Tuesday afternoons practice was more physical than in previous days, with the offensive and defensive lines donning pads and running drills against each other. Running backs Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower also ran against the defensive line with serious contact for the first time. Wells again looked fast and strong between the tackles, but the defensive line also showcased talented young players. Calais Campbell penetrated the offensive line twice and second-round draft pick Daryl Washington stopped Wells in his tracks at the line of scrimmage.
On the offensive side of the line, tackle Jeremy Bridges impressed, overpowering every defensive lineman who came his way, twice knocking defensive end Kenny Iwebema to the turf. The offensive line also did a fair job opening holes for Wells and Hightower.
Rookie wideout Andre Roberts continued returning kicks on Tuesday, this time fielding punts from Ben Graham while under pressure from the special teams unit. If Roberts can continue to improve, the former FCS All-American could be returning kicks come September.
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