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A Real Look At Legadu Naanee

Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by Bpk, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. Bpk

    Bpk Premium Member Luxury Box

    The fans here don't like him, and I have complained about his drops (and wanted *him* dropped). But the staff is clearly very sold on him.

    It's time we ask ourselves why and look at what positives Legadu Naanee brings to the table.


    Pre-draft measureables
    Height Weight 40 yd20 ss3-cone Vert BP
    6'2" 226 lb 4.41. 4.20 6.73s[3] 40 in 19*[4]


    1) Mentally capable player. When LA entered college he came in as a Quarterback. He likely understands the Xs and Os and coaches love that.

    2) Naanee can offer versatility to create mismatches favored by this offense. "Norv Turner wanted to use Naanee as the Chargers' F-Back, like Delanie Walker and Michael Robinson were when Turner was the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers. The F-Back is much like the H-back in other offenses in the sense it is a hybrid position (WR/TE/FB) purposely versatile to take advantage of mismatches.... Regarding his versatility, head coach Norv Turner said, "We're going to continue to move him. He's going to be a guy who's versatile enough to move around. That's going to help him be put in position to make some plays." (Wikipedia)

    3) He's got a reputation as a strong blocker. That helps in this offense on both runs and short passes designed for yards-after-the-catch. Given that our left side is our better run blocking side on the O-Line, we are likely to see bigger runs spring to the left if Naanee can block wide or upfield to the safety. For WCO passes, Naanee's blocking will help other receivers, RBs and TEs. On screens, flares to the running back, drags and crosses by the TE or WR on the opposite side, Naanee could block an upfield safety or pursuing LB to spring guys like Clay, Bess, Hartline, Bush and others for bigger yardage.

    Don't underestimate how much blocking can play into a coach's assessment. "We like his size and his ability. He's a good target, whether it be on the outside running some in breaking routes or running slants or cross routes. … He adjusts pretty well to the football, and he has the ability to block in normal down and distance, he has shown an aptitude for that so he has good overall skill," head coach Joe Philbin said.

    4) Be thankful our special teams don't suck anymore. We have actually rebuilt the special team into a decent unit, and LA is known as a good special teams player. The next time we aren't screwing up on special teams, let's appreciate the contribution we get from LA. Hey, it's still 1/3 of the game.

    5) He does come off the line well, and is hard to press and jam, which is very helpful in a timing-offense like ours. Receivers who are fast but get held up for a second trying to beat the jam are not in the right spot at the right time and thus cannot be relied upon in this offense. The coaches would favor LAs ability to be unimpeded on his release on slants and other short routes.

    6) While his hands have been unreliable, he is not the Ted Ginn type who Necessarily drops balls when in a crowd. LA may drop the ball due to lack of focus, or simply not having the best hands, but in general he is able to catch a ball in traffic, which is important if you hope for him to be of value in the compacted Red Zone area.

    7) He can throw. Like I said, he was a high school QB, and threw a flea flicker to LaDanian. Tomlinson in San Diego. We may see it again here. Really interesting when you pair it with Tannehill, a QB who used to play WR. Could see that Naanee to Tannehill for a TD once this year, even if the reverse isn't true.

    Overall, coaches could easily like the versatile, physicality of a receiver who appears to consistently get off the line,get to where he should, when he should, and can take a hit without dropping the ball. That said, his focus issues cause easy drops and lack of quickness in and out of cuts will mean minimal separation. Most of Naanee's catches, therefore, WILL be contested by a cornerback draped all over him as Naanee must make the catch with contact. Coaches will also love his blocking ability, coachability and understanding of the play book and Xs and Os.

    There are issues with Naanee mainly because we have miscast him as a number one due to our own lack of receivers, but LA deserves credit for what he does bring to the table.

    He's on our team. He has good things to offer. Let's hope for a good year of contributions from him.
     
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  2. RickyNeverInhaled

    RickyNeverInhaled Well-Known Member

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    i like the 4.20 stat!
     
