Starters: Edgar Poe Jr.
Back ups: Jermaine Adams So.
Starters: Deandre Bell Sr.
Backup: Jeff Ekekam So.
The focus for Army's wide receivers and tight ends playing in a triple option offense is blocking. The move of Xavier Moss and his 41 career receptions and two touchdowns to free safety opened up the Z- receiver position. Edgar Poe returned at X-receiver but everyone else on the two deep is untested. Kelvin White returns at tight end but the Black Knights lack any depth at the position.
Poe, a junior, is the only returning wide receiver. Poe led the team with ten receptions for 199 yards, a 19.9 average and a touchdown. Poe (6-4”, 222) impressed me when I first saw him at USMAPS in 2012 as a physical blocker with the ability to get open. Poe is a big target with deceptive speed and a long stride. He can adjust to the ball and will make the tough catch in traffic. Poe caught the only touchdown pass in the Black-Gold game. Sophomore Jermaine Adams earned the backup spot behind Poe. Adams (6-1”, 207) has added over ten pounds since he was the starting wide receiver at the United States Military Academy Prep school. Adams has below average FBS speed and solid hands. He is a tough runner after the catch and doesn't want to go down. He is a willing blocker who is quick into his blocks and looks to finish them.
Senior DeAndre Bell (6-1”, 219) was recruited as a quarterback but converted to wide receiver in 2011 at the prep school. He has below average speed and solid hands. Since being switched to wide receiver Bell hasn't been a productive pass receiver at either the prep school, on the JV team or for the varsity team. He has one career catch during his limited varsity career. I don't expect much from Bell in the passing game. He'll play because he will block and understands the system.
Sophomore Jeff Ejekam is a 6-foot, 199 pound direct admit wide receiver who originally committed to play at Florida Tech before new assistant coach Orlando Mitjans Jr. convinced him to attend West Point. Ejekam lacks deep speed as he runs a 4.69 forty yard dash but he jumps well. He is still very raw as a route runner and needs to improve his blocking. He made a seven yard reception for the Gold team in the spring game. Don't be surprised to see former wide receiver and new free safety Xavier Moss pull double duty and be used in obvious passing situations.
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