Positive press continues to roll in for Jerome Washington ’12 ahead of his senior season with Rutgers. Both SaturdayTradition.com and NJ.com report that Rutgers head coach Chris Ash is exuberant about his tight end corps, especially the former Blue & White standout.
Here is the article from Keith Sargeant of NJ.com.
Here’s the Rutgers Position Group Drawing Rave Reviews from Chris Ash this Summer
For years prior to Chris Ash’s arrival as Rutgers coach, the tight end was a featured player in the Scarlet Knights’ offense.
But in Ash’s first season, tight ends accounted for just 10 percent of the team’s receptions.
It was a different story last season, as Jerome Washington posted a team-leading 28 catches for 282 yards. The 6-4, 258-pound tight end from Elizabeth considered forgoing his final season of eligibility and entering the NFL Draft last spring.
But he opted to return, and was recently named to the Mackey Award watch list heading into the 2018 campaign.
The Miami transfer didn’t participate in spring camp as he rehabilitated from offseason shoulder surgery, but has been healthy since the start of the summer and is expected to be full-go Aug. 2 when training camp begins.
“Jerome Washington,” Ash said, “has had a great summer.”
It’s one of the reasons why Ash offered a rave review for the tight end group, calling it one of the team’s most improved units following the 4-8 campaign last fall.
“I really like our tight end position,” Ash said. “I’ve been around some really good tight ends and I think our tight end position can be one of the best in the league.”
It’s a bold statement, but one that could be supported thanks to the addition of John McNulty as Rutgers’ offensive coordinator this season.
Prior to his appointment as the Scarlet Knights’ play-caller, McNulty served as the tight ends coach for the Los Angeles Chargers.
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), last season.
Don’t be surprised if Rutgers’ quarterback targets the tight ends even more this season.
“I like the group,” McNulty said last spring. “I think you have to be tight-end friendly. I think it creates a lot of problems. I think that’s where football is going. I know it went from everybody was four-wide receivers to that’s not what everybody is doing anymore. They have these big guys who can run just like the wideouts and they’re bad matchups for people. Obviously doing it the last couple of years with one of the best ever in Gates and a guy who is going to be really good in Hunter Henry, you kind of see the possibilities a little more than maybe I did in the past.”