As the team stretched, there was the usual back-and-forth between the front line of offense and the first line of defense. Special teams coordinator Brian Polian stopped by to talk to Darrin Walls. The discussion seemed to be about returning kickoffs.
After stretching the defense broke into its pursuit drill, but today the focus was goal line. The first unit of goal line defense featured Sergio Brown, Harrison Smith, Kyle McCarthy, Toryan Smith, Brian Smith, Scott Smith, Steve Filer, Emeka Nwankwo, Ian Williams, Hafis Williams and Ethan Johnson.
Jon Tenuta gave the first unit instructions, saying, "We're going to knock people back."
Hafis Williams looks to be in much better shape than he was at the start of spring practice.
With Lewis-Moore's absence, Ryan had to hustle back from the second goal line unit to jump in with the first base defense on consecutive snaps.
The running backs worked on their footwork and new coach Tony Alford always stresses ball security and finishing every drill strong. Alford got on Jonas Gray during one of the footwork drills.
"C'mon on Jonas it's like you're dancing in the club, which you probably don't do," Alford said. "It's hard to watch you."
Then Alford asked Gray if he had a girlfriend at school before saying, "I hope so because you're not going to get one doing that."
Michael Golic, Jr. filled in for Wenger at center with the offensive linemen. Golic looks to have added as much weight as anybody on the team during the offseason. Frank Verducci had his group working on goal line blocking techniques that focused on each player getting low to the ground.