"He's looking good so far," inside linebacker Ramik Wilson. "We've got to keep working and executing our plays and find the right guy that can help us in that dime package in third-and-long."
Swann likes that role.
"It's closer to the action and not really being isolated all the time," Swann said. "It's where a lot of stuff is going on."
"Swann, he was showing up pretty good now," outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. "Him and little J.J. They had some pretty good hits today."
Sophomore J.J. Green, who played tailback last season, worked Thursday as the No. 1 nickel back.
"J.J.'s been great," Swann said. "We've been in thud (not tackling to the ground). I've seen J.J. come up and put the equipment in some guys. That's what you're looking for when you have a guy of J.J.'s size (5-9, 187) that plays in that box at that nickel spot. That's what you like, a guy that can be in there and be physical."
Rare open door at practice
That gave a chance to see Pruitt's defense go through its drills for two hours.
The practice was fast-paced and energetic.
"That's a normal practice," Wilson said. "We've been getting after it just like that every day and it's only making us better. …It feels like a game out there. That's what we need."
This and that
Offensive tackle Watts Dantzler left practice, walking with a trainer but his injury should be known today.
Tailback Todd Gurley ran hard against the first-team defense, but was on the sideline some of the time the starters were practicing.