Mark Boerigter, WR
Numbers: 6'3 (6031)/ 217 pounds / 4.49 estimated forty-time
2005 stats: 8-119-0 receiving with Kansas City
2006 preseason: 1-19-0 receiving with Green Bay
The player: Boerighter is a very large, strong and fast wide receiver with uncanny natural running ability. He caught 111 passes in a single CFL season, scored eight touchdowns in his first NFL season and shares the record for longest-ever touchdown reception in NFL history (99 yards). So why was he available this far into camp? Well, he has a few problems. Years of getting away by being the biggest, strongest and toughest at Hastings and then in the CFL has given him some bad habits. He's not a disciplined route-runner, will drop a few easy passes and occasionally make other frustrating mental mistakes. But, when he does get the ball in his hands, he's very special and is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. He also brings an excellent ability to run-block for a receiver. After a promising rookie year in 2002 (20-420-8 receiving), Boerigter's NFL career has been slowed by appendicitis, an ankle injury and a blown knee. The ill effects of those may have robbed him of some of his magic.
How he fits: Boerigter's future depends on two things — how big a toll his injuries have taken from his natural talent and how much mental discipline he shows on the field. I'd be mildly surprised if he doesn't make the team; but then, I was surprised he was cut by the Packers.
Reminds me of: Kelley Washington, an immensely talented former third-round pick by the Bengals, who has never been able to nail down a starting job because of a lack of discipline.
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