Heading into this period of free agency, Colts fans have been consistently tossed three names with regard to upgrading the offense - Dwayne Bowe, Greg Jennings, Mike Wallace. When looking at our receiver depth last year, any one of the three would seem to be a real upgrade - but are they worth the contract they'll likely receive on the open market?
As I explored last week, the concept of 'value' with this current Colts team can also incorporate veteran players and the value of tuition - the benefits of having Reggie Wayne and Greg Jennings for example would I hope pay dividends in the route running of our other recievers.
When it comes to the three players in question, I'm not a massive fan of any of the three. Wallace and Bowe both have their issues with dropping the ball and concentration, while Greg Jennings has had injury issues in the past couple of seasons culminating in the usurping of his role by Randall Cobb and James Jones. Today I'll do my best to illustrate the style of Dwayne Bowe's play, along with pointing out positives and negative observations along the way.
I'll begin by showing a few of his highlights from 2012 in order to get the most recent picture of his play. An important caveat to the first three i'll show is context - all three touchdowns receptions were in garbage time or something approaching it. The first two - from the Bills vs Chiefs game in Week 3, 2012 - came with the score at 35-3 and 35-10 respectively. Make of that what you will, i'll come back to it later.