Just like a RB is more than just taking the handoff and hitting the hole, a WR is much more than running a slant and catching the ball. There is a learning curve that these young guys have to go through, especially at Bama before they earn Saban's trust. We all naturally compare these newer guys to the class of Jeudy, Smith, and Ruggs... but go back and look at their freshman year stats. There's some re-writing of history taking place... they had to grow into the positions too, and they are arguably the best WR trio ever signed in a class (anywhere). Example, Smith played in 8 games and had 8 receptions (including a pretty big one against UGA). They were all much more reliable near the end of the year... we are seeing the same from some of the FR WR's now... guys like Bond and Law (who has been limited along with Aaron Anderson because of injury). I will say the play of the upperclassmen WR has been concerning. Just way too much inconsistency overall and it's made things difficult for Bryce, although he covers up a lot of it. It's been beaten to death, but they haven't been helped out by O'Brien's route trees and play calls. Still, they've had difficulty catching the ball and making adjustments when needed. I should add, while he's taken his lumps from fans, Saban is a big fan of Ja'Corey Brooks (and has openly said as much).