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Chris Brown and Everett Golson chat during Saturday's practice.
Heading into fall camp, the overly general assumption was that the wide receiver position was DaVaris Daniels and “everybody else.”
But junior Chris Brown has started strong in camp—following a solid spring—and could team up with Daniels to form the top-two wide receivers.
With Daniels somewhat limited through the first week of fall camp with a groin issue, Brown has really stood out, according to Kelly.
“He was clearly this week our best receiver consistently,” Kelly said Saturday, mentioning Brown’s route-running and releases.
As for what prompted Brown’s development, Kelly pointed to two specific factors.
“I think it started with first we had a great mentor in TJ Jones,” Kelly said. “I think [Brown] saw the growth in TJ and kind of mirrored that and saw an opportunity there when DaVaris was not with us [in the spring], Chris really by de facto was the veteran of that group. So he was put in a leadership position in the spring and really kind of took off.”
Expect Daniels to still be the top target. But if Brown can settle in as a reliable second option, the Irish offense should be more dynamic.