Rutgers Training Camp Report: Practice 2

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Kaiwan Lewis debuted today for Rutgers in its second training camp practice. Head coach Kyle Flood addressed his newest middle linebacker and other thoughts after an afternoon practice inside the bubble.

Rutgers went inside for today’s training camp practice. With the shells added tomorrow, coach Kyle Flood spoke about today’s unpadded practice and the newest roster addition.

The Headline -- The paperwork is complete, and senior South Carolina transfer Kaiwan Lewis is eligible. Lewis practiced with the team today for the first time and worked behind Isaiah Johnson in what will be a key position battle.

“Now it’s a matter of him building experience in our defense,” Flood said. “The system they play down there is a little bit different. He’s a good football player and he’s got all the attributes of the kind of player we recruit.”

Lewis graduated Saturday, moved back to New Jersey Sunday and sat out of Monday’s practice until ruled eligible.

“It’s just been a grind,” Lewis said. “That’s how I can describe it in getting ready to come up here and play.”

Worth Noting -- Running back Paul James saw a lot more action on his second day back. James called himself 100 percent healthy after the torn ACL in 2014, but still needs to easy himself back into a full-time starter.

“I’m ecstatic to be back,” James said. “It’s great to be back on the field getting carries again and getting back in the motion of doing things. After the first and second day, I feel great and I’m trying to keep it going.”

Scarlet Report Standout -- Wide receiver Vance Matthews – The walk-on built on a solid summer with a few big plays today on balls from quarterback Hayden Rettig. Matthews

Quote of the Day -- “I definitely see some great athletic ability, but as a freshman coming in, you’re going to struggle a little bit especially with our system. It’s very complex. Those guys are very good. They’re going to be very good as time goes on.” – Cornerback Blessuan Austin on new teammates Jarius Adams and Ronnie James.

Around the Big Ten -- A familiar name to Rutgers fans, Tanner McEvoy is off to a strong start at wide receiver for Wisconsin. The Scarlet Knights visit the Badgers at Camp Randall on Halloween – out for revenge from last year’s 37-0 loss. For more information, click here.

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