  3. edromeo

    edromeo New Member

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    I watched a bunch of Carolina games last year.
    And imho Legadu Naanee isn't gonna be good as a #1 or #2 WR because he wasn't very good as a #3 receiver.
     
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  4. MikeHoncho

    MikeHoncho -=| Censored |=- Club Member

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    The guy has super powers. Like super speed, and super invisibility during games.
     
  5. RickyBobby

    RickyBobby VIP DIY

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    Was half expecting to just see a blank page.
     
  6. Drowning

    Drowning ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH

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    My sides hurt. TY
     
  7. Trowa

    Trowa A world of pain

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    The responses in this thread are shameful
     
  8. MrClean

    MrClean Inglourious Basterd Club Member

    Well, now we're talking. I think it's nice of you to try to see a silver lining in a dark cloud.
    Anyway, PFF rated him as tied for the 21st best blocker at WR last season.
    He also tied for 4th in most penalties committed by a WR with 7. Hopefully not holding penalties while run blocking. PFF does not tell us the exact penalties.
     
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  9. MrClean

    MrClean Inglourious Basterd Club Member

    I see what you did there. ;)

    To add a note of seriousness, a 4.20 isn't anything special as a short shuttle time for a WR, but the 3 cone time of 6.73 is excellent. Only 2 WRs had better cone times at this past combine.
     
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  10. padre31

    padre31 Premium Member Luxury Box

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    Other super powers:

    -Able to hypnotize Coaching Staffs into putting him onto the field.
    -Able to fool Omar Kelly (well, that is being generous)

    Simple rule for me, if you cannot catch the ball, you should be playing until you fix that..comes with the territory.
     
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  11. MrClean

    MrClean Inglourious Basterd Club Member

    Fixed.
     
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  12. rafael

    rafael Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    IMO WRs with impressive measurables are a dime a dozen. What matters is what he does in the games. Other than maybe blocking color me unimpressed. And STs is really about 15% of the game despite the old saying.
     
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  13. jsizzle

    jsizzle Banned

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    OK, so he is good at running real fast in his undies, great. He did NOTHING in 4 games, nothing. He can't catch the ball.
     
  14. gafinfan

    gafinfan gunner Club Member

    Your post is impressive .... Naanee, not so much!
     
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  15. Rilo

    Rilo New Member

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    I believe you have to have a vertical threat, for us that is Naanee. He couldn't catch the ball in preseason or camp but what other options are out there. We need a vertical threat now our only option is to trade for one, hope Naanee gets it together, or sign some rookie (probally from a PS ).
     
  16. Stitches

    Stitches ThePhin's Biggest Killjoy Luxury Box

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    Bpk, are you sure he's even been playing STs for us?
     
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  17. ckparrothead

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    Only in Miami would we be thankful for a blocker at the wide receiver position.
     
  18. Lee2000

    Lee2000 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    In my view Naanee is the pink elephant in the room, just wasting space. That sounds harsh, but he has to prove he belongs. Cunningham and Hogan outperformed him in games.
     
  19. Clipse

    Clipse mediocrity sucks

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    Are we really trying this hard to justify having a complete abomination of a player like Legadu Naanee on our roster?
     
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  20. Lee2000

    Lee2000 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    You get an A for effort, but a U for unconvincing.
     
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  21. ckparrothead

    ckparrothead Draft Forum Moderator Luxury Box

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    Cunningham wasn't really that special either to be honest. Chris Hogan has potential but he really needs to learn what to do when the ball is in the air and then after he's caught it.
     
  22. Lee2000

    Lee2000 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    He wasn't, so what does that say about Naanee that Cunningham outperformed him in games.
     
  23. Lee2000

    Lee2000 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    I can not remember a player that I have questioned in terms of earning a roster spot more than Naanee. And I have been a fan for 40 plus years.
     
