Everyone has seen the famous David Tyree Super Bowl catch in 2008. Truly one of the greatest catches of all time: catching the ball above your head against his helmet with Rodney Harrison trying to knock it out. The Giants released Tyree after this year’s preseason, and the Ravens have worked him out in their camp. Plus, Tyree has passed a physical, so it is likely he could be in a Ravens uniform for this year.
But a great catch does not make a great career, and even if the Ravens sign David Tyree, don’t expect him to be the final piece to the puzzle.
Tyree is known for and only for that catch. In his five seasons with the Giants, he has never had above 19 catches in a season, and two of the last three years has not had more than five in a year. New York certainly was a team in need of receivers even with solid players like Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer, and Tyree was not the answer to them. Granted in the 2008 season he was injured, but that is all the more reason not to think he will be useful in Baltimore.
He has been a good pickup considering he was a 6th round pick in 2003, but if the Giants did not feel he was worth having on the active roster, then chances are the Ravens will not fare much better with him. It is worth pursuing, especially with the issues the Ravens have at wideout, but don’t expect him to be more than a slot player.
One amazing catch makes an amazing moment, not an amazing player.
Blog from Dave Vatz –09 Maryland Graduate