We finally have a development at running back, as Forte looks to be atop the depth chart ahead of Adrian Peterson for the first time in training camp. Up until now, Peterson would get the first few reps in each period with the starting offense, and then Forte would eventually take over the rest of the way. But things were different Sunday, as Forte opened up with the starters during every period, and Peterson actually got most of his snaps with the second-teamers. The charade is finally over, in all likelihood. Peterson is a pro's pro and a class act across the board, but Forte is a better player right now even if he's a rookie with no NFL experience. ...
With Terrence Metcalf still nursing a sore knee, Josh Beekman was once again the starting left guard between Olin Kreutz and John St. Clair. Beekman hasn't had a very good camp by any stretch of the imagination, and he didn't help his cause any after being whistled for a false start during 9-on-9 action. This isn't the first time that the former fourth-round draft pick has had trouble with the count, as he's also snapped the ball between his legs prematurely on more than one occasion while lining up at center. ...
Desmond Clark enjoyed a veteran's day off, giving Greg Olsen all the first-team reps at tight end Sunday. Olsen delivered one of the highlights of the day during 7-on-7, running a shallow crossing pattern toward the right sideline and making a one-handed catch on a pass from Grossman with Hunter Hillenmeyer in coverage. And it's not like the ball was thrown so poorly that Olsen needed to make a one-handed grab, but it was simply the easiest way for him to reel in the pass and then turn the corner as quickly as possible. ...
Asking Hester to be the primary target in this receiving corps might be a tall order, but there's no question the one-time cornerback is making strides offensively and is much better at running routes than he was a year ago. Sunday was perhaps Hester's most impressive day of training camp thus far, catching quick screens, deep outs, and long bombs with relative ease no matter who was throwing him the ball. In terms of his continued development as a pass-catcher, the fact that he reeled in an 18-yard comeback from Grossman – perfect route, perfect pass, perfect catch – speaks volumes because that pattern takes a while to develop and usually has to be thrown before the receiver even makes his cut. ...
On the rookie front, Marcus Monk finally started to make some plays and used his 6-4 frame to bring in a pair of high throws Sunday. Forte just continues to make a name for himself, running the ball strong between the tackles and catching the ball effortlessly out of the backfield most every day. Marcus Harrison, on the other hand, wasn't generating much of a push up front with the second unit and got an earful from defensive line coach Brick Haley at one point during 11-on-11.
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