Tyler Ervin was a bit of a disappointment in his rookie year in 2016. The shifty running back out of San Jose State never really found a role in the offense despite being a fourth-round pick. Ervin was uneven in the return game, too; the rookie finished 8th in punt return average but his 18.8 yards per kick return would have ranked near the bottom of the league if he had enough attempts to qualify.
That makes this summer vitally important for Ervin. After the team drafted D’Onta Foreman and brought in the stylistically similar Dare Ogunbowale after the draft, the pressure is on Ervin to prove he belongs in the deep steel blue and battle red.
Coach Bill O’Brien was asked about Ervin’s progress after Sunday’s practice session. The coach seems to like what he’s seen so far in West Virginia.
“When we drafted him out of San Jose, he was a versatile guy there,” O’Brien responded to the reporter’s question. “He was a guy that played in the backfield, he played as a receiver. He has good hands. He’s a very, very bright guy. He’s a hard working guy. So, there’s a lot of different things, and we’re still figuring out what we’re going to do with him.”
The coach continued,
“He’s a running back, he’s in the running back room, but I think he’s the type of guy – special teams, good returner. So, he’s a guy that when he’s healthy and ready to go, which he’s been, knock on wood, since OTAs. He’s had a good spring and a good training camp so far. He’s going to help our team.”
Ervin will need to maintain the positive vibes as training camp progresses into the preseason, but it’s nice to see the second-year back off to a solid start.
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