USAAAB: West Thursday Notebook

The West practice featured some big plays from the receivers this morning, but the defensive backs also got some revenge...

The receivers were the star of the morning practice today. Particularly Kasen Williams, who made several big time catches, jumping over defenders, making great adjustments to the ball in the air and demonstrating superior ball skills.

Trey Metoyer also made his presence felt. He's faster than Williams, and also went high to grab passes over top of would-be defenders.

Victor Blackwell has good hands and showed some deep speed. DeAnthony Arnett is a smooth route runner who creates separation, but was quiet in this practice. Jaxson Shipley made a few nice grabs in practice, rounding out a very good group of receivers. Odell Beckham, who has been going both ways this week, had a very nice day at receiver.

Of the quarterbacks, J.W. Walsh probably had the best day. He has good arm strength, and can throw on the move. That said, I think he trusts his arm too much and will force passes into tight windows at times.

Bubba Starling has good tools. He's big, his passes have good velocity, but he has a bit of a long release. Cody Kessler is accurate, but I thought he hung on to the ball too long today and was a little late on some of his throws. Driphus Jackson had a solid morning, making a couple of nice throws.

On defense, DeAnthony Thomas had a great day in coverage. He has great hips and feet, and made several pass breakups. George Atkinson also impressed. He plays deep safety and does a great job of recognizing routes and not letting anyone get behind him. Charles Jackson also had a very nice morning.

Steve Edmond was very impressive in coverage. He twice ran 35 yards downfield with receivers. For a big kid who was known as a run stopper, he looked great running around out there. Lamar Dawson had a nice pick, dropping into a zone and jumping a route.

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