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Notes After Practice: Another Week, Another Punter

Posted by Matt Terl on November 5, 2009 – 4:31 pm

Since I started working here, it feels like there’s been more player movement at punter than at any other position. And somehow it always brings the wackiness. From the early days of “Durant Brooks is a weapon” last season through Ryan Plackemeier — dubbed “Muffintop” by the Mr. I gang — to HunterGreatest Holder and Shoe Model and William the Bruce Impersonator and Christian Rocker of All Time” Smith and his former-bartender substitute, it’s been a pretty lively bunch. And that doesn’t even account for Shaun Suisham‘s brief, heroic turn at the position.

Well, the shuffling continued today, as Smith aggravated his groin injury and the team worked out (and plans to sign) Sam Paulescu to punt this week. Paulescu’s immediate claims to fame are leveling Tampa Bay’s Clifton Smith (in the video above) and helping to determine the height of the videoboard in the new Dallas stadium.

I’m sure we’ll find out other fascinating specifics when the guy officially signs on, likely tomorrow. Something to look forward to.

Other practice notes….

  • Somehow, H.B. Blades is doing extensive work on the side just nine days after surgery, and may be available for Sunday’s game. Byron Westbrook did limited sidework, but is likely out Sunday. And Chris Horton tweaked his knee today; no details on that yet.
  • The wide receivers seemed to be having a rough practice today. I saw Malcolm Kelly get reprimanded for attempting a one-handed catch, and it wasn’t even a particularly good attempt; it almost looked like he was stiff-arming the ball away. Devin Thomas had his routes corrected a couple times and also had a couple balls bounce off his hands deep.
  • Albert Haynesworth managed to overturn a tackling dummy hard enough that it threw off the plates that weigh it down; it took three people to pick up the plates one at a time to replace them. Just a freakish display of force by Haynesworth.
  • Alvin Bowen (of all people) had the hit of practice, one that fired up the whole defense and earned him a bunch of cheers. Bowen — remember the compliance linebacker on the practice squad? — came clear through a blocker and just blew up the running back, not unlike in the compliance linebacker videos. It was the most electric moment of the entire practice, and left the running back — either Portis or Betts, couldn’t see — stunned for a few seconds.

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