After NSD: A look at the WR position

If you are going to be a spread offense, you are going to need quality depth at the receiver position. Cincinnati will have a plethora of options come the 2012 season.

If you are going to be a spread offense, you are going to need quality depth at the receiver position. Cincinnati will have a plethora of options come the 2012 season.

INCUMBANTS: Kenbrell Thompkins, Damon Julian, Anthony McClung, Dyjuan Lewis, Chris Moore, Alex Chisum, Shaquille Washington, Travis Kelce (TE), Demetrius Robinson (TE), Blake Annen (TE)

SIGNEES: Jeremy Graves, Nate Cole, Shakim Alonzo, Leviticus Payne

Of the 13 players that recorded a reception in 2011, the Bearcats return 10 – including three of the top 5. The top two threats, McClung and Thompkins, combined for eight of the team's 10 touchdowns. Lewis, who was the top member of the 2010 class, couldn't crack the lineup in his first season.

Washington played the first five games of the season before falling out of the rotation, and wasn't on the team for the Liberty Bowl. He is still enrolled at Cincinnati, and is working his way back on the team.

The biggest impact of this group could be Chris Moore. The freshman receiver was lost for the season following a preseason injury, and if returns to form, will be a dynamic option. It's going to be very difficult for any of the freshmen to hit the gridiron this season, but Alonzo at 6-5 could prove to be a capable red zone option.

MY TAKE: This group needs to be more explosive for the Bearcats and the addition of Moore should help. Thompkins needs to be more consistent or will find himself falling down the depth chart. This group will be more productive vertically for Cincinnati.


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