Shockey is No Anthony Fasano

25 Feb

Forget the four Pro Bowls. The last time tight end Jeremy Shockey went to Honolulu was 2006, and he only had 623 yards. Nope, the Jeremy Shockey we may be signing soon is a far cry from what he once was. Not only that, he’s even a far cry from Anthony “Leaps into the Air for No Reason at the End of Every Catch” Fasano.

Fasano’s been a starter for three years, certainly without the most dynamic quarterback play in the Western World. Shockey has spent that time with Drew Brees in the Saints offensive machine. Over the last three seasons:

Shockey 1460YDS 6TDs 10.5YPR
Fasano  1321YDS 13TDs 12.7 YPR

What about all the games Shockey missed? Well let’s ignore the fact that being injury prone and missing games does matter. Breaking it down per start, Shockey gained just nine yards more per game than Fasano. Meanwhile Fasano scored a TD every 14 quarters, while Shockey logged one score every 24. Then there’s the yards per reception, in Fasano’s favor by more than two yards per grab.

Shockey was a very good tight end for a spell there, but we won’t be getting that guy. We’ll be getting a guy who’s less vertical, less healthy, less clutch in the red zone, and four years older than the guy we just extended.

We’re not saying Shockey can’t contribute in the right situation, and it would be nice to see a homecoming for him. But based on where he’s at, and where we’re at, he’d better come real cheap.

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4 Responses to “Shockey is No Anthony Fasano”

  1. EricG February 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    The thing I think you’re missing, though, is that on any given series, Drew Brees has at least 6 better targets to throw to (Colston, Moore, Henderson, Meachem, Bush, Thomas). Of course Shockey’s scores and numbers will drop.

    Okay, as a Canes fan perhaps I’m biased, but I think defenses at least have to *account* for Shockey, whereas I don’t think worries about Fasano’s downfield catching keeps any DCs awake at night.

    As you say, if we can get him cheap then I’d love to be able to see what he can do.

    If, you know, there’s actually football next year.

    • Dan Ewen February 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

      More targets for Brees to throw to, but a much bigger pie in New Orleans as well. In those three years the Saints threw for about 3,500 more yards than Miami, and an astounding 49 more touchdowns.

      And not for nothing, but if all six of those guys are “better” targets than Shockey? Well, maybe not many DCs will lose sleep over him as a Dolphin.

      Perhaps he’s one of those rare players who STOPS breaking down after 30? We’ll see. It would be interesting, but it had better be close to free, in our opinion.

      Thanks for your comment, and for visiting The Bottlenose.

  2. JGoode February 26, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    Nice breakdown. Apprecciate the statistical analysis. 

    • Dan Ewen February 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

      Thanks, JGoode. My pleasure, and appreciate you stopping by.

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