Sunday Camp: Jones in the Lead

From Berea: Romeo Crennel is now telling reporters that Sean Jones is ahead of fellow safety Brodney Pool for the one open starting safety job. Here's the latest...

Sean Jones has taken the lead over Brodney Pool in the battle to be the starting strong safety, Coach Romeo Crennel said after practice Sunday morning.

Jones started against the Eagles in the preseason opener and then Pool played the next series, so it was difficult to get a read on Crennel's thinking until Sunday.

This is the third season for Jones, but in reality it is his second because he missed all of 2004 recovering from knee surgery. This is Pool's second season. He got more playing time than Jones last year. He was credited with 25 tackles compared to four for Jones.

"It's still a battle, but Sean is slightly ahead," Crennel said. "He's a little more mature. He has more urgency about the job. Sean Jones wasn't ready last year. We tried to give him the job and he couldn't do it. This year we put him in competition for the job and he's more ready. Being in the system for a year and the importance of having to do it this year helps a guy."

Jones was the starting strong safety early in camp last year but he lost his job to Chris Crocker. Jones has looked surer of himself in camp this year. He was ranked as the second best safety in the 2004 draft behind only Sean Taylor. Taylor was taken by the Redskins with the fifth pick in the first round. Butch Davis drafted Jones in the second round.

Run a Lap: Crennel punished the defense by making it run a lap around one of the fields right in the middle of practice. Only 10 players lined up for a particular play, and that's when Crennel told them to get going. Rookie Kamerion Wimbley was at the front of the pack.

"I mentioned before that if we had only 10 we were going to run a little extra," Crennel said. "We had 10 out there so we ran extra."

Crennel anticipated they would make the mistake before he gave the team the warning. The 10 player alignment was not a repeat offense.

"I just kind of know what happens," he said. "I've been out there enough. The show-team guys aren't crazy about being the show-team in the first place. Sometimes they forget to be out there."
Bodden Outstanding: Leigh Bodden was the Camper of the Morning. He intercepted one pass and knocked down two others.

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