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Despite Depth, Issues Remain at WR

I wrote about the depth at wide receiver in Friday’s paper, but Coach Ralph Friedgen delved a little more into the subject Thursday evening. It’s interesting. There is depth, and there is little separation among the top 10 wide receivers or so, but some guys also have not lived up to Friedgen’s expectations so far.

Friedgen said returning starter Torrey Smith has not played as well as he thought he would in camp. The same goes for Kevin Dorsey.

“They can play better,” Friedgen said. “I don’t know what it is, but they are not playing as well as they are capable of playing right now.”

Friedgen said Quinton McCree, who had that great performance in the spring game, gets open a lot but has dropped too many balls.

Friedgen said he really thought Dorsey would be more of a factor, but for whatever reason he has struggled getting off the press. Dorsey made a couple plays Thursday, which Friedgen said was a good sign.

Friedgen said Tony Logan has done a good jump returning punts but has not made a lot of plays.

Friedgen added that Ronnie Tyler and LaQuan Williams have played well and are battling each other for a starting position.

Adrian Cannon has impressed Friedgen more than any other wide receiver. Cannon has strong hands and when he catches the ball he is making guys miss.

“At one time I didn’t know whether he ran well enough,” Friedgen said. “He is probably 4.5 and change [in the 40-yard dash]. But he has good quickness. And he is big and strong. He gets a lot of jump balls.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 21, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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