Three takeaways on Jordan Addison’s transfer from Pitt to USC

Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison runs the ball against Boston College in October.

Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison runs the ball against Boston College in October.

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Let’s start with the obvious: London was an impressive 6-foot 4,220-pound jumping machine with the physicality of a small NBA striker and a ridiculous catch beam to boot. Addison is four inches shorter, nearly 50 pounds lighter, and an almost unstoppable deep threat that could dust London in a foot race.

By virtue of these different abilities, their roles are bound to look very different in USC’s offense. Where London spent most of its time lining up outside for USC last season, Addison did most of her damage to Pitt – 68% of the shots – from the slot, according to Pro Football Focus.

Both took passes all over the pitch, while the attacks from USC and Pitt made concerted efforts to produce touches and put the ball in the hands of their best player.

But while Addison has vindicated her claim to be one of the nation’s most dangerous deep threats, scoring 10 touchdowns of over 20 yards, London has been fielded far more often within 10 yards. Sixty-five percent of London receptions last season came within 10 yards or behind the scrimmage line.

Addison may not be the same imposing physical presence as London, but he’s not listless when it comes to taking passes in traffic. He had 15 contested catches last season, according to Pro Football Focus, just two fewer than London, which led the nation despite playing only eight games.

It is still unclear how USC intends to implement its new top receiver. But it’s safe to assume that the strategy will look a bit different than last season.

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