One of the issues the Falcons face is the fact that Vick has no reliable receiving option besides Crumpler. You look at every successful QB in NFL history, and he had a go-to receiver that he could rely on in the tough situations. A guy that when he was in trouble, he could throw it up and be confident that his guy would catch it.
Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalas are the go to guys on their respected teams. I'm assuming when you say tough situation, you mean a third and long in the dying minutes to keep a drive going... the "Crump' Truck fits the bill.
As for the other greats who had the go to wide outs, part of it was the quarterback. He would throw it up accurately, giving his man more of a chance to get it, rather than to far behind, too far in general and so on.
The Falcons used #1s on Jenkins and White, and thus far it doesn't look like it's working out
That's very premature in my opinion. As far as I'm concerned, they are both rookies and they don't look that bad. After 3 or 4 years if things don't change with them I will share your opinion, but anything before that is well, just pure speculation.
but neither look like they have the seemingly telepathic connection with Vick that he shares with Crumpler, and other QBs share with their #1 receivers.
Again, it's early. Vick and Crump have been together a lot longer than Rowdy and Jenkins have been seeing first team reps. As for Burress connecting with Manning, he should. He's a 5 year vet....
THe Falcons have missed opportunities on other receivers, mostly because those players carried extra baggage that the coaching staff/front office/ownership wanted to avoid (Burress is no exception).
And that's okay with me. Give me character guys who have never ending motors over more talented a-holes wh won't gel with the rest of the team.
[quote=Pudge"]Will the Falcons ever get their man at WR? I really have no evidence to say yes or no. But it doesn't bode well for us since McKay was NEVER able to get that player in Tampa Bay without giving up two 1st round picks for him. That guy was Keyshawn Johnson[/quote]
We may have two right now. we'll have to wait and see as we build
The Falcons may have the chance to pursue Reggie Wayne after this season.
We won't and you can thank Peerless for that.
Some stats from your boys mentioned above:
Terrell Owens' rookie year - 35 catches for 520 yards and 4 td's with the most accurate passer in history (statistically) Steve Young throwing it to him. And oh yeah, the 9ers were pretty good back then as well.
Plaxico Burress' rookie year - 22 catches for 273 yards and no td's on a pretty good team.
Chad Johnson's rookie year - 28 catches for 329 yards and 1 td.
Hines Ward rookie year - 15 catches for 246 yards and no td's.
Michael Jenkins on pace for 34 catches for 568 yards and 2 td's on the number one rushing team in the NFL.