I’m usually not the type to get hung up on not throwing to the tight end. In my opinion, just put the ball in the hands of your best playmakers, and let them go. But that’s the thing, Ruckert is everything you want in a TE, especially in receiving. He’s easily top 5, arguably the best TE in CFB, but he won’t sniff the Mackey Award because Day never draws up plays for him. Through four games, he has 6 receptions for 81 yards. 13.5 yards per reception is great, but only 1.5 receptions per game is not nearly enough.
Especially with a young Qb, regardless of which one you’re talking about, this doesn’t make sense. At the minimum, Ruckert provides an excellent safety valve underneath for 5-10 yards. At his maximum, he’s also a vertical threat down the seam with the ability for big plays. He’s a mismatch for both linebackers and safeties alike. Few guys posses both the size and speed to cover him. Add in his superb route running skills, and good luck covering him. Great hands and a large frame mean the throw doesn’t have to be perfect, taking the pressure off the Qb. He’s shown the ability to go up and get the ball. So again, it doesn’t have to be a perfect pass, just put it in the air.
Yes, we have three of the best receivers in the country. Henderson is as much of a threat out catching the ball out the backfield as he is running. But when you have a weapon like Ruckert and a young Qb, not using him is a disservice to the team.