It seems the positive morale provided by seventh-year linebacker Carlos Polk had no effect on his teammates. Polk has provided his voice in songs and chants since day one.
The defensive backs then moved up field to take on the wide receivers for some one-on-one action. Former University of Georgia standout Paul Oliver went 0-for-2 against fellow rookie Sonny Shackelford. Jarrett Hicks, from Texas Tech also toasted Oliver, leaving the supplement draft pick 0-for-3 in the drill.
Oliver is competing for a role in the dime defense this season and is expected to move into the nickel spot in 2008, assuming Drayton Florence is not re-signed.
Vincent Jackson has his best practice of training camp. He dominated the playing field, as his hands were continually quick and available.
Hicks is another receiver who stood out. He has shined throughout camp, exploding off the line and selling his routes well. He is quick and has strong hands, giving him a legitimate chance to steal a roster spot.
Cromartie and Matt Wilhelm seemed chummy on the sidelines; both are coping with heightened expectations for the upcoming season. Also on the sidelines, defensive end Jacques Cesaire complained that his left knee was bothering him. The fifth-year player pointed out his left kneecap to coaches and teammates. His concern brought attention from Luis Castillo and Ryon Bingham. Cesaire attempted to keep pressure off the left side by continuously shifting his weight; when the group split, he limped and then attempted to jog to his squad.
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