Lane's Training Camp Quick Hits

The 4th practice is in the books, and Lane Adkins offers up myriad tidbits on the happenings.

- WR Braylon Edwards (ankle), NT Shaun Rogers (ankle) and Don Carey (shoulder) all missed the Monday morning practice session. Edwards and Rogers were enjoying a pleasant morning riding on the stationary bikes, while Carey was not on the field.

- CB Eric Wright left the practice session after appearing to have tweaked a hamstring. Corey Ivy gained additional reps when Wright went down and fared reasonably well in breaking up a couple passes, although he was beaten by WR Lance Leggett on a deep route. QB Brady Quinn laid in a perfectly thrown pass from 50+ yards out into the waiting arms of Leggett, who bobbled the pass, but hauled in what was a TD reception.

- With Rogers on the sideline, Robaire Smith, Ahtyba Rubin, Louis Leonard and C.J. Mosely rotated at the nose tackle position. Rubin, believed the be the front-runner to backup Rogers this season, fared best of the group.

- During drills pitting offensive versus defensive linemen. Mosely blew by LT Joe Thomas with surprising ease. Thomas did not set in position quick enough and Mosely wasted little time in exposing Thomas. In their next encounter, Thomas anchored down, displayed a quick and decisive punch, stopping Mosely dead in his tracks, providing the defensive lineman very little drive opportunity.

- Rubin gaining some additional exposure as he got the best of two encounters with rookie center Alex Mack. On one occasion, Rubin drove Mack into the backfield and the second Rubin maintained the upper hand in a very physical battle.

- Veteran center Hank Fraley worked well in the practice session, limiting the advances of NT Shaun Smith and Louis Leonard. Lined up with the starting unit in team drills, Fraley was in the middle of some effective blocking in drills.

- Midway through the session on Sunday, veteran Ryan Tucker gained reps with the starting unit. Since this time, Tucker appears to be regaining his feel for the game, and has been much more competitive and fluid in drills. 

- Alongside Tucker has been free agent acquisition Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack. Womack has been quietly effective throughout the four practice sessions to date.

- John St. Clair lined up as the starter at RT early in the camp sessions, but has worked with the second unit at LT and RT of late. This movement is part of the evaluation process of the coaching staff to determine versatility and depth.

- Undrafted rookie free agent Branndon Braxton continues to display some impressive skills. Long and athletic, Braxton is showing improving footwork and strength that makes him a viable prospect for this team. Braxton is a player to watch and evaluate his development.

- OLB David Bowens has been effective in gaining pressure coming off the edge from his OLB position. Throughout practice sessions Bowens has been driving linemen, TE's and RB's back in drills; this morning Bowens destroyed RT George Foster in one specific blocking drill. Foster did make a better showing when the two faced off again; in gaining positioning and balance, Foster fended off the rush of Bowens.

- TE Steve Heiden got to remove the red limited-contact jersey and was involved in drills, catching a pass in a team drill midway through the session.

- TE Martin Rucker was blown off the ball in blocking drills by OLB Alex Hall. In their second encounter, Rucker fared better, but still had his hands full with the quick and decisively stronger Hall.

- DE Kenyon Coleman batted down a pass again in today's practice session. Getting hands up to block the view of the QB has been a facet worked on during drills.

- The ILB's, namely Eric Barton and D'Qwell Jackson play instinctively; flowing to the ball has not been an issue for the pair as the defensive staff installs new scheme packages.

- The Monday morning session was an up and down affair for Quinn and Derek Anderson. Anderson threw the ball well on most occasions, but was again intercepted, this time by safety Hamza Abdullah who returned the pick for a TD. Despite the interception, Anderson's poise and accuracy were solid for the second straight session.

- Quinn simply appears to get better as a practice session progresses and facing live competition. Granted, the QB still threw numerous passes behind the receivers, one which would have been an easy TD pass to rookie Jordan Norwood. But, his overall touch down field is improving with each passing session. As with Anderson, the number of errant passes should diminish once the timing with the receivers and within the offensive sets become second nature.

- Another practice in the books and another day I have to write about rookie RB James Davis. Again in this session against top-of-the-depth chart competition, Davis' quick one-cut-and-go ability, coupled with what appears to be excellent vision and quickness makes him interesting and intriguing to follow. Now, we have viewed players in the past waltz into camp and excite -- let's see what happens in a couple weeks when the practices begin to take their physical and mental toll on a player and the preseason games begin.

- WR Paul Hubbard has not gotten off to a solid start in camp. Hubbard has dropped a few passes, which was the knock on the speedy receiver when coming out of Wisconsin. During the Monday morning session, Hubbard cut off a route which resulted in an incomplete pass, came back and made a fantastic reception of a Quinn dart in the hurry-up, then flailed aimlessly at another Quinn attempt later in the same session.

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