- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Receivers are a dime a dozen according to a football adage, but that saying dates back to before the proliferation of pass-happy offenses. In 2014, it's often not enough for a team to have just one quality receiver. Cornerbacks are bigger and stronger than they used to be, and defensive schemes are becoming more complex, allowing defenses to take away a team's best receiving threat.
That is why it's key for a program to have a deep receiving corps, and it is why several ACC teams are spending the early portions of camp trying to establish a starting lineup at receiver.
Florida State lost Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw, and could be forced to rely on a freshman to step into a starting role beginning with the season opener. Miami has a talented duo in Phillip Dorsett and Stacy Coley, but the Canes' offensive staff needs his receivers to be consistent catching the football. Pittsburgh lost it's all-time leader in receptions and might need a freshman to draw coverage away from sophomore star Tyler Boyd. Virginia's receivers have not reached the standard level of play the coaching staff expects. And Clemson is replacing arguably the country's best receiver and the guy who used to throw him the ball. It is going to take some time for the new Tigers quarterback and receivers to get on the same page after such limited playing time the past few years.
The first handful of links Friday focus on the receivers in the ACC.
Speed is great for receivers, but, ultimately, Miami knows it comes down to catching the ball. No one knows who the quarterback will be yet, but Jake Heaps and Brad Kaaya looked good in practice Thursday.
Florida State needs a No. 2 receiver to emerge, as the No. 1 spot is locked down by Rashad Greene.
Pitt has a large contingent of receivers, but one needs to step up as the No. 3.
Virginia receivers are keeping quiet, because they don't have the stats to back up any talk just yet.
Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt and his receivers are still building a rapport.
A preseason breakdown of Virginia Tech's linebackers.
Freshman quarterback Reggie Bonnafon is now practicing with the Louisville veterans.
Breaking down the Power autonomy ruling and what it means.
Duke players and coaches react to Power 5 autonomy.
FSU athletic director Stan Wilcox is happy with the autonomy vote.
A closer look at N.C. State's scheduling process and philosophy.
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