Counterpoint: Why Tajae Sharpe’s roster spot is not (and should not be) guaranteed

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Yesterday Graver wrote a great piece http://www.hl-sapporo.com/charles-johnson-jersey-c-1_32.html about Tajae Sharpe and why he thinks he is a lock to make the Titans roster. Today, Im going to present the argument for why I think there is a real shot that Sharpe is not a Titan when cut day comes on September 2nd. Before we get in to it, I want to say that I dont hate Sharpe as a player. He was a revelation last year in camp and he absolutely outperformed his draft slot. He is, by all accounts, a hard working guy who wants to get better and make his team better. I like the guy. I just dont think hes a guarantee to make this roster and here are some reasons why.
STATS
Im not saying that any of these stats below are the be-all-end-all measure of a good receiver, but each of them provides a little point of data that can help paint an overall picture of a player.
Wide Receiver Rating: 77.9 (73rd out of 96 in NFL with at least 25% targets)
This stat is simple. It is the QB rating for the team on throws to this player. This stat measures both the QB and the WR so you do end up with some good players towards the bottom of this list who are being dragged there by their QBs guys like DeAndre Hopkins (91st), Allen Robinson (87th), and Terrelle Pryor (79th) all ranked very low but I dont think any of us think that was the case with Sharpe. Even if we did, it would be pretty easily refuted by pointing out that Rishard Matthews finished with a Wide Receiver Rating of 104.8, good for 27th in the NFL.
Yards Per Route Run: 1.08 (79th out of 96 qualified WRs)
This is one of my personal favorite stats http://www.hssmstore.com/julius-peppers-jersey-c-1_13.html for receivers because it cuts to the core of what a good receiver does: get open, make the catch, and generate yardage. There can be some noise in this stat as well though. For example, if a receiver is regularly designed to be the 2nd or 3rd option on most passing plays that can artificially suppress his YPRR, but you simply dont find good receivers at the bottom of the list with this stat.
 
 
Posted 23 Aug 2017

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