Weems is one of my favorite players to watch. I don't know what's keeping him off the field as a WR, maybe his height but he's always been reliable. I think it was '09, he had 6 catches and 2 of them were TD's. I'd like to see us use him the way Minny uses Harvin. Come out with a 5 WR set to spread the defense out and get them in a nickel packages and then motion Weems into the backfield and run the ball with him. He's a weapon that we've failed to utilize on offense. And I didn't know he played QB in highschool. That's another threat that he would posses.

+1 (Edit: Wow, I gave you a plus 1 and some little ***** negged it away. And I'm sure they'll neg me for calling them on it lol.)

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I like Weems for his toughness and feistiness, but he doesn't have great lateral agility. That's why he's more of a classic kick returner than punt returner (though he did improve there this year.) At his size, he needs a lot of jukes to get open, and that's not his strength. His strength is actually strength and being hardnosed and running north south.

If he had much lateral agility I'd be screaming the same thing as you, because I hate when "opportunities" are left on the bench when help is needed...but I'd be highly surprised if he could make it as a WR. It'd be a really pleasant surprise, but one I'd not bet for, even at 10/1 odds.

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One small correction he was not the returner in the pro bowl.

He was in the pro bowl as a special teams player. He did not return a single punt or KO.

Yeah, a few announcers called him a Pro Bowl returner, while he put up the stats to qualify IMO he was voted in as a specialist. A coverage guy more than anything.

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I think Weems is quicker then fast or explosive (not saying he is not explosive at all) ...

IDK why we havnt used him... I dont think he is the explosive guy that we have been missing butt i do think he can be used for his strengths (screens or what not... get him in space) ... We have to learn to use all of our weapons.

I remember HD saying that we have plays in the playbook for he and weems are in the back field....I only saw Mularkey call it once.

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if weems was the answer at WR, we would have seen him by now....

We have seen him. 13 targets. 13 catches. Started in the PIT game last year. Caught 4 balls. Has twice as many receiving TDs as HD83. Has many explosive plays on reverses.

Smitty has said recently that they plan to integrate him into the offense more. I think he and I are on the same page when it comes to Weems.

By the way shouldn't you be in a draft forum somewhere working on your 109th mock draft? I certainly understand how a topic like this could threaten one of your fantasy WR picks.

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We have seen him. 13 targets. 13 catches. Started in the PIT game last year. Caught 4 balls. Has twice as many receiving TDs as HD83. Has many explosive plays on reverses.

Smitty has said recently that they plan to integrate him into the offense more. I think he and I are on the same page when it comes to Weems.

By the way shouldn't you be in a draft forum somewhere working on your 109th mock draft? I certainly understand how a topic like this could threaten one of your fantasy WR picks.

ouch....you wounded me FFS1970.....a mortal blow

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I think too much is being made about finding "explosive players". An explosive offense is all about putting players in position to catch the ball in space to allow them to make a play after the catch. It takes the proper play design and a QB that can anticipate breaks and throw an accurate ball. That is what the Colts, Packers, Patriots, and Saints do so well. Its the play design and QB that make an explosive passing offense. The QB has to deliver an accurate throw so that the WR doesn't have to break stride. Guys like Rodgers and Brees make it look so easy that people simply think its all about the WRs. WRs appear to be very explosive and wide open when QBs deliver an accurately placed ball. However, a poorly placed ball will result in an incompletion, interception or marginal gain. These two are probably the most accurate QBs in the NFL.

All of this seems to have been brought up after the debacle against Green Bay. If you really look at it, the Packers WRs aren't speedsters. All of them are 4.5 and 4.6 guys. However, Rodgers throws WRs open by placing the bull in perfect position for them to make a play on it. McCarthy designs good plays that gets guys open in space so that Rodgers can quickly hit them with the ball and they can run after they catch it. You can draft explosive guys all you want but unless you use those guys the right way it won't work. The Packers don't draft a bunch of speedster guys in the 1st round. The Packers don't have a single skill position player on offense that was a 1st round pick. Their fastest guy is Jennings and he doesn't really have elite speed. He is like a mid 4.4 guy. You don't need a bunch of sub 4.4 guys to have an explosive.

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Unless I'm counting wrong, HD has 2 receiving TDs (and a rushing TD). Weems has 2 receiving TDs.

I do like Weems though as a #5 receiver.

Weems has more total touchdowns and has helped us win at least 2 games. Tampa Bay and the first Green Bay game with his returns. He's been much, much, much more valuable than Harry Douglas in every aspect of the game.

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Weems is a weapon.... but he is not "that guy" ... I do think he is a weapon Mularkey needs to work in our offense... screens, reverse... Just get himin space sometimes.

But he is not some huge unknown WR... We can def use him tho

Also comparing him and HD is crazy.... even comparing there TD's... HD missed a year and payed a year recovering... We dont need to do all that to try to prove a point...

Lets just say... We need to work the guy in the offense some.

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This I will say about Eric Weems as a WR:

- He is not afraid to go over the middle, make a catch, take a hit, and hang on to the football

- He can actually catch the ball

- He is a pretty good blocker as well

Not exactly a HOF'er, but definitely a role player. He could be infused into the lineup as a situational option

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Weems certainly flew under my radar until last year.

He was solid but nothing special. I wondered what was up

when they kept trotting him out there. Then wham! He came

into his own and could well see more time at receiver.

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