Clemson Football: Don’t discount the talented WRs on the roster

Amari Rodgers Clemson Tigers (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Amari Rodgers Clemson Tigers (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Clemson football still has talent at the wide receiver position

The Clemson football team suffered a devastating blow when it was announced that WR Justyn Ross would be having surgery on his spine and wouldn’t be available at least for the 2020 season.

There’s no doubt that Ross was slated to have a big year. Many had pegged him as one of the true breakout players nationally for 2020 and there was overarching thought that Ross could work himself up into the first-round with a solid performance this season.

With him gone, Clemson football will have to rely upon several young Tigers who haven’t been given quite the amount of experience as what Ross would’ve brought to the team.

While the inexperience is concerning- after all, RB Travis Etienne is now the leading returning receiver- Clemson football fans shouldn’t forget about the talent at the position.

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Don’t discount names like Frank Ladson Jr. and Joseph Ngata when talking about this upcoming season.

Ladson and Ngata were both used sparingly as freshmen, but there’s no doubt that they have the talent to compete. Ngata is a big-bodied receiver who can go up and high-point the football. He was primed to become the eventual starter at boundary after Ross, but now he’ll be given his opportunity a little earlier.

Ladson is also a big body who is able to do a plethora of different things. He’s a solid route-runner, can make plays with his speed and can go up and beat defensive backs in one-on-one situations when tasked to do so.

In addition to having two talented 5-stars in Ladson and Ngata, Clemson still returns Amari Rodgers– an explosive play-maker- and veteran Cornell Powell– who is poised to take over the slot position.

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Clemson will rely on freshman E.J. Williams and redshirt freshman Brannon Spector, potentially even freshman Ajou Ajou, to build depth at the position, but Tiger fans should make no mistake: There’s still plenty of talent available for Tyler Grisham and that Clemson offense to utilize.