Two-Deep Analysis: WR Miles Shuler

With spring camp over, ScarletReport.com is ready to look ahead to training camp with an in-depth, daily look at the depth chart. Going player by player, we break down the key players of training camp with an in-depth look today at receiver Miles Shuler.

Miles Shuler continues his transition from quarterback and track star to starting wide receiver. Shuler found more success as a sophomore than when he played sparingly as a true freshman, but the expectations are higher for him in year three.

Never playing the position before his Rutgers arrival, Shuler is with his third position coach in as many years after departures of P.J. Fleck and Dave Brock.

Spring Performance -- Shuler's spring-game performance was an accurate microcosm of his play throughout camp. It was a slow start with a dropped touchdown, but Shuler rebounded with the longest play of the day on a bomb down the field.

Getting open and beating the young defensive backs was not an issue for Shuler, but ball skills remain a concern with some drops in key situations. Shuler stepped it up from a leadership perspective and is becoming one of the team's spokesmen after the departures of faces like Khaseem Greene, Scott Vallone and Duron Harmon.

Expected 2013 Role -- The amount of on-field action will be determined in camp, but look for the junior speedster to be a big-play threat in Ron Prince's offense. Prince built his Rutgers offense with the idea of getting the ball to play-makers and Shuler's top-end speed is unmatchable by most cornerbacks.

Quick slants and fly routes are right up Shuler's alley in the Prince offense. A former high school quarterback, Shuler is one of the ultimate trick play threats in the conference.

Scouting Report -- Speed. Shuler is fast in every sense of the word from his pure sprinting background to quickness to agility and some wiggle at the line of scrimmage. With the kind of 40-time to make scouts salivate, finishing the play is all that stands between Shuler and being an impact receiver.

Shuler is improved at the line of scrimmage both in his blocking and in separation from the more physical cornerbacks. Jamming is less of an issue for Shuler now than it was when he arrived.

At 5-foot-10, Shuler needs to improve his ball skills and aggressiveness. Getting open is not a problem, but finishing the play with a defensive back on him needs to improve. Drops in the end zone like fans saw at the spring game cannot happen.

The Bottom Line -- Shuler's transition to receiver is not yet complete but Prince and graduate assistant Matt Simon have a heck of an athlete with which to work in training camp.


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