Georgia football: Two slot receivers battle for the spotlight this spring

Georgia football begins spring practices with only two returning slot receivers available. The spring begins on Tuesday, March 17 and ends with the G-Day Game on Saturday, April 18.

Georgia football’s slot receiver chart will look a lot different this summer to how it does now. The Bulldogs only have two prominent slot receivers available for spring practices.

Projected starter in the slot, Dominick Blaylock, is unavailable after tearing his ACL in the SEC Championship Game. Jermaine Burton, the No. 81 ranked player overall (247Sports Composite) does not enroll until the summer. Here are the two top slot receivers Georgia has going into spring practices.

RSr. – Demetris Robertson

Yes, Demetris Robertson was also in Thursday’s breakdown of wide receivers. He’s on this breakdown because his skill set lends itself to slot receiver as well. Georgia fans haven’t gotten to see it in the passing game yet, but Robertson is a special player when he gets the ball in space. He has blazing speed and good vision to turn quick passes into big plays.

For whatever reason, those quick, over the middle passes weren’t connecting for Georgia this past season. But the coaches knew it was a problem and new offensive coordinator Todd Monken has no doubt watched enough film of the 2019 offense to see the lack of such passes as an issue as well.

Monken and the rest of the offensive staff will make quarterbacks forming a rhythm with Robertson a priority this spring. If all goes well, Robertson will make plays all over the field this season.

RSo. – Kearis Jackson

Kearis Jackson was primed for a big role in Georgia’s offense going into the 2019 season. Unfortunately, he broke his hand in the season opener against Vanderbilt and missed the next seven games. Jackson finished the year with only five catches for 79 yards.

This is a big spring for Jackson. He and Robertson are the only prominent slot receivers available (and Robertson is playing wide receiver as well). Jackson is going to have a lot of opportunities over the course of spring practice. More reps means more development, better chemistry with quarterbacks and a better reputation from the coaching staff.