Sunday was generally a sloppy practice overall, as passes were slipping right through players' fingers way too often during positional drills. The kickoff return team looked particularly dreadful from start to finish even when the incomparable Devin Hester was back there fielding the ball, allowing a certain nasty term that rhymes with "blusterduck" to creep into this beat writer's head on more than one occasion. Chester Adams being whistled for a false start during 9-on-9 work, an unforced fumble by Adrian Peterson in 11-on-11 action, back-to-back dropped balls by veteran Marty Booker in the two-minute drill – it was just a mess out there more often than not. ...
Garrett Wolfe has been getting more and more reps with the second team after his impressive performance Thursday night in the exhibition opener, which means he could potentially elevate over the versatile Peterson on the depth chart by the time the regular season arrives. Wolfe still has a tough time finding some wiggle room between the tackles, but it certainly isn't for a lack of effort because he never stops his legs when buried in a crowd of defenders. While Kevin Jones took part in practice for the second straight day after being taken off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, he looks quite rusty out there and is still a few days away from getting significant time in the backfield. ...
Even though the signal-callers have been struggling to put drives together, the tight ends continue to shine and are quite obviously the strongest part of this offense right now. While starter Desmond Clark is still getting it done when called upon, second-year pro Greg Olsen is borderline uncoverable at times and really presents matchup problems for most any secondary. Fontel Mines did drop a slant from the improving Caleb Hanie when running with the third team, but rookie Kellen Davis made another big play with a completion from Grossman deep down the seam. ...
While Brown is happy as can be back in the starting lineup and allowing those good vibrations to translate into big plays defensively, Mark Anderson has been a ghost out there with the second team. He's had occasional flashes because of that high-octane motor that carried him to a runner-up finish for Defensive Rookie of the Year as a fifth-round draft pick two seasons ago, but he's not getting to the passer consistently and jumps offside almost daily. If Anderson is having trouble getting past the likes of undrafted free agent Cody Balogh, don't expect much from him facing Bryant McKinnie on third down. ...
It's possible some of the draft choices have hit the proverbial training camp wall, probably because none of them has ever spent this much time on football – both on and off the field. Earl Bennett isn't catching near the amount of passes he was a week or so ago, and Craig Steltz hasn't gotten his hands on a ball in the secondary for a few practices now. Marcus Monk might be letting that big drop in Thursday's preseason game get to him since his fingers are still a tad slippery out there, while Marcus Harrison can't seem to get near the penetration that Matt Toeaina does in the trenches.
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