Throughout the entire spring, Kelly and offensive coordinator and receivers coach Mike Denbrock stayed away from naming specific receivers who were stepping up and separating themselves from the rest of the pack. It’s a deep group, but right now it appears to be a fairly even competition.
Consistency has been the key for the entire team and, specifically, the receivers, something that’s been harped on all spring by coaches and players alike.
Kelly was pleased with what he saw on Saturday.
“We were looking for a little bit more consistency from our wide receivers,” Kelly said. “[Junior slot receiver] C.J. Prosise was not, in my opinion, having great practices and today he showed. He flashed today.
“I thought we had some consistency across the board other than [junior receiver] Chris Brown's drop on a drive route right before the half. We had some consistency at the wide receiver position. So I think we answered some questions there.”
Some questions, yes, but Kelly reiterated there’s a long way to go. He said the separation at the position likely won’t come during summer workouts because many of the players still need a lot of development.
Kelly also mentioned they’re “very hopeful” that DaVaris Daniels will be able to return for the upcoming season. Still, the current group is lodged in a competitive situation, and Kelly seemed confident the concern would take care of itself.
“You've got a half-dozen guys there that can compete,” said Kelly. “So what's going to be the deciding factor for me is, I'm not settled on any one of those guys right now. I think it will be a very competitive situation. I think they are going to push each other and we're going to be the beneficiary.”