Spring Performance -- Peele had a solid spring. In a more significant role, Peele did not consistently perform at a high level but continued flashing impressive hands and play-making skills. Working mostly with second and third units, Peele held his own against young corners like Ian Thomas and Jevon Tyree for much of spring. Peele capped off his camp with four catches for 50 yards in the spring game.
Expected 2013 Role -- Peele is unlikely to start at receiver, but Rutgers has always rotated five or six players at the position. Peele projects to be in the rotation, with his work in camp as the determining factor for how much time he sees. Veterans like Brandon Coleman and Quron Pratt have the edge but six different receivers made catches last year and it could be more in 2013.
Scouting Report -- Peele is raw and played running back for Linden as a senior. Despite his inexperience, he shows a lot of what you look for in a 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver. Peele is shifty in the slot, avoids big hits after the catch and has elite body control with the ball in the air. Peele can make mid-play adjustments and had some of the most acrobatic practice catches of the last 10 months on campus.
Peele needs more time in the weight room before he can shoulder a full role in a Big Ten offense. He needs to improve his strength and top-end speed. Young receivers in the Rutgers program often get their starts as blockers and Peele can improve his technique with run blocking and has some improvements to make in route running.
The Bottom Line -- Peele has the tools to break out from the pack but opportunities may be limited this season with more experienced options on which Gary Nova can rely.