Though Jimbo Fisher has been quick to sing his players’ praises in camp this summer, the same cannot be said for his receiving corps. Speaking to Bob Ferrante of the Miami Herald, Fisher was blunt in his assessment of the Seminoles’ receiving game.
“I think the receivers stink,” said Fisher, who didn’t single out a particular receiver. “I ain’t lying. They don’t get open. They ain’t catching the ball. Can’t count on them — right now. As a group.
“No consistency. Too much flash. Make a play or two and then don’t make two plays. Ridiculous.”
ESPN then offered further word from Fisher on the matter, and he went into further detail about how Florida State’s wideouts have dropped too many passes, and he was concerned about how that would affect the collective confidence of quarterbacks Sean Maguire and Everett Golson.
“It makes it hard for them to get in a rhythm [and] hard for them to gain confidence. You throw a ball and a guy [doesn’t] get open or things like that. It’s hard to gain confidence and then you start doubting,” Fisher said.
It’s hard to argue with his sentiment, as Florida State is entering a new era this season now that star quarterback, former Heisman winner and championship winner Jameis Winston is now in the NFL. With the situation at quarterback somewhat unsettled, plus the fact that leading rusher Dalvin Cook is currently on trial for misdemeanor battery and suspended from the team, the receivers should really be stepping up their game.
The fact that last year’s leading receivers Rashad Greene and Nick O’Leary have also left for the NFL makes it all the more important that this year’s squad consists primarily of inexperienced underclassmen, with junior Jesus Wilson and sophomore Travis Rudolph the only players at the position with significant playing time.
Thus, with the team’s season opener against the Sun Belt’s Texas State Bobcats just two weeks away, Florida State’s receivers had best take Fisher’s words seriously and get their heads in the game, as their performance could mean the difference between a mere bowl berth or a spot in the College Football Playoff.
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