WR John Tsimis Refreshed in new Rutgers Offense

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- With multiple roles as a slot receiver for Rutgers, John Tsimis discusses his return from multiple injuries and how a change in offensive philosophy makes him a scoring threat.

Rutgers wide receiver John Tsimis on return from injury...

Last year was rough. I got injured, came back for a little bit, got injured again and had to shut it down for the season. Then I got injured again in the spring and had to miss the last two weeks. It's good to be healthy right now. There's definitely a little rust to be shaken off being out of it for so long, but it's coming along pretty quick and I'm glad I'm healthy.”

On how he fits the new offense...

I think I'm a good fit. I like it a lot. We've got some option routes that I like a lot, it's what I feel I'm good at. We run a lot of corners and benders from the slot which is good. I get to play in the backfield a lot and a lot of bubble screens on almost every run play.”

On lining up in the backfield...

It's a good opportunity to get the ball. It's been a while. I probably haven't played any running back since my freshman year of high school. It's kind of weird but it's a good opportunity.”

On goals for the end of camp...

I just want to stay healthy and hopefully earn a starting job. I want to learn to play on the outside and the inside so I can help the team as many ways as possible.”

On playing for new receiver coach Jafar Williams...

He's a great coach. I like him a lot. He's played receiver. It's the first coach I've had since I've been here that actually played receiver. That's good. He's got a lot of interesting pointers and inside stuff that he can tell you.”

On a quarterback battle...

To be honest, I don't even notice who the quarterback is sometimes. I'm just going full speed and not even huddling and I'm just lining up and taking reps and running the route. I don't even know who throws it sometimes.”

On changes at Rutgers...

It's great. It's completely different. It's been a lot of work but it's definitely good for the team … More time commitment, a lot more emphasis on the weight room, a lot more continuity throughout the program with the weight staff and the coaches and everyone.”


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