Sometimes during practice, the best material isn’t happening on the field; it’s off to the sidelines and after the whistle. Here are a few observations from today’s morning practice:
1. Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe is a cycling fiend:
Atogwe was held out of practice today with a sore hamstring, but was flying on the bike. Head coach Mike Shanahan said after practice that it was merely precautionary and, “we don’t want to overwork him. He’s getting the mental reps.”
Running back Ryan Torain and wide receiver Malcolm Kelly were also both relegated to the bikes today. Neither could keep up with Atogwe’s stationary speed though.
2. Rookie hazing is pretty tame:
We’ve come a long way from taping players to the goalpost, but it’s always nice to know that no rookie is too important to carry a veteran’s gear. Here is outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan carrying the gear for linebackers Brian Orakpo and Edgar Jones:
3. Players get into some extra-curriculars:
It’s hot, it’s full-contact, and player’s fuses are starting to get short. Today was the first day where there was really any pushing and shoving after the play, and center Will Montgomery was right in the middle of it. On two separate occasions, he got tied up with inside linebackers London Fletcher and Rocky McIntosh.
I’m not sure what was done or said during the scrum (probably unbloggable anyway), but it’s nice to see some of these guys digging in and getting gritty out there.
Shanahan said after practice that he didn’t encourage or discourage a few minor scuffles in practice.
“You have competitors out there,” he said. “You have guys competing for a position. Guys with a lot of pride and that’s what you’re looking for, especially in camp.”
4. Veteran influence is very real:
Donte Stallworth is a class act and is very well-respected in NFL circles. Part of the reason for bringing him in here was to have a burner on offense that can contribute to winning games.
But the second reason may be more important than the first, and that’s to teach the young receivers how to be professional in a way that no coach can. Here is a great shot of Stallworth taking time after practice to coach up Leonard Hankerson on the details of his routes:
No matter what Stallworth is able to do on the field, he should be respected for the influence that he’ll have on the team for years to come.
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