The Headline – A quarterback change and lighter schedule showcased an uptick in wide receiver production for Rutgers football.
A non-factor for multiple games after Janarion Grant's injury, the wide receiver room is responsible for 43 catches and 524 yards in the last three games.
“I think we're making plays on a more consistent basis,” said receivers coach Jafar Williams. “Obviously we need to continue to improve that, but [we are] catching the ball better. I think our route running is getting better. There have been a lot of things that are improving.”
While the move to Giovanni Rescigno coincides with increased production, the improvement is not that simple.
“We talked about it a couple of weeks ago, when receivers and quarterbacks are throwing together more often, there's a little bit better chemistry,” Williams said. “I think the chemistry was built with Gio and all of the quarterbacks in camp, so I don't necessarily think that's an issue. We just need to play a little bit more consistency.”
Worth Noting – While the wide receivers are more involved in recent games, running back production seeks improved play. The holes are there, but running backs need to fight for more yardage, said position coach Zak Kuhr.
“The guys see them, they hit them and sometimes we've got to make one more man miss,” Kuhr said. “Right now we're doing a good job of getting what we can get but we need to get extra. We've got to do more than that. We've got to strive for more than that.”
Quote of the Day – “[Keeping plays alive] is awesome. It's the best of both worlds, not only just for the receivers, it helps your offense. [Rescigno] is able to keep the chains moving. He's able to move and slide in the pocket and be active with his feet. What we continue to do is try to improve our scramble moves as well. That's probably what hasn't shown up on game day yet but we're trying to improve that as well.” – Williams on Rescigno's mobility.