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.
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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