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Old 06-20-2005   #1
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Gaffney Might Miss Start of Training Camp

Fourth-year wide receiver Jabar Gaffney has quietly stayed on the sidelines during offseason workouts, recovering from surgery on his left shoulder. According to a report in Thursday's Houston Chronicle, Gaffney's absence from on-field work may continue into the onset of training camp, scheduled to begin on July 29.

Gaffney waited until just two months ago to have the surgery performed to repair some damage to his rotator cuff. He told the paper that it was something he had originally hoped would heal on its own.

Gaffney played through part of the 2004 season with the injury, though a hard fall on the shoulder in the finale against the Browns intensified the pain. Gaffney elected to have the surgery, fearing that a good hit to the shoulder could cause him to miss significant playing time this fall.

The absence from offseason workouts is poor timing for Gaffney. The Texans have installed major changes to their passing attack, and competition at the wide receiver position is as tough as it has been since the inception of the franchise. With Corey Bradford re-signed and Derick Armstrong returning, Gaffney will also have to fight second-year receiver Kendrick Starling and rookie Jerome Mathis for playing time once he has fully healed.
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He'll be back by the start of regular season, no need to worry.

On a positive note, this gives other players some good quality playing time (ie-Armstrong, Mathis, Starling, Thomas).
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He'll be back by the start of regular season, no need to worry.

On a positive note, this gives other players some good quality playing time (ie-Armstrong, Mathis, Starling, Thomas).
Very good point. Hopefully it will help Mathis learn the offense a little better, and give guys like Starling & Thomas more time catching balls from Carr.
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Hopefully this will speed up the Mathis to number 2 process
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Hopefully this will speed up the Mathis to number 2 process
He probably has gotten more time practicing as the number 2 wide reciever which I think will help him speed up the process of becoming a future number 2, like you said.
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This spot is really going to be fun to monitor during training camp. Lots of solid young talent will have a realistic shot at a WR spot on the Texans roster. The Gaffney injury is not what I'd call good news, but the prospect of some of those younger guys getting some extra reps definitely makes me feel better about it.
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One thing that sux is that Gaff is missing out on all the timing patterns we've installed. He's gonna be eons behind when he comes back.
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This was up over at Fox

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The way Jabar Gaffney ended last season, it seemed a guarantee that he would unseat Corey Bradford as the No. 2 receiver behind Andre Johnson. In one-on-one coverage, he almost always converted a first down. But surgery two months ago to repair the rotator cuff on his left shoulder may force Gaffney to miss the beginning of training camp. Even though Bradford has had one of his best offseasons in four years, the Texans have reason to be concerned about how quickly Gaffney can return. They must have more than one threatening receiver to help take pressure and attention away from Johnson. Inexperience abounds behind Gaffney on the depth chart. . . .

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If anyone is filling in for Gaffney IMO it's going to be Armstrong a majority of the time over anyone else. He and gaffney are virtually the same kind of receiver. They are both hands guys and somebody you wnat on the field to sit in the soft zone and play catch with to offset your long ball threats like AJ, Bradford, Starling and Mathis.

Depth Chart - Counting a healthy Gaffney Honestly I see Mathis as #6 - nowhere close to being the #2 guy. He's got speed i'll give him that, but IMO he has a lot to learn before he can put the talent to use on the field. Starling is just as fast IMO and has a year in the system - which puts him behind Bradford at the speed receiver position and Mathis would sit behind Starling.

AJ
Gaffney
Bradford
Armstrong
Starling
Mathis

We also have a few other receivers in camp too like

Kevin Kaspar
Devin Pitts
Sloan Thomas
Dunbar, LaTarence

We also sent these guys to NFLE

Nick Narcisse
Allen Suber
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Depth Chart - Counting a healthy Gaffney Honestly I see Mathis as #6 - nowhere close to being the #2 guy. He's got speed i'll give him that, but IMO he has a lot to learn before he can put the talent to use on the field. Starling is just as fast IMO and has a year in the system - which puts him behind Bradford at the speed receiver position and Mathis would sit behind Starling.

Agreed... this is what Coach Capers means by competition at ALL positions. This fact is going to make us a better team.

I have Mathis anywhere from #4 to #6 because just like a pitcher with a 95 mile an hour fastball, it is useless without control. The rule is the same for a rookie wide receiver that has speed, unknown skills and no NFL experience.
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I have Mathis anywhere from #4 to #6 because just like a pitcher with a 95 mile an hour fastball, it is useless without control. The rule is the same for a rookie wide receiver that has speed, unknown skills and no NFL experience.
Right. And what's gonna happen the first time D-Rob pops him real good in
a scrimmage after they finally put the pads on - his experience up to now
has been at Podunk U. back east. He knows nothing of being defended by
a real bad as* corner with an attitude who is an excellent athlete who can run with him. I dunno....so far just another track guy that needs to prove he's something more than that.
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Damn, I was thinking the same thing about the contact aspect of the game after I sent my post.

With a rookie, you just don't know how Mathis is going to react after getting one of those "welcome to the NFL" highlight hits.

Maybe Dunta and P. Buc will educate him about the speed in the NFL by mid season... but that is light years from now.
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