Watch this video. Now this one. Going into the Washington game, in the two games that De’Anthony Thomas has missed since sustaining an ankle injury on the opening kickoff vs Cal, Bralon Addison had touched the ball 12 times, scored four TDs, and amassed 321 yards. The sophomore had three scores of 67+ yards (and one of 44) and paired perfectly with Josh Huff to create a dangerous 1-2 punch of deep threats in the passing game. Yesterday afternoon, in the hostile environment of Husky Stadium, he added eight receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
Having multiple receivers who can line up all over the field and be consistent play-makers is a true luxury, and that’s exactly what the Ducks have in Addison, Huff and Thomas (when he’s healthy). When DAT returns it may cut into Addison’s production a bit, but I expect him to consistently average 5-9 touches per game the rest of the season. He has proven that he’s a top-tier athlete and punt returner, and I only expect him to continue growing into his role as a wide receiver who consistently runs good routes and stretches the defense.
Looking ahead, Addison should seize the role as the Ducks’ No. 1 receiver after this season and emerge as a potential All Pac-12 type of player. Last night was the first time he’s ever had more than six receptions in a game, so we’ll know he is truly an integral part of the offense as he progresses towards 10+ targets per game. Right now, he plays well off of Huff and the Ducks’ physical tight ends, but in order to prove he’s an NFL talent, he’ll have to show that he can find space consistently and run precise routes when defenses begin scheming against him. If he shows that he’s more than just an athlete, he could become a player similar to Seattle’s Golden Tate or Green Bay’s Randall Cobb.