(This is the second of a longer series looking at our individual positions that need to be re-filled in 2017 and whether we will meet the PRODUCTION we had in those positions. We will not factor in true freshman at this point as we have no idea what they can and cannot do).
We have covered the other two skill positions on the offense in previous article; the QBs here and the RBs here. To refresh memories based on the production lost in those positions and what I think we have in the replacements on the roster I awarded the QB position a “downgrade” and the RBs a “draw“.
The “draw” for losing James Conner needed some explaining but again, it is the production we may, and in my mind will, get from the rest that was the basis for that.
Let’s move onto the last of the skilled positions in the WRs unit. I always wonder if the offensive linemen take exception at that “skill player” label the passers, rushers and receivers get. Any old OL guys out there care to chip in on that?
Our losses were not great in this unit by any means, mainly because our supposed primary receiver (coming out of fall camp) rsSR Dontez Ford broke his collar-bone in the game against North Carolina. He returned later in the year and did surprisingly well in ending up our 4th leading receiver over-all.
He will be missed, albeit not by much. But given his smaller role in the offense over the years he did produce exceedingly well for us with his career 46 catches for 843 yards and 5 TDs at a 18.3 YPC average.