It’s hard to get good stuff out of Ole Miss wide receivers coach Grant Heard, but the beat writer group was fairly successful with that Tuesday afternoon.
Laquon Treadwell took pride in his blocking, which was somewhat unusual for wide receivers. Part of yesterday’s discussion was about blocking among receivers moving forward.
Usually you’ll hear all coaches stress the importance of blocking at all times. Blocking by the skill guys can be a Kumbaya moment. Of course you’ve got to get in the way of defenders to help any play be successful, but running backs and receivers blocking also lets the skill guys show they are good teammates for the offensive linemen who don’t get the yards and touchdowns and therefore often do not get the same attention.
I gave Heard the opportunity to stress the importance of blocking by his players, but, apparently it’s not that important to Heard.
“Blocking is a want-to. It’s a matter of them putting their face in there and saying, My man is not going to make the play.’ There’s some technique stuff you can get, but it really comes down to a matter of want. The guys they’ll be blocking are probably bigger than they saw in high school. Once they get over that, the fact that they’re just as big, just as strong, they’ll be fine.”
So will average or sub-standard blocking keep any receiver out of the playing rotation?
“Depends on how many touchdowns they’re catching,” Heard said.