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Old 05-18-2005   #21
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This is what AOL Sports has to say about him:

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All he does is catch touchdowns. An undrafted free agent in 2001, Rivers impressed the Giants with his size, work ethic, and good hands. In return, they've thrown him a few bones in the red zone. We like his potential as a pass-catcher, but he needs to improve on his blocking.
Sounds an awful lot like Billy Miller...

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Old 05-18-2005   #22
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Default marcellus rivers sign one year deal with texans

saw this on tv just now on espn news
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Maybe he can at least get open.

If we go with a two TE set, at least his hands will be better than Bruener's.
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I think this is about the best we could hope for, Franks seems like a knee jerk reaction, there is a reason he hasn't gotten looked at this offseason, either GB will retain him or match an offer or something about him.

Maybe someone's TE will fall out of favor. Jerrmay Stevens in seattle is always an option for that. I'm sorry but with this many lower body injuries i dont see Joppru being in the picture again. he will go on the IR AGAIN. He will be asked to re-struture his deal if he doesn't he will be cut.
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he cant be a worse blocker than billy, i mean billy is bad... so ill take rivers, even if he is just avg blocker. some kind of dual TE threat at least
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Texans | Rivers Signed - from www.KFFL.com
Wed, 18 May 2005 13:06:02 -0700

Updating an earlier story, the Associated Press reports the Houston Texans have signed free agent TE Marcellus Rivers (Giants) to an undisclosed contract.
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Wed, 18 May 2005 13:06:02 -0700

Updating an earlier story, the Associated Press reports the Houston Texans have signed free agent TE Marcellus Rivers (Giants) to an undisclosed contract.
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Carter just finished his profile. Looks like he is number 45 for now.

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I hope rivers will be a complete TE and not 1 sided. commenting on O.G. it looks as if he is in good shape. If we can work something out with him i think he would have a great season and be back to form.... just my specualtion
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what do miller and brueners' contracts look like, stacked up with rivers?

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We dont Need Stellar blocking but he has better size than miller who looks kinda short rivers is 6 5 i think miller is like 6 - 6'2...

Hopefully he can do well enough to be an all around tight end unless bruener's hands have undergone a metamorphsis.
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11th round? That's odd, considering the draft only has 7 rounds.
I know it sounds funny but 2001 was the last year they went 12 rounds. here is the link for Rivers selection- http://home.comcast.net/~kenbarrett/.../2001/rd11.htm

it looks funny (check out the names) because its early fantasy drafting, this stuff is classic

oops it was 1992 the last year the NFL draft was 12 rounds. this was strictly a fantasy draft. Riley was undrafted, but if they did have 12 rounds he would have been selected in the 11th just kidding

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His Texans bio has him as an undrafted FA signed by the Giants in 01
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PRO: Hard-nosed physical tight end who will challenge for a roster spot…signed by the Texans as an unrestricted free agent on 5/18/05 after spending his first four seasons with the Giants…has 27 career catches for 227 yards (8.4 avg.) and four TDs…can also boast 55 special teams tackles…originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent on 4/27/01.
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Looks to me to be a temporary type of player that they hope might work out better than expected.
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I just hope Marcellus doesn't leave our team to make a rap album.
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I think that his blocking improved quite a bit since he was in college.
I've seen Rivers play in a couple of games and his blocking looks decent. He's definitely a better blocker than Miller. He's not quite as fast as miller and his hands aren't as good. But, he is much faster than Bruener and his hands are quite better. Pat Kirwan had him rated the #2 TE available behind Cam Cleeland, but, I think Cleeland is as slow as Bruener. I think Cam's hands are better than Bruener's, but he can't block as well. So why would we want another slow TE ? I think out of the choices Rivers was the best choice for us. Unless they went after Bubba Franks, obviously. But, since they didn't sign him, hopefully they are saving that cap room to improve the line.

To tell you the truth, I think that Rivers is a better player right now that Joppru. Rivers has played four years already, and he's a decent red zone target, since 4 of his 27 catches were for touchdowns. 15% isn't too shabby. So he should give Carr another redzone target, wouldn't that be nice.

My predictions for Rivers 38 catches, 336 yards, 5 TDs

I hope I'm wrong and he does better than that.
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My predictions for Rivers 38 catches, 336 yards, 5 TDs
Honestly, I think that is just a bit too high. His last four years he doesn't even have those totals. I think that Rivers might get about 20 catches, 215 yards, and about 3 TD's. The Texans have some good WR's so I don't think that he will do that good.
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Would anybody like to see a 2 TE formation with Rivers and Miller... That should open up the middle of the field.
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"SCOUTING REPORT: The Texans were scrambling for tight end depth after losing Bennie Joppru for a third consecutive season and were fortunate to acquire Marcellus Rivers, who spent the past three seasons with the New York Giants. Rivers isn't likely to compete for a starting job, but he does give the team a proven blocker in the running game and decent receiver in the passing game. A solid showing during training camp could put Rivers in position for significant playing time in a rotation that figures to include Mark Bruener, Billy Miller and Matt Murphy." FOXSPORTS


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So its not just me that thinks, Rivers can block and catch, I don't know about you guys but, I like this guy a lot more that Joppru....Since I've already seen this guy play and he's a reliable weapon in the red zone. Plus he's got some NFL starts, where Joppru didn't even have an NFL snap.
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