The Rutgers tight end room has three veterans in line for playing time, and Charles Scarff is hard at work to get as many snaps as possible. Rutgers may not put as many tight ends on the field with a more spread out offense, but special teams coordinator Vince Okruch named Scarff, Matt Flanagan and Nick Arcidiacono as out in front.
Tight ends have a role in Drew Mehringer's scheme, and the adjustment excites Scarff, who walked on from Lancaster, Pa., two years ago.
"Every offense, especially when you pick up a new one, is like that," Scarff said on the adjustment. "This one, we're going up tempo. The installs are pretty big, so we're spending a lot of time in the playbook. Once you get out there and go with it, it's kind of easy to pick up on. I still made a couple of mistakes today, but it's a process. I think as of right now, we're looking pretty good."
Scarff caught 14 passes and his first-career touchdown last season. He remains locked in competition with Arcidiacono and Flanagan for playing time, and welcomed the fresh start that came with a coaching change.
"It was a big offseason, definitely," Scarff said. "A lot of guys ignored the distractions and we just got to work. We all came to work on our own time and we were getting into the weight room. I thought it was a very good offseason. ... With new guys you get a whole new slate. I guess it was good. It got a lot of guys to come out and compete for jobs, which is good. I think right now, people are starting to find their roles. Competing every day is a big thing."
Rutgers welcomed another big-time tight end to campus Saturday with a visit from Cincinnati Bengal Tyler Kroft. Kroft declared early for the NFL Draft at the end of the 2014 season, but visits when possible in the offseason.
"He's a cool guy," Scarff said. "I've seen him on the sideline. It's nice to see him around and still being involved with Rutgers and everything like that."