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• Neal Burcham was probably the star of the show today. Came out and showed he could really make those downfield throws. Incredibly accurate and poised.
• Garret Gilbert had a pretty good day. Still inconsistent. His arm strength is NFL caliber and he showed that he can make all the throws necessary but needs to work on touch.
• Wide receivers dropping passes still a problem. Gilbert's cannon doesn't seem to help much either.
• Jeremy Johnson is clearly the best WR of the bunch. Definitely Gilbert's favorite target. Could have a big year.
• Traylon Shead took first team reps. Behind him was pretty much Prescott Line with a few carries from Jared Williams. Didn't see much if anything at all from KC Nlemchi or Ronnell Sims. Rishaad Wimbley worked out with the defensive line for a while.
• Troy Castle and Chris Parks got first team reps at cornerback due to injuries.
• Did not participate: Ajee Montes, J.R. Richardson, Horace Richardson, Kenneth Acker, Arrius Holleman and Kyle Guinyard
• Line had a good day showing his ability to get up field and gain yardage after the catch. Also showed a little bit of his brothers ability to break tackles and stay upright after contact.
• Two guys that have been doing great work in practice are walk-on's Stephen Nelson and AJ Buffini. Buffini has been on doing work on the practice squad for a while but had some great catches today and showed his ability to get open and get downfield. These two guys have some of the best hands on the team right now.
• Derek Longoria is stepping up as one of the leaders of the defense. He flew up and down the field all day and was very vocal. Also called plays when his unit took the field.
• Zach Wood had a pick six off of a deflected shovel pass from Gilbert
• The starting defense looked very fast and was pretty stingy in the 7-on-7 drills especially the linebackers who played well in coverage.
• Chris Parks had a pretty good day overall but on one play missed a tackle that sprung Der'rikk Thompson up the sideline and no one could catch him.
• Stephon Sanders could really have a big year. Closes with great speed and tackles with good form. Athletically he is very impressive.
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