The Clemson Tigers are losing major pieces of their offense this offseason with both Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins taking their talents to the NFL. Clemson has become one of the most explosive offensive teams in the country over the last few seasons but have their work cut out for them if they hope to keep that trend going in 2014. One of the key pieces for the Tigers’ continued offensive proficiency is wide receiver Charone Peake returning from injury and becoming a go-to playmaker next fall.
It will be near impossible for anyone to match the one-0f-a-kind talent of Watkins in 2014 but Peake will have to provide some relief in the passing game for the Tigers next fall. He flashed some of his ability in 2013, ranking as the second leading receiver on the team behind Watkins before suffering a season-ending ACL tear in a non-contact drill during practice. He finished the year with eight catches for 84 yards and a touchdown in just two games.
But with Watkins gone, the Clemson passing game needs someone to step up and provide a big-play threat. Peake has shown the ability to be that kind of game-changer for the Clemson offense, though he will have to prove that he is back 100 percent healthy in 2014 and ready to challenge defenses over the top. His production will be central to the success of the offense as they try and maintain their offensive momentum without the efforts of Boyd and Watkins.
For Clemson to compete once again in the ACC in 2014, they have to get some players to step up and lead this team. Charone Peake has the skills to be one of those players. Can he bounce back and be the playmaker the Tigers need next season?