Robinson is being pushed by Ed Johnson, who has "shown consistency in his bull-rushing ability and overall game basics." Johnson has been called "the most aggressive tackle out there." Through the first week he was splitting reps between the second and third teams, but is "making an impression and working his way up."
Chris Baker has also showed some progress, but he needs to work on his consistent play on every down. As one observer put it, "Chris is good when he wants to be."
Shaw looked "impressive" with a few end-around breakthroughs, but also "a few overpursuits." Observers like his aggressive style of play, but he also has the tendency to "bite on a juke or shift step." On the other side Gaines "has a lot of potential," but needs to "get his frame low so he doesn't get knocked back off the snap." Gaines has good power, but needs better control.
Among some other players who received praise at linebacker were Tyrell Sales, who "is getting comfortable playing the wing, but still has to work on his outside reads," and Jerome Hayes, who "can hit like a battering ram. He was trying to make an impression — and to me he did — he wants to play," another observer shared.
Justin King saw first-team reps on the other side at corner, showing "nice coverage on guys like Deon [Butler] — those two are fun to watch." King played "effortlessly" according to one observer. As another observer said, "these receivers are quick and can throw King off a route with a fake or step out, but King's strength is his recovery — he adjusts so well and only gets off the route for a second or so and then gets right back on the assignment."
Though Morelli delivered some nice balls on post outs and curls, "Justin keeps the window pretty tight and doesn't allow to many YACs [yards after catch]."
Given that the coaches were going easy on Davis, Knowledge Timmons was seeing a lot of first-team reps and "is getting more comfortable out there." As one observer explained, "He is learning to read the receiver better, he's locking his eyes on him to make reads rather than trying to eye the quarterback."
The two safeties that received the most scrimmage comments from observers were Spencer Ridenhour and Anthony Scirrotto. "Spencer is taking full advantage of the move [to safety]. Though he can be off with his choice of pursuit angles at times, he delivers some brutal hits." So much so the coaches asked him to pull back more than once Saturday as to minimize the chance of injuries.
On the other hand Scirrotto is described as "fast and smart" and an "ideal safety who understands how to play angles well and how to support the corners." As a side note, though Donnie Johnson is currently slated as a starting safety, he only saw minimal reps Saturday as to allow for the backups to get some first-team looks.
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