The smell of fresh cut grass and the peppermint aroma of IcyHot mingled in the air as coaches taught the players fundamentals and proper football technique. Precision of route running seemed to be a key focus of wide receiver’s coach DelVaughn Alexander, and it paid off as a number of receivers looked sharp today.
One-on-ones (receivers and/or tight ends against the defensive backs) is definitely one of the most fun drills to watch. If you can make it out to practice I would recommend paying attention to that. It is very competitive and the guys really go at each other.
Wide receiver George Gillett looked particularly good today, running nice routes and showing good hands. In one-on-ones, Gillett started off with a nice route and catch, beating Kellen (Key-lin) Marshall in the process. In his next shot at a one-on-one, Gillett went up against cornerback Aric Williams, both played well, but Gillett was unable to make the grab.
Despite being overshadowed by fellow starting cornerback Brandon Browner, Aric Williams continues to impress, blanketing receivers more often than not, although some of his play has been too physical and would draw a flag in season play.
Head coach Mike Riley, as well as the rest of the coaching staff, focused on cutting down mental mistakes in addition to preaching to play disciplined ball. The coaching staff as a whole is doing an extremely good job of letting players know what they are doing right and wrong, both in drills and scrimmage type situations.
Jake Schubert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.