Projected depth chart (returning starters in italics)
1. Tyler Boyd, So., 6-2, 185 lbs
2. Kevin Weatherspoon, Sr., 5-10, 175 lbs
3. Ronald Jones, RS Jr., 5-8, 170 lbs
4. Chris Wuestner, RS So., 6-2, 205 lbs
5. Dontez Ford, RS So., 6-2, 200 lbs
6. Zach Challingsworth, RS Fr., 6-2, 185 lbs
7. Jester Weah, RS Fr., 6-3, 190 lbs
8. Adonis Jennings, Fr., 6-3, 190 lbs
9. Elijah Zeise, Fr., 6-2, 185 lbs
10. Jaquan Davidson, Fr., 6-2, 173 lbs
That depth chart up above is based on relative experience coming into the spring (keep in mind the freshmen on the bottom won't be here until June), but, really, the wide receiver depth chart might as well by Boyd and the a whole bunch of question marks. We know Tyler Boyd is coming back as one of the best receivers in the ACC, but part of the reason Boyd was so effective last season is that he had Devin Street to draw some coverages away from him. One of the big storylines this spring, summer and all the way up to next season will be who will seize the starting job opposite Street. Let's take a look at some of the contenders.
First, Kevin Weatherspoon is the most experienced guy coming back. He didn't have a catch coming into 2013, but had 14 grabs this past season (including a huge diving catch by the sideline to seal the win against Duke). Weatherspoon isn't the flashiest receiver on the roster, but there's something to be said for a guy with experience (especially with a coach like Chyrst, who values guys being able to execute their assignments). Ultimately, I see Weatherspoon's role probably being an expanded version of what he did this year. He's a reliable guy who probably fits best in the slot, rather than on the outside.
Ronald Jones and Dontez Ford are similar situations in that neither one played in 2013, but both practiced with the team. I know the staff has been very high on what Jones has done in practice and his attitude coming off the season-long suspension. I suspect he'll definitely be in the mix for playing time in 2014. Pitt fans have a bit of an idea about Jones (a smaller guy who, again, probably fits best in the slot). Ford is a bit more of a mystery. He has the size to play outside, but it's tough to say exactly how he fits into the offense because he spent pretty much all of 2013 (except for the bowl games, and we didn't get to watch practice) on the scout team. That'll be something to watch the spring.
Christ Wuestner probably has the best prototypical size for an outside guy, but only had one catch in 2013. He didn't get a ton of targets, but never seemed to come down with the ones he did get.
The final grouping is the two redshirt freshmen, Challingsworth and Weah. Challingsworth drew some rave reviews from coaches (and from Boyd) for his work during bowl practice last season, and Weah might be one of the most athletic guys on the team. Redshirt guys are always a bit of an enigma because they didn't get a ton of first-team work last season, but these two guys will be interesting to watch in the spring as they work with the first team.