Jul 30, 2016, 3:01 PM EDT
They’re putting the pads on today so the intensity will go up another notch. I’ll be updating this report frequently as events warrant so drop by and refresh frequently.
–The afternoon has been somewhat eventful with the Bon Secours Training Center getting evacuated for a while due to lightning in the area. There have been period of rain, clouds, and sun. The skies remain threatening so if this blog gets cut off abruptly it’s because they opened up.
–They are running possibly the most boring special teams drill imaginable. They are in kickoff formation and Dustin Hopkins is running up to the ball, swinging his leg, and not kicking it. The coverage team runs about 10 yards downfield and stops. They go back to the line and do it again. I’m sure there’s some value in it in regards to getting in your lane but it sure is boring.
–Keith Marshall had a little bit of trouble in individual drills. First he had problems high stepping over the ropes and then he stumbled after he was hit with pads after catching a short pass. He is going to have to gain a lot of polish to his game very quickly is he intends to be on the 53-man roster.
–Jamison Crowder put a slick little move in Bashaud Breeland in a coverage drill. The receiver gained two steps on Breeland with the move and caugh the pass over the middle. Great route running.
–Then in 11 on 11, Pierre Garçon put a similar quick move on Breeland and got open to make the grab over the middle.
–Nate Suffield got a rep, threw a short, wobbly pass that was tipped and almost picked off. Then he went back to watching. Tough to make an impression that way.
–Martrell Spaight just got a good pop on a would-be returner in a one-on-one drill. Those backup linebacker spots will be determined by special teams and it seems that Spaight is well aware of that.
–Joe Barry was a very vocal presence in the special teams drills that just concluded.
–Nice long pass by Colt McCoy. He arched it deep down the middle to WR Dez Stewart, who had a couple of steps on fellow rookie Lloyd Carrington. The pass his Stewart in stride and he made the catch for an easy touchdown.
–kAn action-packed couple of minutes. Breeland with a leaping, falling pick of Cousins. Cousins to Jackson, who streaked out of nowhere past Norman to make the catch. Then Trent Murphy read a Cousins screen and picked it off. All of a sudden a lot of fun broke out.
–Ross is trying hard to make up for his earlier drop. He made a nice diving catch over the middle and then caught one around the hash mark and made a nice move to shake Kendall Fuller and jetted upfield.
–There was a brief skirmish between Niles Paul and Spaight after some action downfield.
That’s it for today, thanks for dropping by. They are off tomorrow, see you Monday afternoon.
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