Oregon tight finish Patrick Herbert suffered a knee damage this previous weekend that may sideline him for “some time,” in accordance with Mario Cristobal. Herbert had beforehand missed all the 2020 season attributable to a knee damage, and he appeared in only one sport in 2019 attributable to damage.
Cristobal advised reporters Monday that the damage was a “good knee damage”, however didn’t delve a lot additional into the severity of it. Herbert had been taking part in nicely in fall camp and carried out notably nicely within the spring.
“We be ok with the depth there, however we’re definitely gonna miss Patrick as a result of he was taking part in nice soccer for us coming off of a knee damage,” Cristobal stated. “He is simply extra bodily, operating routes very well, and he is at all times had nice fingers. However once more, simply after being right here a few years, he was getting accustomed and taking part in at a excessive degree.”
The Geese can have DJ Johnson and Cam McCormick again within the combine, together with Spencer Webb and true freshmen Terrance Ferguson and Moliki Matavao. Regardless of Herbert’s damage, Cristobal and his workers are comfy with the depth and expertise on the tight finish place.
Though the Geese have a strong group of tight ends that may fill in for Herbert, the information continues to be robust given his damage historical past and the way promising his season seemed to be. Within the spring, Herbert earned reps with the starters together with Webb. He stated he had improved his footwork and that he was extra of a blocker than a route-runner in comparison with when he arrived in Eugene.
Herbert seemed able to be a beginning tight finish for the Geese and at last present Geese followers the type of participant he’s. On the identical time, doorways have opened for McCormick to make a big impression after lacking the final three seasons attributable to damage, in addition to for the younger weapons, Ferguson and Matavao, to contribute straight away.
Cristobal stated Monday that after watching movie of the scrimmage that the tight finish group “actually stood out.”
“With out query, I believe that tight finish crew actually stood out, and never simply within the passing sport, however within the run sport as nicely.”
Johnson was primarily the Geese beginning tight finish final season together with Hunter Kampmoyer. If he will get in control after lacking a lot of the offseason program, he and Webb might be within the lead for the beginning tight finish function.
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