The only player who stood out offensively Monday was the newly-rich Devin Hester, who put on a show all day long. During positional drills, he slipped and fell on his rear running a hook pattern about 15 yards downfield, but he still managed to reach up and share a bullet of a pass from Grossman to the delight of everyone in attendance. Then during 11-on-11 in the red zone, he took an end around from Orton, out-ran his lead blocker Josh Beekman, and actually clipped fellow wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on his way to paydirt – Lloyd gripped him forearm in obvious pain for a short time, although he appeared to be fine later. ...
There were a lot of absentees Monday at defensive tackle, so third-round pick Marcus Harrison was running with the first team alongside Tommie Harris. Harrison has all the ability in the world, and he has a chance to be a good one since Harris will be the one commanding double teams on most every snap. He played Harris' three-technique position at Arkansas for the most part, but Harrison is big enough to play the nose in this league and probably offers more of a pass-rushing threat than the likes of Dusty Dvoracek or Anthony Adams. ...
There's simply no other way to describe it: the offensive line looks flat-out terrible. Olin Kreutz is a six-time Pro Bowler and first-rounder Chris Williams might be a great one as a rookie, but both of them are out of action right now and forced to watch helplessly as their fellow big uglies get their collective butt kicked on most every snap. Beekman and Terrence Metcalf were getting shoved all over the place by the likes of Harrison and Matt Toeaina, who might not even make the final 53-man roster, plus Metcalf and rookie Kirk Barton were grabbing pass-rushers by the facemask on more than one occasion. ...
Mark Anderson hasn't necessarily had a great camp and probably isn't happy that he was asked to give his starting job back to Alex Brown, but he was a force to be reckoned with Monday. He got tremendous penetration on John Tait in 11-on-11 and batted down a pass from Orton, and then he beat Barton a few snaps later to swat away a throw from Grossman. While Anderson continues to rely on speed and quickness alone to chase after the enemy quarterback, he's quite effective when he can get an offensive tackle off balance ...
As for the daily rookie report, Bowman's interception was particularly impressive because it looked like Grossman was simply trying to throw the ball away, but the young corner was still able to make the grab over his shoulder thanks to a burst of speed. Head coach Lovie Smith likes what he sees so far out of Harrison, who is an intimidating physical specimen and got a lot of work Monday with the starting defense. A lot of experts loved the Marcus Monk pick in Round 7, but the 6-4 target hasn't done much to distinguish himself just yet.
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