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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