Despite being a complete and utter fuck up when the game was on the line, you do have to give some props to Ted Ginn and his overall performance from Monday night. Ginn caught 11 passes for 108 yards on Monday night. And while he completely humped the mattress whenever he was anywhere near the endzone, you still have to at least acknowledge that it's a nice little stat line.
Sure, he completely banged the duck when the time came for him to make a career defining, season-changing, fuck yea! moment catch when it truly counted, but still. Great stat line.
The good news is, Ted's at least shown improvement with his route running and ball catching skills. He was a major contributor to the offense converting 15 of 21 on 3rd down attempts. Sure, he still drops like a sack of dirt as soon as he catches the ball, even when the nearest defensive player is still 20 yards away from him, but there's improvement there. And while he no longer runs like a man being chased by a bee, and has now instead become the guy who catches a pass then drops to the ground like he's been lit on fire, you still have to feel pretty good about how far Teddy Ginn has come.
This is thanks to the chemistry he seems to be developing with Chad Pennington. Chad targeted Ginn 16 times Monday night. And it seems like they're showing that chemistry more and more, even in practice:
Pennington hit Ted Ginn, Jr. in stride on a deep shot. Could those two finally be growing comfortable with each other? How did Ginn like being the target of 16 Pennington passes on Monday night (resulting in a career-best 11 catches)?
"It felt great just to come up with the balls and make opportunities for him to be able to throw the route and get it to me," Ginn said Wednesday. "It was a great situation."
Sure, it was a great situation. A great situation that you ultimately sprayed shit all over, but a great situation nonetheless.
Here's to Ted and Chad's chemistry becoming the next Marino-to-Duper, Montana-to-Rice duo for many games to come. Unless you count all the game winning TD catches Marino-Duper and Montana-Rice had. But still. Here's to ya!