Does it suck to be an Ex-Patriot WR?

While looking at some other fantasy football websites, I ran across an interesting comment on an article by Chris Bahr who writes for SportingNews. While rating players for the Titans this season, he had this to say about David Givens:

Givens is a relatively new member of a dubious club — receivers who shine in New England, then fail miserably once they leave.

This got me thinking about other receivers that have recently done well in the Patriots system, but have underperformed or failed miserably on new teams. This is what I found out…

David Givens (TEN)

Season Team G Rec Yds Y/G TD
2003 New England 13 34 510 39.2 6
2004 New England 15 56 874 58.3 3
2005 New England 13 59 738 56.8 2
2006 Tennessee 5 8 104 20.8 0
2007 Tennessee ? ? ? ? ?

Outcome: Not enough information. Injuries in his first year in Tennessee derailed his season, so we’ll have to wait till the end of this season to make an educated decision on this.

Deion Branch (SEA)

Season Team G Rec Yds Y/G TD
2002 New England 13 43 489 37.6 2
2003 New England 15 57 803 53.5 3
2004 New England 9 35 454 50.4 4
2005 New England 16 78 998 62.4 5
2006 Seattle 14 53 725 51.8 4
2007 Seattle ? ? ? ? ?

Outcome: Branch had a decent first season in Seattle, considering he was moving to a new location, with a new QB, starting along side a guy who was already the #1. This year Darrell Jackson is gone, so Branch becomes el numero uno in Seattle, so you can probably expect big things for him.

David Patten (NO)

Season Team G Rec Yds Y/G TD
2001 New England 16 51 749 46.8 4
2002 New England 16 61 824 51.5 5
2003 New England 6 9 140 23.3 0
2004 New England 16 44 800 50.0 7
2005 Washington 9 22 217 9.9 0
2006 Washington 5 1 25 25.0 0
2007 New Orleans ? ? ? ? ?

Outcome: I guess Patten could be seen as the poster boy for Mr. Bahr’s theory. He was performing well in New England alongside Deion Branch, but as soon as he moved to Washington his career pretty much fell apart. Maybe his new home in New Orleans will start a resurgence in his career, but at his age I find it hard to believe that this will be the case.

Terry Glenn (DAL)

Season Team G Rec Yds Y/G TD
1996 New England 15 90 1132 75.5 6
1997 New England 9 27 431 47.9 2
1998 New England 10 50 792 79.2 3
1999 New England 14 69 1147 81.9 4
2000 New England 16 79 963 60.2 6
2001 New England 4 14 204 51.0 1
2002 Green Bay 15 56 817 54.5 2
2003 Dallas 16 52 754 47.1 5
2004 Dallas 6 24 400 66.7 2
2005 Dallas 16 62 1136 71.0 7
2006 Dallas 15 70 1047 69.8 6
2007 Dallas ? ? ? ? ?

Outcome: I’d almost say that Glenn’s career has improved since moving to Dallas. He has a higher percentage of 1000 yards season in Dallas and equal (if not a bit better) TD numbers. With TO demanding double covers consistently in Dallas, expect another solid season from Glenn this year as well.

Bethel Johnson (HOU)

Season Team G Rec Yds Y/G TD
2003 New England 15 16 209 13.9 2
2004 New England 13 10 174 17.4 1
2005 New England 11 4 67 6.1 1
2006 Minnesota 11 9 156 14.2 0
2007 Houston ? ? ? ? ?

Outcome: Bethel Johnson continues to suck wherever he plays, it doesn’t matter if he’s on the Patriots or not.

In summary, Mr. Bahr is fabricating his theory based on the careers of David Givens and David Patten. Maybe he should have clarified and said that players named “David” who leave New England end up failing miserably…that would have been a bit more accurate. With Branch gearing up for a big year in Seattle and Terry Glenn about breaking even on his move to Dallas, it appears that just as many receivers are succeeding that leave New England as those that are failing. So, Chris Bahr…you are awarded no points for your theory. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Have a nice day.