VIDEO: Yarber on Receivers

Receivers coach Eric Yarber talks about Eldridge Massington's development, what he thinks of Kenny Walker, and how Mossi Johnson has improved him so far...

Eric Yarber:


On Eldridge Massington:
He's coming along and transitioning pretty good. Just need him to play faster and stop thinking. Sometimes he's got paralysis by analysis and plays a little slower. But when he knows what he's doing and knows his assignments, he's playing pretty well.

On Massington's physicality:
No doubt, at his break point, instead of letting the defensive back determine his breaks, he's running through shoulders and trying to create separation and trying to play big. He's 6-3, 215, he's got to play that way. He's not a possession guy, he's going to be an over the top guy. He could be a weapon in the red zone because of his body structure and he can hold defenders off. Hopefully he'll be that deep threat we really need.

On Kenny Walker:
Pure adulterated speed. Or unadulterated speed. Last year his progress was stunted by that injury, and he had a litttle setback. He's learning the receiver position again. Before he got hurt, he was about to spring board. Now, he's taken over from where he left off before the injury and getting better every day. Playing with his hips over like a football guy. Once in a while, he talks about it (the injury), but he's 100%. He's learning very well. Just like Jalen Ortiz, those guys were running backs in high school, but they're very athletic. Now they're getting the no-hows.

On Mossi Johnson:
Mossi, we recruited him as an athlete, we knew he could go on either side of the ball. What he is, is a true football player. You put him in the slot or put him outside, he's going to make plays with his athleticism. If you put him on defense, he'll find ways to make plays. He's a football player and you're not going to find many like him. He worked his tail off to come back. You couldn't tell he had an injury. He can put either foot in the ground and change direction. It's not like a lingering, effect on the injury. And it's good to see how he recovered. Most people when they have an injury and they put on that knee brace, they drag their leg. And he hasn't had any effects from it. He sticks his foot in the ground, changes direction and hustles all over the field. I don' t have to coach effort from him, I just have to coach technique. He was coached very hard in high school. Country coaching don't bother him.

On Devin Fuller:
Devin Fuller is progressing well also. I have a lot of guys who played other positions. He's learning receiver fundamentals. He's doing a pretty good job.

On Devin Lucien:
I try to tell Devin to speak softly and carry a big stick. If you're good, people are going to notice you. You don't have to tell them how good you are. And one thing I'm so proud of is he's becoming a student of the game. He's trying to become what Shaq was last year, learning the big picture of an offense- why am I running a route this way, why am I stemming a guy, why do I have outside release. He's trying to learn the game and big picture. He's not looking at that little 12 inch TV any more, now he's looking at that 52-inch TV.


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