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Brian Schottenheimer pleased with performance from tight ends this preseason

Jason Butt

jbutt@macon.com

Tight end Jeb Blazevich had 269 yards and two touchdowns during the 2014 season.
Tight end Jeb Blazevich had 269 yards and two touchdowns during the 2014 season.

ATHENS -- Brian Schottenheimer is confident about Georgia's group of tight ends.

When Schottenheimer was an offensive coordinator in the NFL, he often used his tight ends a good bit in the passing game and saw success. In 2011 with the New York Jets, Schottenheimer coached tight end Dustin Keller to 815 yards and five touchdowns.

With that in mind, Schottenheimer said he’s been the most pleased with Georgia’s tight end group this preseason.

“Those four guys have had arguably, probably, maybe the best camp of everybody,” Schottenheimer said. “Done a real good job. Again, from Jay Rome down to Jordan Davis, all those guys have done a good job.”

Schottenheimer may not have named sophomore Jeb Blazevich and freshman Jackson Harris but the point came across. He said the tight ends have put in a consistent performance through preseason practice while noticing improvement each day.

Blazevich, who recorded 18 catches for 269 yards and two touchdowns a year ago, said the adjustment to Schottenheimer’s offense has gone well.

“The terminology changes a little bit,” Blazevich said. “Of course you have the NFL style of mind. There’s a lot of minor differences. His coaching style is a little different. Coach Schottenheimer’s great, I think he’s perfect for what we need.”

With Rome and Blazevich atop the tight end depth chart, both could be on the field at the same time in this offense. Schottenheimer said he wants to get creative with how he utilizes his tight ends, in order to give defenses different looks they may not be expecting.

“We like tight ends here so we’re going to use them in different ways, to keep people off-balanced by using them in different spots,” he said.

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