Originally Posted by Playmakers Dad
He's a very nice young talent but he has a long way to go before he's better then D-Bowe. I'd compare Bowe and Baldwin to Miles and Dez. Both could potentially be #1 WRs but they're more like 1A and 1B. Bowe is extremely talented and playing very consistently this year.
Hmmm... I vaguely recall two posters arguing for days over how Bowe was going to do this season and whether or not he was truly a 'second tier' WR.
Have you come over onto my side of the aisle? Since I have Bowe in two of my five big money FF leagues, I've spent a good amount of time watching him this year. I've been pretty damn impressed.
He doesn't have great top end speed, but he also has a long gait that is often deceiving, maybe even to DBs he is playing against. If you aren't careful, he can get by you.
He is a good route runner, too.
But, his most impressive trait that I have seen this season is his amazing wingspan. If you get the ball anywhere close to him, he is going to find a way to make a play on it. That is a very underrated characteristic and it can make up for some speed deficiencies.
To answer the question, I don't really see Baldwin ever being as good as or better than Bowe. Aside from serious character issues that still concern me about Baldwin, I don't think his hands are as good (at least, they haven't look like it so far). They are sort of similar types of receivers, but I just think Bowe is better.
Btw, Bowe is quietly putting together a very nice career. He is rarely mentioned in 'best receivers in the league' debates and he is often looked over, but the numbers are pretty striking...
2007: 70 catches, 995 yards, 5 TDs
2008: 86 catches, 1,022 yards, 7 TDs
2009: 47 catches, 589 yards, 4 TDs **was injured and only played half of the season healthy**
2010: 72 catches, 1,162 yards, 15 TDs
This year, he is on pace for around 70 catches, 1,200+ yards, and 10 TDs.
Not too shabby. If he can put together back-to-back seasons of 1,100+ yards and 10 or more TD catches, you have to start thinking about him in the 'elite' category.