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Monday, August 19, 2013

Tyler Kroft develops better understanding of Rutgers offense

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: Tyler_Barto

PISCATAWAY — Tyler Kroft met the media for the first time during training camp last week, largely updating the condition of his sprained ankle.

But when asked about the differences in this year's offense, Kroft's answer was revealing.

“This year from a film standpoint I’ve been seeing the tight ends getting a lot of the balls thrown to them, which is a good thing," he said. "I conceptually see how the routes work with each other more. We’ll have the tight end go deep and someone will come under. I see each route playing its part.”

The significance is twofold. 

While it's too early to assess the tight end's role in Ron Prince's offense, the first-year coordinator has drawn praise for his ability to communicate his offensive philosophy. Redshirt freshman Chris Muller said as much about implementing Prince's zone scheme.

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It also points to Kroft's development. At 6-foot-6 and now 242 pounds, Kroft's measurables used to outweigh his knowledge of the position. Sitting out two weeks of camp, plus a reserve role last season, could force Kroft to become more cerebral.

"Mentally I feel like I'm there," he said, "but it's not the same as doing it."

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