We can speculate all we want, but a coaching staff never really knows what it has until their players are put under the fire. The upcoming pre-season game against the New York Giants will go a long way in cementing thoughts in the minds of the staff.
Players of Note
- QB Brady Quinn had an up-and-down session. The second-year signal-caller continues a disturbing trend of throwing every ball hard, especially across the middle where the slightest error could be costly. During the evening session, Quinn had one ball tipped and nearly intercepted. This follows a morning session where RB Jerome Harrison couldn't haul in a Quinn bullet and was nearly picked.
Later in the session, CB A.J. Davis stepped in front of a pass intended for WR Lance Leggett and picked the throw off down the far sideline. Close to the end of 11-on-11 drills, Quinn threw a beautiful 50-yard pass to Leggett, which fell off the outstretched finger-tips of the rookie receiver. Rookie CB Mil'von James was in coverage and has a handful of jersey when the receiver was making a play on the ball.
Between the interception and questionable play in the end-zone, Quinn appeared relatively sharp. As well as getting some reps with the first-team offensive unit earlier in the session, the QB looked flawless in completing passes to Donte Stallworth, John Cribbs, Travis Wilson and Syndric Steptoe.
- QB Derek Anderson was his usual workmanlike self in the evening session. Anderson completed multiple passes to WR Steve Sanders and Kellen Winslow, as well as finding the rising Steptoe while in team drills. Anderson was nearly picked-off late in the session, as rookie CB Damon Jenkins nearly came away with an errant toss intended for Steptoe.
Anderson continues to show progress in reading and recognizing at a quicker rate, he still tends to lock on a receiver. In most cases the defense can make a play on the ball, but this QB simply waits till the last moment to give-up on WR Braylon Edwards and TE Kellen Winslow in the passing game. Here's to transformation, in the event the team doesn't have those two explosive quality receivers on the field at Anderson's disposal.
- WR Donte Stallworth has quietly become a factor and explosive quality in the offensive scheme. Fast, strong and healthy, Stallworth is very quick and powerful, in and out of routes. It is a rare sight to see this WR drop a ball and his yardage after catch could be a key for this team in the 2008 season.
- CB A.J. Davis has taken his share of lumps in camp drills and well as in the pre-season opener, but the second-year player is not getting down on himself. Davis nearly picked off a pass in the Tuesday morning session, and he did intercept a Quinn pass in the evening session. Davis is relatively inexperienced but gaining some tough-love defending the likes of Edwards and Stallworth, which will only make him a better player in time.
- NT Shaun Rogers returned for the evening session after sitting out with a little knee issue. Rogers was running around the field well, penetrating the offensive line and chasing down RB's and a WR on a reverse in drills. Guess sitting out that morning session refreshed the veteran.
- DE Chase Pittman was strong in the team drills, on two occasions beating/pushing backup LT James Lee back into the pocket in team drills, with a simple bull-rush. Pittman has come on over the past week in sessions.
- Again, rookie NT Ahtyba Rubin either received a wake-up call or the lights and sense of urgency has made it to the linemen. As in the morning session, Rubin was stronger at the point, did drive through the opposition on occasion and got better pad leverage.
- WR Steve Sanders hauled in a few balls in the session, but was stripped of one reception, which recent acquisition DB Travis Key recovered.
- TE Martin Rucker (knee) is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a meniscus tear.
- OLB Antwan Peek (knee) is rehabbing at the facility and on schedule for the regular season opener.
- LB Beau Bell (knee) remains out due to knee surgery and could start rehabbing next week.
- OG Ryan Tucker (hip) was on the field observing the practice session.
- WR Kevin Kasper (hamstring) remains out of commission.
- FB Kolo Kapanui (knee) worked under the supervision of the training staff.