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Rutgers’ New OC Could Benefit Washington

January 23, 2018
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Washington vs. Purdue this past fall

This morning NJ.com ran a story on how Rutgers University’s new offensive coordinator, John McNulty, could benefit Jerome Washington ’12. Here is the story from Keith Sargeant.

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A look at Rutgers’ John McNulty’s success with tight ends and why it benefits Jerome Washington

There are NFL teams that don’t feature the tight end in their offense. The Los Angeles Chargers aren’t one of them.

The Chargers had one of the best tight end positional groups in the NFL, led by a likely future Hall of Famer (Antonio Gates) and a budding, second-year All-Pro (Hunter Henry).

In 2017, Charger tight ends were targeted on 21.2 percent of quarterback Philip Rivers’ pass attempts.

While Henry tallied 579 yards and four touchdowns on 45 receptions, Gates hauled in 30 catches for 316 yards and three scores.

Of course, the coach who presided over the Chargers’ tight ends room was John McNulty, who was named as Rutgers’ offensive coordinator earlier this month.

For McNulty, his two-year stint as Chargers tight ends coach was the first time he didn’t mentor wide receivers or quarterbacks in his nearly 30-year coaching career.

But he enjoyed instant success with the Chargers. As a rookie in 2016, Henry led all NFL tight ends with seven touchdowns while Gates had the second-most with six.

Can McNulty carry that success over to Rutgers next fall? Well, he certainly has a good foundation-piece to start with Jerome Washington, a Miami transfer who led Rutgers in both receptions (28) and receiving yards (282) in his first season after becoming eligible.

Washington, a 6-4, 258-pound Elizabeth native, contemplated forgoing his final season of eligibility and entering the NFL Draft this year. But he opted to return, and now figures to be Mackey Award candidate heading into the 2018 campaign.

McNulty wasn’t shy about utilizing his tight ends during his previous stint as Rutgers offensive coordinator.

Here’s a look at the success Rutgers’ tight ends had under McNulty in the mid-to-late 2000s:

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