Miami football needs Charleston Rambo returning to 2019 form

Dec 7, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 7, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team added wide receiver, Charleston Rambo, from Oklahoma as a transfer in January. Rambo joins Miami as the 13th ranked transfer by Pro Football Focus entering the 2021 season. Rambo was graded nearly 16 points lower in 2020 from 2019 after his production fell off significantly.

Rambo has 43 receptions for 743 yards and five touchdowns in 2019 catching passes from Heisman Trophy runner-up Jalen Hurts. Rambo regressed to 25 receptions for 312 yards and three TDs with Spencer Rattler at quarterback for the Sooners in 2020. Rambo transferred to the Miami football program for a bigger role on offense.

Playing with D’Eriq King at QB for Miami in 2021, Rambo should be a major part of the Hurricanes passing game this fall. Miami needs Rambo to reassert himself as a threat in the deep passing game. Rambo was 23rd nationally in 2019 with 10 receptions that went for at least 30 yards. Miami needs Rambo to be that WR.

In summarizing Rambo, PFF mentions that Miami needs Rambo to once again become the deep threat he was for Oklahoma in 2019. Nearly a third of the targets to Rambo in 2019 went for at least a 15-yard gain. If Rambo can produce those numbers in 2021, the Miami offense can go to another level.

"13. WR CHARLESTON RAMBO, OKLAHOMA → MIAMI (FL)Rambo’s receiving grade plummeted from 73.7 to 57.9. He is now set to take the field alongside D’Eriq King down in Miami and will try again to form an elite QB-WR connection.Rambo was a big-play threat for the Sooners back in 2019, and that’s precisely what Rhett Lashlee’s offense needs. He ranked third in the Big 12 that year in percentage of targets to result in a 15-plus yard gain (28.6%) and ranked second among that same group, behind only CeeDee Lamb."

Lamb was an elite WR and a first-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2020. A strong year with Miami will greatly improve Rambo’s draft stock for 2022. Miami probably needs Rambo to exceed his 2019 level. Rambo’s 73.7 receiving rating in 2019 would rank in the top 75 nationally. Mike Harley rated higher than that in 2020.

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With Rambo joining King and Harley in their second seasons playing for offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, the Hurricanes offense can reach another level. Rambo can become the best transfer for Miami on offense other than King. The addition of Rambo provides Miami an element they often did not have in 2020.