As you might have guessed, life without Malcolm Mitchell will be a tough adjustment for Aaron Murray. However, it’s nothing he hasn’t dealt with before.
Last season he lost both Michael Bennett and Marlon Brown to torn ACL’s, while having to share Mitchell with the defensive unit due to deficiencies in the secondary.
In 2011, Mitchell was phenomenal through the first four games of the season (gaining national attention as a true freshman for his highlight reel catches), before seeing his promising start hampered by a recurring hamstring injury.
However, it was the 2010 loss of one A.J. Green (suspended for four games at the start of the season) which most prepared Murray for such misfortunes because it taught him the value of spreading the ball around on the football field; and the 6-7 finish to that season certainly made it clear that relying on one receiver for the majority of the offense can be dangerous.
Fast forward back to the here and now where the depth chart at wide receiver is not only deeper than it was in 2010, but more talented as well, and you have a quarterback who will still have options to choose from where passing the ball is concerned.
The loss of Mitchell from the offense will certainly hurt, but it won’t by any means be the straw that breaks its back.