with respect to your opinion, thats all speculation. Roddy could be the second coming of T.O. (who had 35 catches, 520 yards, and 4 tds in 16 games his rookie year) for all we know at this point.
That too is speculation. If he develops into that type of player, hooray for us. But I'm not going to put that type of expectations on him. He and Jenkins IMO are two No. 2 wideouts that can be "No. 1s" by default if the void is there. Examples of similar types of receivers around the league are: Plaxico Burress, Terry Glenn, Eddie Kennison, Antonio Bryant, Muhsin Muhammad.
I saw many draft reports that mentioned him with the likes of Chad Johnson, Lavernous Coles, and other big name receivers.
I didn't see those same draft reports.
By the offense this team runs, we don't necessarily need a Chad Johnson-caliber player to be successful. We are going to run the ball as much if not more than every team in the league, so we don't need a guy that is going to be able to haul in 100 passes and score 15 TDs. Would it be nice to have? Defintiely, but not necessary. What we do however need is a player that can be a threat on the outside that can keep defenses honest. A guy or a pair that are capable of making plays down the field, and also coming up with the much needed grab on 3rd and 7. Someone(s) that can make opposing defensive coordinators think twice about committing an 8th or 9th player into the box.
It may be an argument of semantics when it comes to determining who and what is a No. 1 receiver. I think there is a difference between a true No. 1 guy and someone that is your go-to guy. I would argue that in a given season or group of seasons in the NFL there are no more than 15-20 players that are true No. 1 receivers. But almost every team has a go-to guy. Some teams are lucky enough to have more than one player that would fit either bill. Terance Mathis in his prime IMO was an example of the latter, not a true No. 1 receiver. A No. 1 is a guy that a defense practically has no alternative but to try and double team, because there's only a handful of corners around that can match up with him one-on-one.
IMO, Roddy White does not have that sort of upside. But could be the go-to guy for this team? Certainly, and I hope he is. Could Jenkins be that player? Yes, but again, I don't see him being the type of player that is considered a No. 1 by my standards.
It's a wait n' see situation, but again I don't have these huge expectations for these players this year. They are working with Vick, so they should be significantly better than they were last year. But will it show on the stats sheets? I'm not sure. Back in '98, Martin and Mathis combined for 130 catches and about 2300 yards and 17 TDs. In terms of yardage and TDs, only a few duos in the league were in the same class (Rod Smith-McCaffrey, Moss-Carter, Keyshawn-Chrebet among them). I think down the road we could see that type of production from Jenkins-Roddy, but not so soon.
I think for either of our receivers to have that sort of impact, whether its on the stat sheets or on the actual field, they would have to play in a different offense with a different QB than Vick. Even if we had a receiver as good as CJ or TO, they would at best be the third option in our offense, because we are a running football team. As long as Vick is healthy we're going to run the football. As long as our defense is somewhat competitive, we're going to run the football. You might think of Hines Ward as a good reciever on a running football team. If you look at Ward's production when Pittsburgh was running their offense over the past 5 years, which means they were running the ball at least 55% of the time, you see this yearly average:
81 catches, 994 yards, 12.3 avg, and 6 TDs
But when they weren't running their offense, meaning they were passing the ball at least 50% of the time, his production swelled significantly:
104 catches, 1246 yards, 12.0 avg, 11 TDs
If Jenks or Roddy had an 80-catch, 1000-yard season, that would be magnificent. But I don't think either player is as good as Ward is. Could they have that type of production/impact? Of course. But I don't think it would be their average.
My point is not to say I think Roddy or Jenks stinks or that they won't be able to fill the role I outlined above of being the go-to guy for this team. But being the type of receiver that is widely considered to be among the best in the league like a Owens, Chad Johnson, Marvin Harrison, Steve Smith, etc. I don't think is in their future. You don't reach that status catching 60 passes a year, which IMO is what they most likely will be doing throughout their careers if they remain in Atlanta with Mora, Knapp, and Vick as their supporting cast.