Oregon tight end Jacob Breeland suffered a leg injury in Fridays win over Colorado. The extent of the injury is now known, as Mario Cristobal announced the senior tight end will miss the remainder of the season. Cristobal also gave some other injury updates at his weekly press conference. Most notably, Troy Dye and Jevon Holland are full for this week after leaving the win over Colorado
Jacob Breeland to Miss the Season
Impact on Oregon
The Ducks were already thin at tight end. Cam McCormick isn’t going to play this season. And now the loss of Breeland hurts that depth significantly.
Cristobal announced Spencer Webb will move back to tight end. Webb was recruited as a tight end but has been playing receiver because of his versatility. Cristobal also mentioned Patrick Herbert, freshman brother of Justin, will see an increased role. That, however, will force his development to be sped up.
Where to Next?
Breeland had been the main target of Justin Herbert this season. That will obviously have to change. Hunter Kampmoyer will step into the starting role, which won’t be new for him as he has seen plenty of action this season. However, he is much more of a blocker than he is a receiver.
When asked, Cristobal said the team wouldn’t get away from its patented two tight end sets. That means it’s on Webb and Herbert to step up.
Don’t expect anyone to be able to fill in the lost production from this injury. Breeland was having by far the best season of his career. The most important thing for the tight ends stepping up is blocking.
This offense is built around the running game, and if one of the tight ends struggles to block, it hurts the running game.
As far as Herbert losing his go-to target, there are other options on the team. Webb has flashed the ability to be a good pass catcher, but Herbert will have to lean on the wide receiver core a lot more. That’s not the worst thing however, as that unit is healthy and Mycah Pittman and Juwan Johnson look like they can make an impact.
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