Will Injuries Affect Wide Receiver Usage at G-Day?

Injuries to multiple wide receivers will change how Georgia football handles the position in the G-Day game.

Injuries have decimated Georgia's receiving corps this spring. Dominick Blaylock and Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint still aren't cleared from their 2020 injuries, George Pickens toe his ACL in the second week of practice and Jermaine Burton will miss the rest of spring with a knee injury he suffered Tuesday.

With two weeks left in spring practice, the question becomes how will these injuries affect the G-Day game. Going into the spring, there was a clear distinction between the first-and second-team receivers. That is no longer the case.

Most likely, Georgia will have receivers switch teams throughout the G-Day game. That's something that was probably already going to happen with the offensive linemen and the backup quarterbacks. 

Kearis Jackson, Demetris Robertson and Arian Smith should be the only receivers who stay on one sideline. They are the closest things Georgia has to star wideouts right now. Jackson and Robertson are veterans; the former is coming off his best season as a Bulldog. 

Besides those three, expect to see a lot of Justin Robinson, Ladd McConkey, Adonai Mitchell, Jackson Meeks and Jaylen Johnson on April 17. 

Without Pickens or Burton available, Robinson is being groomed as the next physical receiver. He's shown the ability to make tough catches while being tightly covered. He's an impressive athlete at 6--foot-4 and 220 pounds and he certainly knows how to use his body to his advantage.

The other receivers are relative unknowns, though Mitchell is reportedly impressing coaches in practice. McConkey is one of the fastest players on the team, but it's not yet clear how well he's translating that speed to the football field.

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