August 4, 2010

Notes From Day Seven

-Several of the first-teamers sat out of practice and observed the proceedings on the sidelines. Jammal Brown, Clinton Portis, Santana Moss, Larry Johnson, Joey Galloway, and London Fletcher all sat out. Albert Hanyesworth missed practice again while Mike Furrey (illness) and Malcolm Kelly (hamstring) did as well.

-That made for a rather quiet practice, but the most important thing I noted today was that S LaRon Landry had a great day in coverage. He was strong over the top and didn't let much get behind him. He gave some perfect safety help to CB Carlos Rogers on a deep ball to WR Terrence Austin.

-Rex Grossman missed badly on a pair of deep passes. He will need to sharpen it up as the QB competition just kicked up a notch with new QB John Beck on the field.

-LB Robert Henson had a great interception on a Richard Bartel pass downfield. His coverage on the play was impressive.

-The tight ends have been moving all over the field. Chris Cooley and Fred Davis lined up out wide. Davis did that on occasion last season, and why not? He is athletic enough to play some wide-out. He is smoother and appears to have lost some weight. He is definitely speedier. Cooley lined up in the slot at times last season, and can make an impact there.

-WR/KR Brandon Banks returned some punts today. He is elusive and shifty with great vision. You have to worry about his size though. He might be pushing 160 pounds. I wouldn't want to see him involved in a high speed collision.

-WR Terrence Austin dropped a catchable pass in coverage. It was thrown a bit high, but he should have caught it.

-S Chris Horton dropped an easy interception on a ball thrown by Donovan McNabb. Horton needs to make the most of every opportunity since his role isn't as defined anymore after LaRon Landry was moved over to SS.

-The offense after the first week has been inconsistent. They have shown some potential running the ball and both Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson are in fantastic shape (Portis in particular). The passing game has been hit-or-miss. I'm not as worried about that though because we all know when the real games start, McNabb will be ready.

-I like what I've seen from Trent Williams. He has been steady thus far, and he possesses the size and potential to be the franchise tackle Mike Shanahan wants.

-The defense has improved by leaps and bounds. Not that they ever looked awful, but they are getting more comfortable every day.

-The secondary is reborn after a dismal year. Rogers and DeAngelo Hall are playing well, and new starting FS Kareem Moore might be the most pleasant surprise of camp.

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