We talked to Jaworski from his office at NFL Films on Thursday evening, and his thoughts on Reilly haven't changed.
Packer Report: Are you still as high on Reilly as you were before the draft?
Jaws: I thought the Saints were going to sign him earlier this week. He went down there to work out, and I was in New Orleans a couple weeks ago for a Monday night game against Atlanta. (Saints general manager) Mickey Loomis was telling me they were going to bring him in, they really liked him — they brought him in but they didn't sign him. Hey, the Packers got him. I think they've got a kid with some real upside. I really, really do.
Packer Report: What did you see out of him?
Jaws: At the draft, I was very critical of teams who were not taking this kid in the late rounds. I'm not going to say my evaluation is always right, because I've missed on a few too, but I thought this kid — fifth, sixth, seventh round — was a kid that showed upside. Everyone's asking, ‘Hey, where's the next Tom Brady? You know, at 199, sixth round, blah, blah, blah.' And I said, here's a kid who I really liked. I ended up looking at one tape on him and was so impressed that I just got more tape on him. It was like watching high school tape when I first looked at him because there was nobody at the game out there. But the one thing I noticed is he had all the throws. He had a good feel for the pocket. He read the blitzes, he had a good feel for where the coverage was going to be. He got the ball out of his hand. I was really impressed with him. I've got to tell you, obviously I'm just looking at tape, but then I saw earlier this preseason, we were up in Latrobe at the Steelers' camp and I watched him very closely. I liked the way the ball came out of his hand. He had a good spin on it, he's got good arm strength and he's just one of those guys that you have to give reps to. Give him time. I think it's a good situation for him up in Green Bay.
Packer Report: I'm telling you — I'm going to write this story and I'll have at least 10 e-mails from people telling me that this kid is from Division II Central Washington.
Mike Reilly completed 10-of-15 passes in the preseason for Pittsburgh.
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Packer Report: Well, he's hungry. Just talking to him today, he was thrilled to be here after going unsigned after four tryouts. Heck, he was working a real job!
Jaws: Well, he's got a real job now, and I'm happy for him. He's a great kid and I know he will bust his tail.
Packer Report: You know, I really liked Brian Brohm as a person, but from the first day of practice, it was obvious that he just couldn't throw the ball.
Jaws: Well, it was funny. We were out there last year and I was not real high on Brian. None of these things are personal. I got into a debate with (ESPN college analyst) Kirk Herbstreit and said, ‘Man, look at all the guys Brian Brohm had at Louisville. His receivers were all drafted, yet this guy just couldn't dominate.' And then when I saw him out at Green Bay when we were out there before that preseason game, I mean, he just didn't have an NFL arm. He had good accuracy and anticipation, but in this league, man, you've got to be able to throw some strikes and have a good fastball.
Packer Report: Yeah, there's not too many guys like Chad Pennington who can make it without a good arm.
Jaws: To me, JaMarcus Russell has a great arm but he's not very accurate. I still believe it starts with arm strength. You've got to be able to get the ball down the field. Those third-and-14s and third-and-15s, when you've got to squeeze it in, that's what separates guys right now. The anticipation and the ability to stroke it in there.
Packer Report: So, you think Reilly has that ability?
Jaws: Absolutely. Yes I do.
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