ATHENS — Georgia has the best quarterback-receiver duo in the SEC, “easily,” according to advanced metrics website Pro Football Focus.
The PFF website, which grades and charts every player in every game at the NFL and FBS level, ranks Bulldogs’ incoming graduate transfer Jamie Newman and returning sophomore receiver George Pickens among the top 10 returning players in the SEC.
We @PFF_College are looking forward to the Jamie Newman – George Pickens combo…..@PFF_Anthony “The Bulldogs have easily the best quarterback-receiver duo in the SEC and one of the best in the country.”https://t.co/gumzly4rs5
— Brent Rollins (@PFF_Brent) February 17, 2020
LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. was rated by PFF as the No. 1 returning player in the league.
Stingley Jr. raved about Pickens when asked by DawgNation to assess him at the College Football Playoff Media Day in January.
The PFF staff rated Newman the No. 3 returning quarterback in college football behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields earlier this offseason.
Most recently, PFF ranked Newman the No. 3 player in the SEC behind Stingley Jr. and LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase.
From the PFF assessment:
“No quarterback was forced to throw into a tight window more than Newman last season, and he overcame that to produce the second-highest passing grade on those throws — behind only Joe Burrow — and the third-lowest rate of uncatchable passes.
Newman’s arm strength and accuracy will give Georgia an added boost in the deep passing game, an area it was average in at best last season.
PFF noted Newman trailed only Burrow on his passing grade on throws of 20 yards or more.
Former Georgia football coach Mark Richt, now an analyst for the ACC Network, told DawgNation that Newman could fit into any kind of offense.
Of course, Newman hasn’t even won the starting job with the Bulldogs yet.
Incoming freshman Carson Beck expects to challenge, as do returning redshirt freshman D’Wan Mathis and redshirt junior Stetson Bennett.
Of Pickens, PFF penned, the Bulldogs’ freshman displayed “a massive catch radius and sure-fire hands … . the man would catch any catchable ball thrown his way.”
Pickens was ranked No. 7 in the SEC coming off a season that saw him have the third-most catchable targets (49) without a drop last season.
Georgia’s George Pickens had the third most catchable targets without a drop in college football at 49 as a true freshman (per @PFF).
His catch radius and hands are flat out unbelievable for his age. Pickens is easily one of the top-10 returning players in the entire SEC. pic.twitter.com/C5M2FtCSFi
— Anthony Treash (@PFF_Anthony) February 17, 2020