A look at spring ball – WR and TE

A look at spring ball – Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

Pitt goes into spring ball needing to get a lot of work done with its wide receiver core.  The Panthers lost both their outstanding starting receivers from a year ago and both Antonio Bryant and RJ English will be very difficult, if not impossible, to replace.  Some Panthers fans are just waiting for super recruits Larry Fitzgerald and Princell Brockenbrough to arrive in the fall for help, but I believe that it is the wrong to wait for two weeks of fall camp and hope those two can pick things up quickly and produce right away. For one, what if Princell, who just had ACL reconstructive surgery in December, isn't ready to go at the beginning of the season? What if Fitzgerald sprains an ankle?  Then they would be back to square one. Pitt returns three WR's with game experience.  Lamar Slade, 6-4 210, a senior who has played well up to this point, but is mainly a possession type WR. Rosie Bynes, 6-1 175, who played as a true freshmen last year and caught a TD pass on his first career catch and Yogi Roth, a 5-9 170 junior, who has good hands, but is primarily a possession type WR also. Donny Patrick a 6-2 205 redshirt sophomore is another candidate for playing time and Pitt really needs him to step up his play. The one receiver who has a chance to really surprise is redshirt freshmen Joe Stephens, a 6-0 180 speedster from Tampa, Florida. He has a lot of tools, but the word is he needs to work on his concentration to hold onto the ball. Slade, Bynes, Roth, Stephens, and Patrick are the main players, and there is a good chance that one of more players may get moved to WR at spring ball to see what they can do. Darren McCray, a 5-9 190 speedy running back recruit from St. Petersburg, Florida who was redshirted last year could be one possibility for a move if he doesn't end up at RB or on defense. Others that have been rumored are JJ Horne, Marcus Furman and William Ferguson but I cant see any of them being moved from where they are playing now. The best-case scenario would be for Bynes and Stephens to step up their play to join Slade who is already a solid WR and not just hope and wait for the two super recruits to come and save the day.  At Tight End, Pitt has Kris Wilson, a 6-3 240 redshirt junior who has already been selected by The Sporting news as an early pre-season 1st team All-Big East Tight End.  Kris is an excellent Tight End who will only get better. He has great hands to go with his improving blocking. He will be joined by 6-5 245 redshirt freshmen Eric Gill who was a High School All-American and was selected as the offensive MVP of all the redshirting players. Chris Curd a 6-3 230 redshirt junior will also be in the mix. He is a cross between a WR and a TE, but has a chance to get some playing time with the graduation of Brennan Carroll. The tight end position should be as strong as it has ever been in recent memory and should greatly help our passing game as the WR's gain experience.

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