PITTSBURGH — Pitt’s 2019 offense is going to be different under new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, that much we can be pretty sure of.
How much different is it going to be? And what is it going to look like?
Those questions won’t be answered until we see it between the sidelines on Saturday night.
But practice can provide a window into what the Panthers are looking to do. Whipple’s drills have the quarterbacks working on short and long passes to running backs and tight ends and lots of quick routes to wide receivers that can get the ball in their hands and let them make plays.
That could be a good thing for a Pitt wide receivers corps that has always had speed and size. Players like Aaron Mathews and Dontavius Butler-Jenkins can break tackles in the secondary. Maurice Ffrench thrives on making men miss in open field.
Kenny Pickett has always done well when he is able to get into a passing rhythm, and the number of short-drop passes attempted seems to be hinting that is a goal.
Of course, if you’ve seen any highlights from his time at UMass, Whipple loves the deep ball, too.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
Heres’s a sampling of what the receivers are working on in the lead-up to week one in today’s sights and sounds.
MOVING ON OVER
Pitt freshman Jason Collier worked as a tackle, not as a tight end on Tuesday. He already has the size for the position and Kyi Wright’s move from linebacker to tight end has given the Panthers enough depth at that spot.
Collier worked with the third-team line at right tackle.
V’Lique Carter is not on Pitt’s Week 1 depth chart, leading some to question what kind of role he’s going to have after moving to running back this offseason.
Well, what role he’s going to have is still up in the air, but Carter was working with the first group of backs in drills, even ahead of starter A.J. Davis at times, so it seems pretty clear that he’s ticketed for some playing time.
Wide receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis, who also was not listed, worked out, but at the end of the line behind the walk-ons, a sign that he might not be 100 percent.