It is no secret that Ahmmon Richards is the go-to guy for the Hurricanes at the receiver position. When healthy, he is the most dynamic receiver that Miami has had quite possibly since Andre Johnson (no joke). However, who will now be the number-two guy beside him?
Gone is Braxton Berrios, and gone is Christopher Herndon IV. Between those two are 95 catches and 13 touchdowns. Gone is 42% of the Hurricanes receptions in 2017.
That being said, with those two gone to the NFL, what Miami does have is options and weapons.
Lawrence Cager will most likely be the number two guy for Malik Rosier (or whoever Miami’s quarterback will be). A year after tearing his ACL, Cager showed signs of promise and potential. Physically he’s a nightmare for cornerbacks, presenting his 6”5 frame.
In 2017, Cager caught just 16 passes in 10 starts, though he had three touchdowns, same amount as Richards. However, coaches have been frustrated with his inability to play to his size. If the Junior can work on that, expect a breakout 2018 for him.
Jeff Thomas is explosive, plain and simple. He’s also had a great spring, impressing coaches with his ability to run across the field as the slot receiver.
As only a freshman in 2017, Thomas caught 17 passes for over 300 yards, and also found the end zone twice. Though he doesn't size up to Cager, with Thomas only standing at 5”10, what the coaches are really drooling over is his speed. One aspect of Thomas’ game that coaches want to see improve is his route running, so look for that over the summer.
There is also Darrell Langham. Now, Langham was Miami’s most clutch player of 2017, grabbing memorable moments against FSU and Georgia Tech. Other than that, he had a forgettable season with not too much to take note from.
Like Cager, Langham also possesses an advantage, his size, standing at 6”4.
At the tight end position, Miami does a have an incoming freshman that could make an impact as the number-two weapon. Brevin Jordan, who is arriving in the summer, expect him to become a star.
The number one tight end recruit out of Las Vegas, Jordan is likely to replace Michael Irvin II as the starter at that position. Jordan had over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns his Senior year, and the Hurricanes are expecting big things from him.
Other recievers are there for Miami, like Irvin and also Mike Harley. Harley will most likely become the new slot receiver for the Hurricanes if Thomas moves up in the position. Also a loaded incoming freshman class presents a bright future at the receiver position.
However, experience is what these other guys bring for the number-two position.
Luckily for Miami, this situation isn't new to them. In 2017, the Canes faced the same problem, trying to replace David Njoku and Stacy Coley. Their solution to that problem was found in Berrios and Herndon.