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Bye week grades: Wide receivers

10/1/2012

WIDE RECEIVERS

Grade: B-

Summary: Notre Dame's wide receivers haven't been bad. Frankly, they haven't had too many chances to make huge plays. Nor have the Irish really needed them to. But someone has to step up. Tyler Eifert has been the focus of opposing defenses, and when that happens, someone must get open. Notre Dame's leading receiver is DaVaris Daniels, who probably has the most upside of any receiver on the roster but also left the Purdue game with an ankle sprain and barely played the next weekend at Michigan State. Daniels has 159 receiving yards for the season. Robby Toma, T.J. Jones and John Goodman have all been solid. The group is just lacking that extra little something it had in the past with Michael Floyd. And much of that falls on the quarterback position, too. No one is expecting any of these players to emerge as a first-round draft pick the way that Floyd did, but having a true No. 1 threat could make life much easier for whoever is under center.

The backups: Chris Brown has great speed and is a capable deep threat -- the quarterback just has to hit him with the ball. Davonte Neal is going to be a very good player but has too many older guys with similar body types in front of him.

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