Tuesday Practice Report: Wide Receiver Separation

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Two wide receiver updates and how to get better separation on game days in a conversation with Rutgers position coach Jafar Williams.

The Headline – Separation is the key for Rutgers receivers in a search for improved play against New Mexico.

With running back Justin Goodwin and tight end Nick Arcidiacono as two of the program's three leading receivers this season, Rutgers needs more production from it's wide receivers, said position coach Jafar Williams.

“I don't know what the numbers are abut I can tell you we definitely need more production,” he said. “I put a lot on our guys in our room and we put a lot on our shoulders. That's to be expected. I think they understand that and I continue to drive that message as well.”

Rutgers devotes the majority of its practice time to game preparation, which leaves fewer opportunities for individual work and separations drills.

“We practice press release every single day,” Williams said. “The hard part and where I have to manage as a coach, you don't get as much individual time once the season starts like you do in camp or in spring practice. A lot of it's film study, we've got to get in and show exactly what I want off of the tape and be able to make the corrections with them on the field.”

Worth Noting – Michigan transfer Ahmir Mitchell joined the team for practice this week. The freshman wide receiver watched Saturday's win over Howard from the stands and practiced without shoulder pads Tuesday as a part of the acclimatization period.

“I got a little bit of time to spend with him after practice, very explosive young man,” Williams said. “Obviously he has to learn the offense and then polish up some things route running wise.”

Quote of the Day – “We had a long talk towards the end of training camp and we made a commitment to one another. He made a commitment to himself and absolutely he's doing what he needs to do off the field.” – Running backs coach Zak Kuhr on starter Robert Martin.

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