Notre Dame has plenty of experienced receivers returning, but none can fill the void that Michael Floyd leaves behind.
In Floyd's absence, the Irish will turn to a committee approach. No receiver currently on the team can match Floyd's skill set, so Brian Kelly will mix and match his players to fit the situation.
The most irreplaceable piece of Floyd's game was his ability to stretch defenses deep. No other Notre Dame pass-catcher has that skill; last season, no Irish receiver averaged better than 13 yards per catch.
That's where Justin Ferguson fits in.
Ferguson has the speed to get deep, as well as the height, strength and hands to bring the ball down. He won't start right away, but he'll have plenty of situational opportunities to get behind the defense.