Gaff might miss start of TC

Discussion in 'Texans Talk' started by Davis37, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. Davis37

    Davis37 All Pro

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2005
    Messages:
    507
    Likes Received:
    1
    www.houstonprofootball.com

    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.
     
  2. TEXANS84

    TEXANS84 Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2004
    Messages:
    7,479
    Likes Received:
    365
    Location:
    The Woodlands, TX
    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).
     
  3. texasguy346

    texasguy346 Mod Squad

    Joined:
    May 24, 2004
    Messages:
    7,105
    Likes Received:
    341
    Location:
    Deer Park, TX
    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.
     
  4. YodAa

    YodAa All Pro

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2005
    Messages:
    915
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Houston,TX
    Hopefully this will speed up the Mathis to number 2 process
     
  5. TexanFan881

    TexanFan881 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2005
    Messages:
    2,807
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    Illinois
    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.
     
  6. TexanExile

    TexanExile A New Hope

    Joined:
    May 1, 2004
    Messages:
    1,619
    Likes Received:
    90
    Location:
    Tennessee
    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.
     
  7. Big B Texan Fan

    Big B Texan Fan Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2005
    Messages:
    1,098
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    Spring TX
    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.
     
  8. U4ikrob

    U4ikrob Guitar Junky

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2005
    Messages:
    428
    Likes Received:
    16
    This was up over at Fox

    ************
    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. . . .

    ********************************************

    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
     
  9. Vambo, the Marble Eye

    Vambo, the Marble Eye Veteran

    Joined:
    May 4, 2005
    Messages:
    174
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Houston Texas
    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.
     
  10. nunusguy

    nunusguy Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2004
    Messages:
    8,991
    Likes Received:
    244
    Location:
    Houston
    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.
     
  11. Vambo, the Marble Eye

    Vambo, the Marble Eye Veteran

    Joined:
    May 4, 2005
    Messages:
    174
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Houston Texas
    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.
     

Share This Page