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1) How do you feel about our WR depth going into next year? – Bobbytrips
Chris Coleman: Not particularly good. In fact, as it turned out I didn’t feel particularly good about Virginia Tech’s wide receiver depth last year. We all thought it was good in the preseason, but it didn’t turn out to be that way.
The Hokies should be fine in the slot. Tayvion Robinson will be a true sophomore, and I expect Rutgers transfer Raheem Blackshear will line up there a lot. If push comes to shove, Tre Turner can play there as well. He lined up there some as a true freshman in 2018.
The outside receiver spots are biggest concerns. Turner returns, but Damon Hazelton and his terrific redzone presence is gone. I’m not sure the Hokies will miss him between the 20s, but they’ll certainly miss him in the redzone.
Here are Virginia Tech’s other options at outside receiver as things currently stand…
Darryle Simmons (6-2, 212 r-So.): 5 games, 1 reception for 0 yards
Kaleb Smith (6-2, 207, r-So.): 11 games, 9 receptions, 121 yards, 1 TD. Smith only caught one pass after Damon Hazelton returned from injury.
Jaden Payoute (6-1, 206, r-Fr.): 2 games, 0 catches.
Elijah Bowick (6-1, 216, r-Fr.): 0 games.
And of course, James Mitchell can also line up outside, though it remains to be seen exactly what the coaching staff wants to do at the H-back position with Dalton Keene declaring for the NFL Draft.
Can you look at that group of players and feel good about it? I can’t. I don’t necessarily feel bad about it, either. I don’t know...
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