George Pickens, a play in three acts

Take a look at these three stats, and tell me what you see.

Here’s what I glean from them:  the Dawgs aren’t throwing much to pick up first downs, but when they do, Pickens is very productive at converting them.  Beyond that, generally speaking, his receptions are static; he makes the catch, but rarely gets any further.

Whether that’s the result of play design (sideline throws, for example), situations, chemistry with Fromm or inexperience, I don’t know, although I suspect a combination of all that is likely the best explanation.  The thing is, he’s Georgia’s leading receiver and he needs to be more productive.

Another bye week project for Smart’s honey do list, in other words.


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32 responses to “George Pickens, a play in three acts

  1. Reverend Whitewall

    I mentioned in the comments last week that we had to be possibly the worst in the conference in yards after the catch – this pretty well supports that belief. And I still gotta believe it goes back more to play design that anything. Other than some quick screens to the outside, I can’t think of ANY passing plays we’ve had that had significant yards after catch. Any downfield throws are either to the boundary or into tight windows where the WR is hit as soon as he catches, or he has to go to the ground to make the catch. I’m sure there are things the WR’s could do better, but when nobody is able to get open enough to ever have some YAC, that’s speaks to design issues for me.


  2. W Cobb Dawg

    The sideline serves as an extra defender, or so I’ve heard.

    What’s next? Is Scott Sinclair going to reach out and pull our WRs toward the sideline if they venture too far toward the center of the field?

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  3. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    I have to say that it is a lot to expect a true freshman to be perfect, and I would like to see him make yards after a catch as much as anyone, but it looks to me like they are looking for him to be mainly a possession receiver. He has made his break a couple of times short of the first down marker or his stats would be even better. I get the feeling that he likes that role [I can catch it in traffic!] Which is true, and Nuke Laloosh could throw heat, but doing more than one thing makes everyone better. He can grow into it a bigger role.

    What I would really like to see is all the receivers being perceived as threats. That would make everything – and everyone – better.


  4. John Denver is full of shit...

    Just one slant pattern, can we run one slant, just one to ahhh I dunno say, Robertson?


  5. dawgman3000

    Some of it is play design and some of it is ball placement. I’ve noticed that whenever our wr’s have a step on the db, they have to slow down or reach behind them to catch the ball. Fix that and I think the YAC improves.


  6. It’s the passing trees. Lots of sidelines.


  7. sniffer

    I’m gonna go all Barnhart here and say that either Kirby is right and all is/will be well with the offense or the eye test is real. I have no idea which it is but if we don’t score a touchdown after our first two series against UF, I’ll start looking to 2020. Two weeks to prepare, game plan and motivate to play the gators is a competent coaches dream. Here’s looking at you, Kirby.


  8. TN Dawg

    That Fields guy looks pretty good.


  9. illinidawg

    Boomer Sooner!It’s unpossible that a top 5 team would lose to an unranked underdog!


  10. Turd Ferguson

    Almost seemed like Coley was calling plays for Wisconsin today. “Let’s just run it up the middle for 1- and 2-yard gains until we lose the game.”


  11. Bulldog Joe

    Teams are running their normal offenses in the rain today.


  12. Uglydawg

    Joe Burrow is the real deal. He’s so quick at getting away from the pass rush and always making something positive happen. Kid’s amazing.

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  13. Will (The other one)

    Vols are averaging 12 ypa attempt on passes vs that impenetrable SCar secondary. They may win, but if they don’t start running up the gut for no gain more on 2nd down they certainly won’t impose their will!

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  14. Scorpio Jones, III

    Its really very simple. Georgia has not had a decent offensive coordinator since Georgia Haffner. It is just a sad part of Georgia football history, no offensive coordinator has done a good job until he left.


  15. D as in Dawg

    The Debbie Downer UGA fan takeaways from Saturday:

    OSU is going to the playoffs with our QB… and destroyed a decent manball team.

    Michigan did what we couldn’t to ND.

    Auburn’s D may hold us to negative points.

    Clemson is awake now.

    Bama is a pretty good team this year.

    UT Chaney just put up 41 on USCjr.

    Someone help Debbie off the ledge. OU did it’s part. Anyone else??


    • dawgman3000

      Yeah, with Auburn holding that vaunted LSU offense to only 23 points, I’m afraid to think of what they’re going to do with our anemic offense.