Two-Deep Analysis: TE Paul Carrezola

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 tight end Paul Carrezola.

The steadying force of D.C. Jefferson is gone from the tight end position, making Paul Carrezola the elder statesman for the Scarlet Knights at the position.

Carrezola came to Rutgers as a highly-touted tight end prospect but has yet to live up to that potential in terms of his productivity. Carrezola enters his fifth and final season at Rutgers with the program hungry for production out of a position lacking significant depth.

Spring Performance -- Carrezola came off like a veteran at his position in spring camp. He made a few mistakes, but quickly picked up on the new offensive scheme and was a security blanket for Gary Nova near the line of scrimmage. Carrezola logged two catches for 19 yards and two first downs in the spring games. Not a big play threat in the spring, Carrezola moved the chains consistently.

Expected 2013 Role -- Starter or second-team tight end behind Tyler Kroft, Carrezola will play a lot. Offensive coordinator Ron Prince likes to involved tight ends and often uses two on the line of scrimmage. Carrezola is a slight favorite to start, but will see plenty of action regardless of his formal place on the depth chart.

Scouting Report -- Experience is the biggest advantage for Carrezola going into the season. A smart player with solid hands and a willingness to block, size and athleticism are holding him back from breakout performances. At 6-foot-2, Carrezola does not have the same NFL size as Jefferson did or as Kroft can bring to the table. He has average speed at tight end and is at his best when playing close to the line of scrimmage.

Carrezola has enough foot quickness to expose weaknesses in zone coverage, but needs to improve straight-line speed and ball skills on deeper passing routes. Carrezola could catch 50 balls for Rutgers as a classic "safety blanket" receiver for Nova, who looked to Quron Pratt and Mohamed Sanu in that role during his first two seasons.

The Bottom Line -- Carrezola brings a safe option to the table, but needs to show dramatic changes in camp to evolve into one of the primary weapons in Prince's offense.


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