ATHENS — Departing Georgia football tight end and newest Detroit Lion Isaac Nauta chuckled when asked what to make of Jake Fromm’s off-day in the G-Day Game.
The implication was clear: Not much.
Fromm was 14-of-29 passing for 116 yards with a touchdown and early Pick-6 that consisted of cornerback Eric Stokes wrestling the ball away from receiver J.J. Holloman.
Fromm chastised himself in the postgame, saying he didn’t “play up to the standard” that he holds himself to.
Nauta, one of many former or outgoing players in attendance, was quick to put everything into perspective.
“I think the biggest thing to remember is you’ve been practicing against each other for two months, running the same plays,” Nauta said. “The defense knows what we’re running, we know what they are running.”
And so days like Fromm’s happen, even to the best of them, which Fromm figures to be this upcoming season.
Coach Kirby Smart has expressed concerns with the receiving corps.
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UGA does lose four of its top five receivers from a season ago, including the reliable Nauta.
But the departing tight end says fans can relax and have faith in Smart and the Bulldogs’ system.
“The reality is it’s still early in the offseason and there’s a whole summer to get better and get guys on the same page,” Nauta said. “It’s way too early for people to freak out.”
Especially since Georgia fans didn’t really see what the Bulldogs’ offense is going to look like.
“A lot gets held back, you talk to any coach in the country, they want to keep it simple and not show their hand,” Nauta said. “They know everybody will watch that game to see what they are doing.”
As for Fromm, Nauta said the self-criticism the UGA quarterback has for himself is genuine, and part of the reason he’s so successful.
“Jake is a guy that is ultra-competitive, and he wants 100 percent completions and three touchdown passes in every game, and he always wants the offense to perform well,” Nauta said. “You look at it, he didn’t really play bad, but anytime he’s out there he holds himself to high standards.
“He’s going to be hard on himself, because that’s the guy he is.”