March 10, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 9 comments

I love sports photography. There is usually much more going on than the main subject.

posted by NoMich at 11:17 AM on March 10

Amari Cooper is worth a first round pick and Antonio Brown is worth third- and fifth-round picks?

posted by rcade at 12:19 PM on March 10

He is if the other team is desperate to get rid of their guy. See also: the awful trade of Jeff Skinner to the Buffalo Sabres.

posted by NoMich at 12:46 PM on March 10

Cooper is 24. Brown is 31.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:18 PM on March 10

The age difference is worth considering, but as a Cowboys fan I'd rather have Brown than Cooper because Brown is already a world-class receiver.

posted by rcade at 03:07 PM on March 10

The age difference is critical. It doesn't matter so much what Cooper is. It matters that Brown is 31.

Another factor is:

The Raiders' current GM is Mike Mayock. The Cowboys' GM is...

The tight-fisted Jerry Jones was schooled by Emmitt in 1993 and since then has had moments where he went to the other extreme.

Who knows if Mayock is competent or not or whether he'll do something really dumb on draft day, but for now I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt.

posted by beaverboard at 04:50 PM on March 10

Elite running backs fall off a cliff at 31 (if they haven't fallen off already). When do elite wide receivers reach the cliff?

posted by rcade at 08:38 PM on March 10

Athletically or emotionally?

posted by beaverboard at 11:09 AM on March 11

Elite WRs usually are at the cliff around the same age (31,32) but can still be productive in spot roles. The exception would be Jerry Rice who had his last 1000 yard season at the age of 40 which was 5 years after returning from a torn ACL. Steve Smith, Art Monk, and Terrell Owens were reasonably productive until 35. Many others like Randy Moss and Steve Largent did not survive the cliff and flamed out at 32.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:45 PM on March 11

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