Jan 30, 2016; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad wide receiver Charone Peake of Clemson (9) gets past the tackle of North squad player Deiondre
Entering his rookie season with the New York Jets, wide receiver Charone Peake is ready to prove to the football masses that he can be a receiving threat and help his team succeed.
In what has been a non-budging situation by both the New York Jets and journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, it seems the headlines of who’s going to man the line of scrimmage in 2016 is still up in the air. However, while that topic of discussion is being resolved, there are other things to look forward to heading into training camp.
Looking at their seventh-round pick wide receiver Charone Peake, former Clemson Tiger, it’s worth mentioning that there’s a lot potential for this pick to pan out. He’s got the height, size and speed of an NFL-ready receiver. The question remains to be seen of whether or not, he can make the adjustment to the next level after battling from a major injury.
He was ranked highly out of high school, and in the couple of seasons he got to play full time in college. He displayed high potential, catching for 716 yards on 50 receptions his final year.
Heading into training camp, Peake as of now is probably listed as the No. 4 wideout after Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Devin Smith. He’ll most likely have to shadow Marshall and Decker, but that’s not to say it’s a bad thing. It will give him time to ease into the system, learn the playbook and learn from two of the top wideouts in the NFL. Not to mention, he can learn a thing or two from going head-to-head with Darrelle Revis in practice.
We’ll have to see what kind of impact he can make if he’s given a chance. Here are the top five facts to know about Peake heading into the regular season.
Next: 5. Graduated with a PRTM degree
Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Charone Peake (19) warms up before playing against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
5. Graduated with a PRTM degree
Peake graduated from Clemson with a PRTM degree (Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Management) in 2014. This program teaches students to study, “human behaviors and settings as they relate to the provision and management of leisure experiences, services, and therapeutic interventions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors,” according to their school page.
This could suggest that he’s a big fan of the Parks and Recreation show or maybe he’s just a liberal individual with possibly great awareness to his environment. Either way it sounds like this program may have taught the rookie how to be a responsible and attentive individual, which are traits that will bode well in an NFL locker room.
Next: 4. Averaged 14.3 yards per catch his final season
Dec 31, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Charone Peake (19) reacts after a big gain against the Oklahoma Sooners in the second quarter of the 2015 CFP Semifinal at the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
4. Averaged 14.3 yards per catch his final season
Peake had at least one reception in all but one of the Tiger’s game last season. His biggest game came against Syracuse in which he caught 120 yards on seven receptions and scored a touchdown.
It remains to be seen what kind of an impact Peake will have on the Jets going forward, but if his final season was any indication of what kind of player he can be, it’ll be welcoming for Gang Green.
Next: 3. Peake comes with some high game-level experience
Sep 5, 2015; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Charone Peake (19) carries the ball during the first half against the Wofford Terriers at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
3. Peake comes with some high game-level experience
He’s currently the only Clemson wideout to play in two ACC title games, 2011 and 2015, and winning both times. He also played in the Orange Bowl in 2012 against West Virginia, and the Senior Bowl in 2016.
For what it’s worth, it’s a feat that not even some of his former teammates, Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins and Martavis Bryant accomplished. He’s been in some high-pressure games and knows how to handle the adversity.
Next: 2. A highly recruited player coming out of high school
2. A highly recruited player coming out of high school
Peake had made some noise for himself during his high school days. ESPN had him as high as the the second best wideout in the country entering college, and the No. 1414 player overall.
He helped his high school, Dorman High School, reach the state championship game in 2010 and was highly sought after.
Next: 1. Made the Biletnikoff Award Watch List heading into 2013
Sep 5, 2015; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Germone Hopper (5) and wide receiver Charone Peake (19) celebrate after the play during the first half against the Wofford Terriers at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
1. Made the Biletnikoff Award Watch List heading into 2013
There were some expectations for the then junior to become an essential piece for the Clemson offense after his teammate Hopkins left for the NFL. As a sophomore, Peake had 25 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns, and was on the best receiver list in the nation along with Watkins.
Unfortunately, Peake suffered a torn ACL injury during team practice and was forced to miss the rest of the 2013 season. He played in just two games before the injury, catching for 84 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions. It’s a great unknown of what a healthy Peake could have done that season—maybe for the Jets’ sake it will serve best left unknown.