DuckTalk: Who will Herbert sling the ball to?
A area in question at recevier....
One of the position groups in question for Oregon this season will be the receiving core. Who will be Herbert's no. 1 target? Who is stepping up thus far at fall camp? This and more as we spoke with:
- Wide receivers coach Michael Johnson
- And senior running back Tony Brooks-James
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Younger receivers making a name
Brenden Schooler, the safety turned receiver; Johnny Johnson, the high-flying, speedy receiver; and Dillon Mitchell, the shake-and-bake steady-handed receiver. All have reps and all have starts. But where does the depth come in for receivers coach Michael Johnson?
The younger guys like Daewood Davis, Bryan Addison, Jaylon Redd and the new kids on the block, and grad transfer Tabari Hines, must step up.
“That’s the big part. We got to develop the other guys behind them,” says Johnson. “The young guys are up and down. They’re here sometimes and they’re not. So we got to make sure we get more consistency there. But I think they’re trying, working hard, I think their focus needs to be a little more heightened and strengthened. But overall, I think they’re doing a good job.”
Remember the name, Bryan Addison
Bryan Addison is showing signs of that athletic familial gene so far this fall camp. Listed as an ATH [Athlete], the 6’ 5” 180 pound star has found himself at mostly wide receiver this camp, but can play multiple positions.
“He’s worked a little more at receiver this camp to learn that just because there is a lot to learn from the offensive side of the ball but I think as you see that, you may see him on both sides. He’s a big kid, good athlete, so we got to use him and put him somewhere.” -Coach Johnson.
A little zip on the ball from Herbert
It is quite the advantage to have a quarterback like junior Justin Herbert slinging balls your way. Coach Johnson praises Herbert for his skill, and demands that his receiving core match the intensity.
“I think we got to catch the ball more consistently. You catch the ball from Justin Herbert and it’s a little bit different… He’s throwing balls the way NFL quarterbacks are throwing balls. He’s putting home in places that you don’t normally get them. And I’d like to see them be more consistent catching the ball, but I think they’re doing a good job at this point.”
Veterans on veterans on veterans
Consistency is important up front, and the Ducks certainly don’t lack in that area with the offensive line. So what’s is like for senior running back Tony Brooks-James to run behind these guys?
“It’s great because they know what they’re doing and I trust them and they trust me,” says Brooks-James. “So it’s a trust relationship which you kind of need that in the backfield.”