For the first time this training camp, players had to run back-to-back practices after yesterday’s flip-flopped schedule. Coaches accounted for some soreness today, but everybody’s conditioning looked pretty good.
Offense vs. Defense Drills:
As a group, the quarterbacks stumbled out of the gate. In the first session of 11-on-11 drills, only Kellen Clemens was able to complete a pass, a needle to Leonard Hankerson over the middle. Both John Beck and Rex Grossman looked uncomfortable in the pocket and likely would have been sacked a couple times.
In the subsequent 7-on-7 drills, there was less pressure on the pocket and all quarterbacks fared better. Beck went 2-for-3, only missing on a Hankerson dropped ball. Grossman also completed 2-for-three and was bailed out by Niles Paul on a high pass that he went up and got. Clemens went 2-for-4, and was picked off by an acrobatic Anderson Russell jumping his route. He also had a slick pass to tight end Fred Davis over the middle.
Davis looks good no matter who throws to him.
In the final 11-on-11 drill session, the numbers were vastly improved from the first session. Beck went 3-for-4, Grossman 2-for-4, and Clemens 1-for-1. Davis, Niles Paul, and Santana Moss all made good catches over the middle. Donte Stallworth is known as a burner, but he has such good agility that he can adjust to a poorly thrown pass. Good session for the offense.
In what is easily the most exciting part of practice, the practice session ended with Grossman and Beck leading drives down the field.
It’s hard to read too much into the results because of the personnel groupings, but Grossman had the advantage because he scored. The big play on Grossman’s drive was a lob pass to Terrence Austin who had gotten behind two defenders. With the ball in his hands, he streaked 35 yards to about the 10 yard line. Grossman hit Fred Davis to the right side who dove into the endzone.
Beck’s unit struggled to get started, and the highlight 15-yard run by Beck was called back due to penalty.
Nobody separated themselves from the others today, good or bad. Beck still takes too long to get rid of the ball and Grossman still throws off his back foot into traffic. Because of the final drives, I would say that Grossman’s stock rose today, and Beck stayed about even.
The good news is that Clemens has a chance to be one of the best third-stringers in the league.
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