I can’t get a full post up since I have to hit the road at 3:30 (20 minutes from typing this sentence) but I wanted to go over a few quick observations from practice and I’ll throw up a more in depth one tonight.
Position Battles: TJ Clemmings has pulled ahead at RT and Coach Hueber admitted it’s possible Dorian Johnson gets a redshirt after practice, especially given how pleased the coaches are with Juantez Hollins. This has nothing to do with Johnson disappointing, it’s Clemmings and At Center, it’s heating up. Artie Rowell took the majority of the reps over Gabe Roberts today and and he did well. This battle won’t be decided until the end of next week.
At WR, there isn’t a battle anymore. It’s Boyd. There were 3 “wow” plays that caused the crowd to make some noise. 2 of them were from Boyd. In the red zone, Tom Savage threw a rocket just over the DB’s hand and Boyd snatched it. The coverage was damn near perfect but the throw was better and Boyd caught it with his outstretched hands. He’s a natural hands catcher and an incredible athlete. When you watch a lot of guys catching, you see them focusing on the catch and sometimes it isn’t smooth. Boyd just catches it in stride like nothing. His second “wow moment” was a diving catch that was just out of bounds in the back of the end zone. Any other player on this team, Street included, doesn’t even make the catch.
James Conner got most of the rushes with Bennett still out (more on him tonight) but it was Rachid Ibrahim with the “wow” moment of the day. Ibrahim went off left tackle, cut inside and got into the secondary. I missed who the DB was, but Ibrahim gave him a wicked spin move to break the tackle then turned on the jets for 6. I think it was a 51 yard touchdown run. I’d place Ibrahim and Conner over Crockett at this point.
No major injuries, Street didn’t practice but he was in pads on the sideline talking the whole time. Savage was pulled early with what appeared to be a thumb injury, but he was just fine after practice, purely a precaution. Savage looked REALLY good today, especially with pressure in his face.
That’s all for now, but they looked a lot better, especially on offense, than they did last week.