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Pass Defense Looks Sharp In Match-ups

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 30, 2011 – 12:25 pm

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The highlight of any practice is when the offense lines up against defense for 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills.  The fans become really engaged and yelled out their encouragement (or frustration) to the players.  I found myself muffling my own outburst a few times, almost forgetting where I was.  And I may have pretended it was the guy next to me.

As they will throughout camp, the players circulated through different combinations on both sides of the ball.

Recap on offense:

Quarterback John Beck looked great for the underneath and crossing patterns.  Whether or not his receivers came down with the ball was a different story, but he did a nice job of firing it in there.  Tight end Fred Davis didn’t get as many looks as yesterday, but he made the most of his opportunities and looked explosive.

Beck struggled to connect with receivers Jabar Gaffney and Anthony Armstrong on deep balls, missing long both times.  Probably the best pass of the morning was a completion to Armstrong on a slant pass, which Beck had to thread between several defenders.  It wasn’t for a huge gain, but it showed the Beck can make the throws through a tight window and not turn the ball over.

Recap on defense:

Great morning in the 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills.  Cornerback DeAngelo Hall was challenged by Beck several times but didn’t allow any receptions.  Safety Chris Horton had a great play against Armstrong, breaking up a sure catch before Armstrong could bring it in.  The defense as a whole looked very good in 1-on-1 battles.

The wide receivers got instruction on route running and being physical at the line from coach Keenan McCardell and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan:

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5 Responses to “Pass Defense Looks Sharp In Match-ups”

  1. By Redskinrey on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Chris Horton is a Safety not a linebacker.

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    *tips cap*

  3. By cornelldagr8 on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Exactly what I was about to say. Laron Landry is the one that looks like a linebacker but he still plays safety also.

  4. By Stu on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Hopefully the DBs are just that good and the throws aren’t that bad. I know I don’t sound it there but I am still optimistic about our offense.

  5. By timmoe on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    I would be optimistic if we had filled our O-line a little more. Even if shanny is confident in what we have, all it takes is one injury and we get another “rebuilding” season. remember how awesome Jason Campbell looked in the first half of 09, then fell to pieces after a couple key injuries?

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