Saturday, September 02, 2006
Wide Receiver, Doug Gabriel was traded to the Pats from the Radiers for an undisclosed draft pick. Gabriel had 37 catches in 14 games as the third receiver behind Randy Moss and Jerry Porter in Oakland, and was likely the fourth option as LaMont Jordan got 70 balls last year.
ESPN Insider's Scouting Report:
"He is an excellent overall athlete for the position. He has very good speed - flashes some explosiveness in his game. He has shown a lot of big flair when given chances to make plays. He shows solid hands. He shows the ability to pluck quickly on timing routes. He has a wide catch radius - has long arms to extend and catch outside his frame. He shows the toughness to go over the middle - will come inside and catch on slant routes. Shows good hips to get out of his cuts - solid route runner that is very effective on double moves. Can leap and attempt to high point the ball down field - good body control. He gives solid blocking effort."
Not one negative comment? Game on! Gabriel becomes the #1 wideout for the Pats and the future of Deion Branch with the New England is in even more jeopardy.