“I feel like his offense is going to help utilize our talents.”

If there’s one group of players who are excited about Brian Schottenheimer’s arrival in Athens, it’s the tight ends.  And with some justification, it seems.

With Schottenheimer coordinator with the St. Louis Rams, tight end Jared Cook led the team each of the past two seasons in receptions. He had 52 for 634 yards and three touchdowns (ranking 15th in receptions in the NFL at the position) in 2014 and 51 for 671 (a team record for receiving yards for a tight end) and five touchdowns in 2013.

Teammate Lance Kendricks was 28th among tight ends in the league last season with 27 catches for 259 yards and five touchdowns and had 32 catches for 258 with four touchdowns the previous year.

When Schottenheimer was coordinator with the New York Jets before that, tight end Dustin Keller led the team in both 2011 and 2010 in receptions. He ranked ninth among tight ends in the NFL in 2011 with 62 catches for 811 yards and five touchdowns and 11th in 2010 with 55 for 687 with five touchdowns. Keller in 2010 had two more catches than receiver Braylon Edwards and three more than receiver Santonio Holmes and running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

That may be one answer if wide-out depth doesn’t develop too quickly this season.  If Rome stays healthy, Schottenheimer’s got some options with experience to work with at tight end.

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14 responses to ““I feel like his offense is going to help utilize our talents.”

  1. Russ

    That will be fun to see. I thought we didn’t use our TEs enough the past few years.

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    • DawgFaithful

      Blazevich was 3rd on the team in receiving yards last year.

      I’m happy Rome will finally be healthy. I’m just not sure I want to see a TE lead us in receptions this year. I want to go vertical as we did with Murray. Those weren’t very good offenses he coached in St Louis and NY. They lacked explosive plays in the passing game. Not saying he’s gonna fail. I like the hire so far. This worries me though.

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      • Russ

        Don’t cloud my opinion with facts!

        Well, it seemed like we’d go long stretches over the past few years without using our tight ends. Facts be damned!

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        • pete

          I felt the same way Russ. Dang these guys and their stats. They can screw up a good rant. Let me just have my perception…even if it is wrong. 😉
          On a serious note. I feel our talent a TE is really good and I would love to see more from them…if they can stay healthy. It’ll keep the LB’s and SS’s busy.

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      • sUGArdaddy

        As for explosiveness, our longest completion last season went to Blazevich…thrown by #3.

        Wouldn’t mind seeing an NFL-type mentality with the TE. Graham and Gronk are explosive.

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  2. PansyTheDawg

    I certainly know laughably less about football than Richt or Bobo, but the past couple of seasons, involving FB’s and TE’s has seemed to be one of our more consistent offensive problems, behind Oline quality. Our recent offenses have been very good, though.

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    • I agree we need to use them more. I thought they did pretty well blocking. One thing that I hope not to see is Hicks on special teams fielding a KO or punt. Jeepers he makes me nervous.

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  3. I Wanna Red Cup

    One thing I really liked about Donnan’s offense was the use of the tight end. As a former TE, I am looking forward to seeing what we do with them this year.

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  4. Scorpio Jones, III

    “Teammate Lance Kendricks was 28th among tight ends in the league last season with 27 catches for 259 yards and five touchdowns and had 32 catches for 258 with four touchdowns the previous year”

    Sounds to me as though the NFL Binness throws more to the tight ends…maybe they don’t need them in pass protection as much? Tight ends are also useful to knock down linebackers as Nick Chubb goes by, so there’s that.

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  5. 69Dawg

    For years going back to Vince the opposing teams TE’s and RB’s out on the wheel route have been Kryptonite to UGA. I’ll say that CMR did change his O when he came to UGA and saw what great TE’s he inherited from Donnan. Bobo IMHO underutilized the TE. Now that may have been because the Olines need every able body to block but it’s just hard to watch us getting burned by TEs and knowing we have good TEs that just are used so little. SOS has made a living killing us with his TE.

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    • DawgFaithful

      Blazevich was 3rd in receiving yards last year.
      Lynch was 3rd in 2013.

      Lynch’s 431yds in 2012 was good for 4th and 18ypc. Malcolm Mitchell had 572 yds.

      I’d say the TE’s been pretty involved.

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  6. So to summarize the comments section: we need to utilize the TE and FB more while throwing the ball vertically and RTDB too. Clearly we are going to need to play with a second football. 🙂

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