It’s hard to not shut up about good the group of wide receivers is over at Toledo. Even with all of the attention that unit is getting, now’s a good time to be optimistic on tight end Jordan Fisher.
Fisher was a full-time starter at tight end for the Rockets as a redshirt-sophomore, filling in for Michael Roberts who was drafted by the Detroit Lions. As a senior, Roberts caught 45 passes for 533 yards and scored a team-best 16 times.
Fisher wasn’t used quite as heavily in his first full season. In most games, Fisher would catch somewhere between 1-3 passes, but had a career day against Northern Illinois with six receptions for 102 yards. His 20 catches on the year (295 yards, 0 touchdowns) was just as many as running back Terry Swanson had, tied for fifth on the team, while sharing some playing time with Drew Rosi.
Even though the receiving staff of Diontae Johnson, Jon’Vea Johnson, Cody Thompson and Danzel McKinley-Lewis all coming back, Toledo may want to switch things up and try to get Fisher the ball more in the red zone. At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Fisher’s a bigger body than just about anybody else split out at receiver for the Rockets. Spit-balling here: if Toledo wanted to go to it more often, Fisher could line up as a receiver opposite of Thompson (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) with Rosi positioned as a traditional lineman. This would give [whoever wins the Toledo quarterback battle] two big, athletic options for jump balls in the back corner of each side of the end zone.
While last year didn’t feature any touchdowns from Fisher, there was enough to see that he’s athletic enough to hold down his receiving tight end role. Out of high school (Leesburg, Va.; Tuscarora), Fisher was a high two-star recruit as a listed wide receiver and outside linebacker with a 40 time of 4.59.