Seth Emerson makes a point about how Georgia’s offense utilized the tight end position this season.
But the tight ends – other than Nauta – were also used less than expected. They combined for 38 catches and 472 receiving yards, which was better than last year (28 catches for 306 yards), but it was mostly Nauta, while Jeb Blazevich saw his catches go from 15 to six, and Jackson Harris didn’t catch any.
The tight ends actually played better: They combined for 38 catches and 472 receiving yards, an improvement over last year. But that was mostly Nauta. The usage of the tight ends, despite a deep unit, was less than expected: Jeb Blazevich went from 15 catches to six, and Jackson Harris from four to zero.
In defense of Jim Chaney (admittedly, words I didn’t think I’d have much need to type this offseason), usage of the tight ends as a group, at least from a percentage of total receptions standpoint, actually increased fairly significantly in 2016 over the previous four seasons, per cfbstats.com.
- 2012: 14%
- 2013: 14%
- 2014: 14%
- 2015: 14%
- 2016: 19%
Nauta’s 29 catches were the most for a Georgia tight end since Arthur Lynch’s 30 in 2013.