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Morning Notes: Just Add Water

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 3, 2011 – 12:14 pm

Tarps come off the field…a little too soon

If you’re a fan of down-pouring rain, you’ll be sorry that you missed today’s practice.

In all seriousness, it was really nice to have a break from the oppressive heat, and that seemed to be the consensus among players too.  These guys have all played in rain before and it’s a good experience to have for rainy Sundays this season (hello, Seattle).

Here’s a few observations from this morning’s practice, starting with drills.

Line Drills:

Drills are always hard to gauge at this point in the season, because there is a rotation at each position and some of the match-ups are particularly one-sided.  This particular drill featured offensive linemen trying to protect the quarterback from just the base rush of down defensive linemen.

One player that performed well was rookie Markus White.  White was a defensive end at Florida State and was anticipated to make the transition to outside linebacker in the 3-4.  At this point in practice however, he was putting in work on the line and looked very comfortable.

Another standout was rookie nose tackle Chris Neild, who has a reputation of being primarily a run stopper.  He wasn’t getting to the quarterback per se, but he was doing a good job at collapsing the pocket and disrupting the timing of the play.  Again, these are just drills, but it’s good to see two late-round rookies honing their craft.

More to come…


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6 Responses to “Morning Notes: Just Add Water”

  1. By Patrick on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    I watched Neild a lot at WVU because that’s where I live and I liked him. If he’s eating up blockers I’m happy with that and Orakpo and Kerrigan and the others will be happy with that too.

  2. By Zorn Supremacy on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Dude, is that blood on the gravel there? Lol, glad I don’t have to be in Shanahan’s camp!

  3. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    @ Zorn Supremacy-
    See what you’re missing out here? Haha, fortunately no, they paint the gravel to indicate where media can stand. It might make a better story the other way though…juuuust kidding

  4. By brennsdad on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    How has our rookie guard fairing? His name is Hurt I think

  5. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    @BrennsDad-
    I actually anticipated your question yesterday during the Trent Williams presser. I think he looks decent so far, but here’s what Trent said:
    “Man, Maurice, he has a chance to be one of the best guards to come through here. I like his work ethic, he’s a huge learner of the game. He’s always looking for advice, he fixes mistakes, y’know, right then, instead of two or three weeks down the line. You don’t have to tell him anything twice, he got good quick feet, good hands. I mean, I love him.”

    If Trent says so, I’d say he’s a keeper 🙂

  6. By brennsdad on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for the quick reply… I hope he does work out, I would rather see him at G, and Kory at center!

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