Brett Swain, WR

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  1. backrow

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    here's Brett article.

    Long-shot receiver Swain looks to Welker as model

    By Pete Dougherty
    pdougher@greenbaypressgazette.com

    At first blush, probably the most puzzling pick of the Green Bay Packers' draft was the selection of receiver Brett Swain in the seventh round.


    General Manager Ted Thompson had supplemented a deep receiving corps with his first pick, No. 36 overall early in the second round, with Kansas State's Jordy Nelson. He joins starters Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, and backups James Jones, Koren Robinson and Ruvell Martin for what appears to be a strong, six-deep unit.

    Why spend a draft pick on another receiver who faces long odds to make the roster?

    It was Thompson's shot at an underrated prospect who he and his scouts think, in a best-case scenario, could develop into something like Wes Welker, the former undrafted rookie who has blossomed into a premier slot receiver for the New England Patriots.

    "He's a little bit taller and bigger than Welker, though I'm not trying to compare him. Wes Welker is an outstanding professional football player," Thompson said. "(But Swain) is a very good route runner, he's very good at understanding where he is in space, understanding when he's open, when he's not, how to run routes, how to set up defenders. The more tape we watched, the more we liked him. We think he's got a chance."

    There are some similarities between Welker and Swain. Foremost, both are on the small side, and neither was considered much of a pro prospect coming out of college. Welker was highly productive at Texas Tech, but was only 5-toot-9 and 185 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in a pedestrian 4.6 seconds. Swain is a little bigger at 6-0 and 200, but he wasn't invited to the NFL scouting combine, and scouts gave him an estimated time in the 40 of 4.65 seconds going into the offseason. Only after running the 40 in 4.41 seconds at his campus workout in March did he get on teams' radars.

    For now, Swain is just a low draft pick trying to make a team, while the extraordinarily quick-footed Welker tied for the league lead in receptions last season with 112. That, only three years after the San Diego Chargers signed him as an undrafted rookie, then cut him after one game.

    Later that year, Welker excelled as a returner for Miami, which gradually integrated into the regular offense over the next two seasons. Last year, New England coach Bill Belichick gave up a second-round draft pick to make him a critical piece in the NFL's best offense as a slot receiver, where Welker used his quickness to get open for short completions that he often turned into nice gains with his dynamic runs after the catch.

    "Wes Welker has done wonders for guys like me getting drafted and getting guys more looks," Swain said this weekend during a break in the Packers' rookie orientation camp. "Before Wes Welker (it was like), 'Who's that white kid from San Diego State?' Well, Wes Welker kind of put us on the map."

    At San Diego State, Swain played primarily out of the slot in an offense that included two other draft picks this year, quarterback Kevin O'Connell (third round to New England) and receiver Chaz Schilenz (to Oakland nine picks after the Packers drafted Swain).

    Schilenz looked far more the pro prospect on paper because of his measurables: He's 6-4 and 208, and at San Diego State's pro day, he ran the 40 in 4.38 seconds and had a 43-inch vertical jump. But Schilenz had a hamstring injury in 2006 and foot injury in 2007 that limited his playing time, and Swain was the team's leading receiver those years, with an average of 11.2 yards on 47 catches as a junior, and 16.8 yards on 58 receptions last year.

    "They're going to like him, especially working out of the slot," said San Diego State coach Chuck Long, a former NFL quarterback for the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams. "There are guys out there that are very fast but don't know a lot about running routes. Brett separates himself by knowing the art of route running."

    Swain's receivers coach in college, LeCharles McDaniel, likened Swain to a player he coached for one season with the Arizona Cardinals, Ricky Proehl. Proehl (6-0, 190), a third-round draft pick in 1990 who played a remarkable 17 seasons in the NFL, was built similarly to Swain and ran the 40 in 4.49 seconds.

    "He really reminds me of Ricky a lot," McDaniel said. "He has good feet, can create with his feet, not a 4.3 guy but he runs 4.4."

    Still, even if Swain was the Packers' sleeper pick this year, he faces a competitive battle just to make the team. Teams rarely, if ever, keep more than six receivers on their final roster. However, by drafting Swain, the Packers signaled they will give him more than a fair look.

    Swain might get a shot returning punts â€â€￾ he did so late last season for the first time in his career, and averaged 8.8 yards on 10 returns â€â€￾ and has asked to play on cover teams as well.

    "That's a way I can get my foot in the door and learn behind all the great receivers they have here," Swain said. "I made that a point to the special-teams coaches. If I'm not returner, make me something else, get me down there making tackles. I want to do anything I possibly can to help this team."
     
