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Why all the Tony Scheffler Hate?


The more and more I look around this site, I see people in their roster mock or in the comments, suggesting that Scheffler is a bad player or should be cut. Where is all this hate coming from? I'm not saying he should be a #1 TE or anything, but he is a solid #2 and people seem unable to give Scheff his dues. Looking back on his stats from all 3 years with us: 45 games, 1229 yards, 8 TDs, 72 1st downs on 113 catches, and possibly most importantly, only a single fumble. The 8 TD's are the only thing that sticks out to me as semi-low, the rest is well above the league average (684 yards, 6 TDs during that time period). He is also a home-state boy, going to highschool at Chelsea and college at Western Michigan University. Trading him seems like a much more likely senerio than simply cutting Schefff and watching him sign quickly with someone else. New England has been thrown around in the rumor mill more than once, after the Aaron arrest. But who would we replace Scheff with? Joseph Fauria? As much as I think that eventually, Joseph will become a solid TE in this league, the point is eventually. He's not ready to go from an undrafted free agent to a large part of the Lions offense. If you think he is, try thinking about having every reciever after Nate and Calvin being rookie 6-7th round draft picks and undrafted free agents, which is what you'd be doing to our tight ends if you cut Scheffler. And it's not like Brandon is the best TE in the league like Calvin Johnson is. Now, the question would be, if the Lions do trade him, who would be signed since Joseph isn't ready yet? Dallas Clark is the best option left on the market, but he's a 34 year old injury risk (missed 15 games in 2 seasons), and it says a lot that someone of his stature isn't currently with a team. All in all, he'd basically be an older, more injury prone and 2 inch shorter version of Scheff with his blocking never being great. So like it or not, Tony and his sweet TD dances are going absolutely no where. So when you're watching him snag a few catches week 1, try to give him credit for what he does do well, being a reliable target with soft hands and a tough overall player.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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