Walt Powell, a fourth-round pick from Murray State, is the latest rookie receiver to impress the coaching staff.
"He’s got great hands," Arians said. "He’s playing much faster, now that he knows what to do."
But the coach cautioned that mastering one skill typically isn’t enough, especially for a rookie.
"That fifth receiving job is going to come down to who’s dressing on Sunday because of special teams," Arians said.
In addition to having a terrific pair of receivers in the starting lineup, Arizona has a veteran addition to its pass-catching corps who’s making it tough on the kids, too.
Let’s reintroduce Ted Ginn Jr., whose first official appearance at University of Phoenix Stadium happened on January 8, 2007, and ended rather quickly.
Ginn, a big deal for Ohio State at the time, took Florida’s opening kickoff in the BCS National Championship 93 yards to the south end zone.
Unfortunately, he was injured by overzealous teammates during the celebration of this touchdown and was lost for the game … and so was the Buckeyes’ only speed-related chance to hang with the Gators.
The ninth overall pick (Miami Dolphins) in the 2007 NFL Draft, Ginn’s receiving chops seemed to be forgotten — he caught only 33 passes in three seasons as a San Francisco 49er — until he latched onto 36 balls for the Carolina Panthers last season.
He’s attempting to demonstrate he’s more than a fast guy (4.2 40 coming out of college) who can return kicks.
"He had a great offseason, he’s having a good camp," Arians said of Ginn. "You wonder why the guy hasn’t played more at receiver, other than last year at Carolina.
"I’m really glad we have him. He’s a heck of a kid and he’s having a fantastic camp. He’s really catching the ball well."