The initial report that seventh-round draft pick Selvish Caper would be seeing some time at guard during Thursday’s game was a bit confusing to me — guard seemed like a crowded position — but today’s release of Edwin Williams explained things some. The move offers the rookie a chance to get some work at another position, and versatility is not something the usually hurts a young player’s value.
In fact, one reason that Capers is fairly happy about the move is precisely because it might increase his chances of making the team, although he refuses to call it a “The More You Can Do” thing. “I hope it is,” he says, grinning. “I’m not saying it is, I’m not saying it’s not, but I hope so.”
The move is another change for Capers, who moved from tight end to tackle before his redshirt freshman year of college. “It’s different,” he says. “I never played guard before, so I’m trying to just get some teaching tools from Dock (Derrick Dockery) and Artis (Hicks), but the move is nothing too bad. I got a little feel for it in practice, and I feel like I can handle it.”
In fact, Capers says, the move actually reduces his responsibilities on the line. “Makes it a whole lot easier,” he says. “Tackle, you’ve got inside help but you don’t necessarily have outside help. With guard, all you’ve gotta do is pretty much protect your areas. I feel like it’s more of an area-defined position, and once you understand that aspect of it, you’ll be okay.”
And, in the end, Capers isn’t particularly choosy about where he plays. Asked for his preference between tight end, tackle, and guard, he shrugs. “Whichever one gets me a spot on this team,” he says.
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