It's not that the Tigers don't miss Nuk Hopkins, a would-be college senior who'll make his NFL debut tonight for the Houston Texans.
But a new stable of receivers and pass-catching tight ends is helping take the bite out of Hopkins' early departure for the NFL.
During the first two games of the season, Clemson's receiving targets have shown they have what it takes to get the job done.
Redshirt freshman Germone Hopper and first-year freshman Mike Williams made their debuts against Georgia, and first-year freshman T.J. Green joined in the mix against South Carolina State.
Meanwhile, junior Martavis Bryant bounced back from a shaky season debut against Georgia with a stronger performance on Saturday.
Tight end Stanton Seckinger is maturing into a reliable playmaker at tight end, and Jay Jay McCullough had a promising debut against S.C. State, with three catches. Jordan Leggett caught his first pass as a Tiger, as did five others.
A total of 14 players caught passes against S.C. State, including running backs Rod McDowell, D.J. Howard and C.J. Davidson, and 16 different players have touched the ball in the passing game during the Tigers' first two outings.
Dabo Swinney said after the S.C. State game on Saturday that while Hopper has not yet show the consistency needed to earn the coaches' trust as "an every-down player," it was good to see the redshirt freshman "cut-loose" with his six-reception debut on Saturday.
"He's a tough, tough guy," Swinney said. "He's going to be a good one."
"Coach told me before the game I was going to get a lot of touches," Hopper said. "I was ready for them."
Bryant, who had a couple of crucial drops against Georgia, caught four passes and led the Tigers in yardage with 87.
"I think last week I was just a little nervous," Bryant said. "Today I just played. I wasn't too worried about it - I knew what I could do."