  24. Dorfdad

    Dorfdad Well-Known Member

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    STATS, HEIGHT, SPEED, HAIR STYLE Yadda, Yadda, Yadda Who really cares.. If you can't catch a football than why should I give a rats *** about you?

    Seriously give me a midget with good hands and field vision and he's my starter day 1... Way to many pre-Madonnas
     
  25. Dtronic

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    I rest my case for cutting Nanneee Legoland.
     
  26. cdz12250

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    A receiver who can't get open, in other words. Being able to block and fight for jump balls doesn't cut it.
     
  27. Stitches

    Stitches ThePhin's Biggest Killjoy Luxury Box

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    I don't think Naanee is anything special, but I didn't notice him having a big problem getting open in his limited time. Granted I only really looked at him when the ball went his way.
     
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  28. MrClean

    MrClean Inglourious Basterd Club Member

    I guess you missed the addition of Armstrong. Also, Hartline is more of a vertical threat than Naanee has ever been.
     
  29. MrClean

    MrClean Inglourious Basterd Club Member

    Speak for yourself. And Bpk.
     
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  30. MrClean

    MrClean Inglourious Basterd Club Member

    Madonna is 50 yrs old now. I don't think any current WRs are predating Madonna.
     
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  31. GridIronKing34

    GridIronKing34 Silently Judging You Club Member

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    It's not just games that coaches look at. Naanee by most accounts was having a good camp as far as practice goes. Now don't get me wrong, being known as one of the best flag football player (practice player for those who cannot connect the dots) isn't a compliment. However you only have a limited amount of the story available to you yet you want to just erase those blanks.

    Also I have seen some hate on Omar Kelly, understandably so, over the Naanee compliments. In his defense Kelly has numerously said that he isn't seeing in games what he saw in practice. Some players just don't show up on the stage when the lights turn on... I am thinking this is the case with Naanee. I hope we cut him for Gaffney but I can see why the coaching staff wants a veteran WR who is solid in most aspects of the game.
     
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  32. LBsFinest

    LBsFinest Banned

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    lol Ireland lol
     
  33. MrClean

    MrClean Inglourious Basterd Club Member

    Also, Barry Barry quite contrary, after all that effort to make the post, you misspelled his first name. It is Legedu. :tongue2:
     
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  34. Lee2000

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    I am aware he did well in practice because that is the only way he starts a game. No other way. However, he is repeating his habits of Carolina, where last year he was rated the worst starting wr in the league.
     
  35. BigDogsHunt

    BigDogsHunt Enough talk...prove it!

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    Legadu?, more like "HandsofDooDoo", and someone who plays "Like an Old" Naanee; am i right?

    try the veal, I am here Tues-Sat 8pm, tip your waitress.


    come on prove me wrong.....we need someone to catch the football consistently
     
  36. shouright

    shouright Banned

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    I laughed out loud at that one. :up:
     
  37. Bpk

    Bpk Premium Member Luxury Box

    We picked up Anthony Armstrong, who scares safeties the way Gates did... but with better routes and hands. Gaffney may be signed. Hartline has returned (somewhat) from injury and we'll see what he can do.
     
  38. Bpk

    Bpk Premium Member Luxury Box

    This is a great question, Stitches, because I keep hearing about how he's a Special Teams guy and good at it... but I cannot recall seeing him on coverage untis this preseason. MAYBE once, but I'm not sure.

    So those reports of his Special Teams ability would not count in his favor if the staff is not playing him there. I'm hopeful they are.
     
  39. Bpk

    Bpk Premium Member Luxury Box

    There's a difference between agreeing, advocating and arguing on his behalf versus admitting and accepting that this staff likes him (regardless of what the fans say) and intend to start him. Because the latter is true, I decided to look at why this staff wants him, what they see in him, and what they think they can get from playing him.
     
  40. Bpk

    Bpk Premium Member Luxury Box

    Oh, I haven't convinced myself either. Were it up to me, I wouldn;t have Naanee on the team.

    That said, I want to understand why he is.
     

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