On Friday, the linebackers all took their turn at the dummy on the sled before the D-lineman did. This was practice in shedding blockers and they exploded into the dummy and pushed it away with both leg explosion and their arms. The higher you got the dummy up in the air and the more noise you made doing it the better. Kevin Simon got it right on both counts here.
So did Khary Campbell:
The next drill was difficult to figure out. Two linebackers faced off a few yards apart and moved parallel to each other about eight yards and then broke off and went back into line.
Not much action there, I suppose there was some benefit in terms of lateral movement in this one.
The drill they did at the same time on Saturday made a little more sense. Two linebackers took off on a short dash. . .
. . .and a ball was thrown at one of them at close range. Marcus Washington made the grab. . .
. . .as did Lemar Marshall.
Then they put down four orange disks in a zigzag pattern and the linebackers took turns running the short course. The expectation was that you plant your foot firmly when making the cut as Chris Clemons does here:
Kevin Simon, however, couldn't quite get the cut just right, at least according to linebackers coach Dale Lindsey.
So Lindsey watched him do it again. . .
. . .and a few more times after that. Truth be told, it didn't seem like Simon was cutting that much worse than some of the others; it appeared the Lindsey was engaging in a little bit of rookie hazing.
The next drill on Saturday might provide some fodder for one of those "Caption this photo" threads on the message boards.
One was the ball carrier and the other was the tackler. They came at each other at a perpendicular angle and one of them wrapped up and lifted up the other. At first, the one playing the offensive player would jump up into the arms of the "tackler". Lindsey, however, wanted the defensive player to do the lifting, prompting him to shout, "Don't jump! This isn't a f---ing basketball drill!"
Spencer Havner got the message pretty well and executed the maneuver as it was drawn up.
Gregg Williams prowled around and observed the various drills that his charges were executing. When he saw something that he didn't like, his favorite phrase was "Pull your thumb out of your a--!" A good number of players were directed to do that during the course of the three day minicamp.
Wrapping it up in Part Three, a look at the pitchin' and catchin' and the media madness that follows.