UA spring preview: WRs and TEs

March 19, 2017

A quick look at the Crimson Tide's spring transition at the wide receiver and tight end positions:

 

Moving on: TE O.J. Howard, TE Brandon Greene, WR ArDarius Stewart, WR Gehrig Dieter

Moving fast: WR Calvin Ridley

Moving up: WR Cam Sims, WR Trevon Diggs, TE Miller Forristall, TE Hale Hentges

Moving in: WR Jerry Jeudy, WR Tyrell Shavers

Don't forget: WR Robert Foster, TE Irv Smith Jr.

 

Overview: This is an area where the Crimson Tide coaching staff has to feel good about its returning production and talent. That's not to understate the loss of Stewart and Howard, but there are plenty of promising options returning for QB Jalen Hurts. It starts, of course, with RIdley, who will be the centerpiece of the receiving corps. If Hurts' deep-ball accuracy improves this spring, as it needs to, Ridley should return to being more of the vertical threat he was in 2015. With Cam Sims and Trevon Diggs showing enough flashes last year to be potential No. 2 receivers, it's now or never for Robert Foster. At tight end, Forristall figures to be a bigger part of the passing attack this year, taking on some of the production Howard provided.

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