Two-Deep Analysis: TE Tyler Kroft

With spring camp over, 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 Tyler Kroft.

In the process of rebuilding depth at tight end, Rutgers has a developing dynamic weapon in sophomore Tyler Kroft. Kroft enters his third training camp with the Rutgers program bulked up and in one of the more competitive position battles on the offensive side of the ball.

Kroft got his first taste of action last season with three catches and his first career touchdown.

Spring Performance -- Down D.C. Jefferson, Kroft finally got a full camp of work on the two-deep and did well in a bigger role. He did not make a ton of plays, but was a consistent target for Gary Nova and finished strong with the final touchdown of the spring game on a bullet from Chas Dodd.

Expected 2013 Role -- Kroft stepped into a bigger role at tight end well when Michael Burton went down at fullback and changes took place, but now finds himself in a position battle with fifth-year senior Paul Carrezola for the starting job.

Both tight ends will play, but the battle between Kroft and Carrezola will be one of the more competitive aspects of training camp.

Scouting Report -- Kroft is only two years removed from a stellar high school lacrosse career and brings the athleticism and running associated with the sport. Kroft has the 6-foot-6 frame needed but has yet to completely fill out. He came in around 220 pounds and is bulked up 20 pounds but still needs to get bigger and stronger to complete his skill-set at tight end.

There is a lot to like about Kroft as a tight end and he has a higher ceiling than Carrezola at this point. Kroft is the better receiving target and is sneaky athletic. He is a major matchup problem for a SAM linebacker and has good hands in traffic. Looking to replace Mark Harrison in the red zone, Rutgers could turn to Kroft as one of its top targets.

For improvements, jamming and blocking at the line of scrimmage can get better. Kroft put a ton of work in the weight room so far and is greatly improved from when he arrived but he is not done yet. Kroft showed production in practice, but needs more in-game experience with only three catches to his name.

The Bottom Line -- Rebuilding the importance of tight ends and fullbacks in the Rutgers offense, coordinator Ron Prince has a ready-made, dynamic weapon in Kroft if he continues to develop on pace.

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