  2. devans

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    I really hope he does well, but I've read scores of these kinds of
    complementary articles over the years about undrafted or lower round
    draft pick white players, and they still end up getting cut. It is
    almost like the NFL organizations are trying to tempt the white fans to
    buy season tickets with the hope of some white representation on the
    roster only to disappoint then at the last minute - when they have
    already parted with their hard earned cash. And you still go to go and
    cheer for the black guys wearing your teams uniforms or you would be a
    racist, right?
     
  3. Don Wassall

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    And it's so ludicrous reading an article with all the comparisons to Welker when Swain is 6-0 and 200 pounds -- bigger than the average NFL receiver. Looks like 20 years ofcomparing all white receivers to Ricky Proehl and Ed McCaffreyare going to be replaced by a generation of obligatory Wes Welker comparisons. Wonder if anyonewould notice the racismif for 30 yearsrunning all black QBs were called "Doug Williams types."
     
  4. backrow

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    hey now, Don! Ricky Proehl mandatory comparison also made it into the print... how can you be so similar to two players thta have such a different style? must be the "whiteness" [​IMG]
     
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    Wow, the newest craze of comparing every white WR to Welker is beyond mere racism, bigotry, etc....it's just not factually correct in many ways.

    However, I like how Swain had the balls to say "who's that white kid from SD State?" Normally, every white athlete will naturally never mention the word "white" when compared to random white players who happened to play the same position (Sehorn-CB, Proehl-WR, Lynch-S).

    Swain SHOULD beat out the worthless Koren Robinson and Ruvell Martin. Then again, last season John Standeford SHOULD have beaten out the equally worthless and unproved Roy Hall on the Colts. Affirmative action is so swell!
     
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    Koren Robinson released.[​IMG]
     
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    "Koren Robinson released."

    Aww, what a shame. Perhaps the NFL is actually getting sick of millionare convicted felons like Robinson (AKA Mike Holmgren's son) who are also terrible WRs and KRs. Robinson played like a woman in Seattle (one decent season) and in Minnesota, and hasnt been a decent player...well, since, ever.

    Great news in a league where there is little to be optimistic about. Swain's chances just increased by one roster spot. Now if they release that worthless smurf Ruvell Martin....the Packers will officially the most anti-caste team in the league.
     
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    anyone know what is up with Swain? is he still on the roster?
     
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    he was on the practice squad all year long, I think they signed him to a future contract. He'll be at camp for sure
     
  10. Don Wassall

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    For whatever it's worth at this point of the offseason, Swain gets a favorable mention:

    Brett Swain, WR: Swain (6-0, 203) was one of the stars of the offseason practices. He looks like a far superior player to when he was a seventh-round draft pick last year, when he struggled through training camp mentally and physically and wound up spending the season on the practice squad. Swain's gained 9 pounds from when he was drafted, with the strength making him better able to beat press coverage while retaining his quickness. He'll enter camp as the favorite among the six receivers challenging returning No. 5 wideout Ruvell Martin.

    http://gnb.scout.com/2/878617.html
     
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    Swain Making Strides in Second Year.

     
  12. backrow

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    good news (btw Don, can we move that thread to 49ers forums please?)

    Coordinator Greg Roman suggested Thursday that Brett Swain could start opposite Michael Crabtree in Week 17.

    Kyle Williams (concussion) and Ted Ginn (ankle) both missed a second straight practice, leaving their status in question for the season finale. Swain would be no more than a desperation fantasy play at St. Louis on Sunday.


    Source: CSN Bay Area
     
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    Is it good news? No doubt he deserves the No. 1 Spot. Crabtree? Ginn? Hastings? None of which possess more skill and prowess than Swain. Yet, all three are listed above him on the depth chart. Swain has 2 receptions for 15 yds in 5 games. :spy: No doubt, if given the chance, he would be the No. 1 Rec. What can we do? What can anyone do? It's not our fault the ones whom deserve the chances do not receive. It's his lack of acception. In the same amount, Ginn has 32 rec. 419 yds. and 3 tds. FFFFFFFFFF- Crabtree also has 419 yds, 3 tds, 34 rec. I know that Hastings and of course Vernon "*** Nog Davis" will together account for more than all three most likley, so I won't bother calculating. Still, the fact Swain was given this much attenition, as basically...none other than a Special Teams Player. If ball-hawks like Crabtree and Ginn were gone, and a White TE were brought in, SF's Offense would be a (white) force to be reckoned with.
     

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