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Many Hands Make Limited Work

Posted by Ross Leonhart on August 2, 2011 – 6:08 pm

Just because the horn blasts to signal the end of morning practice doesn’t mean that players leave the field.  With 11 wide receivers on the roster, balls thrown by quarterbacks in practice are harder to come by than a cool breeze in early August.

As a result, players are resorting to catching balls off a Jugs machine immediately after morning practice to get some much needed reps.

Rookie Leonard Hankerson was one of the first to jump on the machine, and he uses his enormous mitts to put on a clinic.

“In practice, there’s not enough balls to go around to everybody,” said Hankerson, who had 13 touchdowns for the Hurricanes last year. “So, you’ve got to get out here to catch extra balls each way you think you’re going to catch a ball; front, left side, right side.”

That’s just what Hankerson–and fellow receivers and defensive backs–do on a daily basis.  Standing about 10 feet away from the machine, they take 1-2 step routes that give them a variety of looks that will transfer onto the football field.

The machine tops out around 100 mph.  No word on if John Beck can simulate the simulator.


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6 Responses to “Many Hands Make Limited Work”

  1. By JBreezy on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I am I the only one who was dying laughing about how many times the term “balls” was used in this post? Too funny!

  2. By reesespieces on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I doubt Beck can hit 100 now period. According to the ESPN reporter at camp, Beck has been extremely sorry. In his words, Beck has “consistently thrown behind receivers, his long ball is wobbly, and has been jittery when extra rushers have appeared although they can’t hit him”. Who cares how fast he throws a football? And all this is from 2 days of him being at camp. Also Shanahab has noted that he doesn’t have the zip on his throws he has had due to the number of first team snaps he has had. Does it sound good when I say thank god we have Rex Grossman?

  3. By skinsfan1 on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    ya i dont think john beck could throw the ball 100 mph but maybe he watched a good qb once so that makes him good enough to start

  4. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 2, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve heard that elite QBs throw somewhere around 50 mph, so catching 100 mph is pretty insane. Hmmm…do I detect a wee bit of sarcasm in your comment? Talk to me skinsfan1, who do you want?

  5. By reesespieces on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    I’m hopeful Beck will come around although I would somehow much rather have Grossman in his place. I predict Grossman to start the first half vs the Steelers to open up the preseason. And Beck to start vs the Colts. The situation will get murkier because I think we lose to the Steelers and we see bad Rex. Beck will see a Peyton Manningless Colts team which almost ensures if we can kick one field goal we will win. Then we have the Ravens which I think we lose that one because Grossman gets the worst teams to start against in the preseason and Beck gets the Bucs. Grossman 0-2. Beck 2-0. Beck gets the nod to start the season…then loses his job to Grossman.

  6. By Fan-attic on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Just for a frame of reference, Ryan Mallet hit 65.4mph on ESPN Sports Science.

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