Since we all now know that my last Bobby man crush didn’t work out, I’m pretty stoked about us looking at my second favorite Bobby — Bobby Engram.
When healthy, Engram has just about the best set of hands of any receiver in the NFL. He’s not fast, big or dominant, but he runs perfect routes, gets open and catches everything. Better not get a cold or STD within five feet of him, because he’d come down with it. Two years ago, he posted 94 receptions, 1,147 yards and 6 touchdowns. He’s not as good as either T.J. Houshmandzadeh or Wes Welker, and he’s 36, but he’s a similar kind of player.
From Adam Schefter, NFL.com:
Free-agent wide receiver Bobby Engram is in Kansas City today visiting with the Chiefs.
The visit makes sense on two fronts. Back when Engram played in Chicago, he spent one season working with a young assistant coach, Todd Haley, who now is the Chiefs’ head coach. Also, the Seattle Seahawks moved on a receiver Monday when they signed T.J. Houshmandzadeh, leaving much less playing time for Engram, a 13-year NFL veteran.
Engram has produced at his two previous stops – five seasons in Chicago and the last eight in Seattle. Now he could have the chance to do the same in Kansas City.
Engram doesn’t have blazing speed, so he’s not going to stretch the field. But Todd Haley never really had that in Arizona either, as neither Anquan Boldin nor Larry Fitzgerald are really considered “burners.” I know this much; he’d make a helluva second security blanket for Matt Cassel for a few years. You know who the first security blanket is, provided he remains a Chief. The key here is Engram’s health. He’s missed 18 games over the past five years.
If we think he’s got a decent chance at playing 13 games after conducting his physical — like he has four of the past five years — then we sign him. Look, would you rather have Laveranues Coles at $6 million or Engram at $2 M? Especially when Coles is just as injury prone. Easy decision, right? It’s not just about him being a good bargain either. By importing Cassel and Haley, Scott Pioli has tied the future of this organization to the passing game. If the Chiefs do not give Cassel and Haley everything they need to be successful, then the new regime will fail in its attempt to rebuild the Chiefs into a winner. Wide receiver is currently on of the biggest needs on this roster as a result of the direction Pioli decided to take. End. Of. Story.
Speaking of Bobbys, it’s pretty funny that people are still bringing up something as trivial as Bobby Sippio all the time. Yeah, I was wrong. I was wrong about an AFL receiver becoming a supporting receiver for our Chiefs. I admit that. Big deal. Let’s not do revisionist history and act like Herm Edwards didn’t have a major chubby for his son’s best friend Jeff Web, though.
If we had to discuss every time ol’ Merlin Haggard was wrong, we’d have to publish an A.A. encyclopedia of goofs. Dude struck out on the Brodie Croyle-and-Herm Edwards comedy duo, before striking out again with a proposed nucleus of Eric DeCosta, Jon Kitna/Tyler Thigpen and Rex Ryan. And we all remember this money quote from Merl the Pearl:
I do not see Matt Ryan as a franchise QB, so I would not even look at him.
I know it’s hard being Pippen to my Jordan, Flava Flav to my Chuck D, Robin to my Batman. But you’re the best sidekick I could find, Merlin. Did I say Robin? Whoops, I meant Alfred the Butler, because homeboy is 137 years old. He’s right about this all being in good fun — it always is, always will be. I enjoyed his post, and I think we all did. But he knew my retribution would be swift. Had to of known.
Anyway, Addicts, yes or no on Bobby Engram?