Senior Bowl, Day Two: Rebounds

The second day of the Senior Bowl saw many players author improved performances, shaking off the rust and better exhibiting their talents to the NFL teams in attendance. Here is a look at six prospects in particular who bounced back strong on Tuesday.

FB Owen Merecic

A two-way player at Stanford, Merecic looked right at home on the offensive side of the ball on Tuesday. He caught everything thrown his way as a check-down receiver and even made a terrific reception deep down the middle of the field. Plus, his time spent at linebacker is reflected in his tenacity as a blocker and on special teams.

WRs Austin Pettis and Niles Paul

After dropping too many catchable balls on Monday, Pettis bounced back and had an outstanding second session. He ran precise routes and showed strong hands, reaching out to snatch the ball even against tight coverage. He also showed excellent concentration and body control by picking apart the defense along the sideline.

Paul demonstrated strong hands for the second consecutive day, helping alleviate what was a major concern coming into the Senior Bowl. What made his second practice much better is what he did during the live scrimmage, playing physical and taking the ball up the field.

Offensive Linemen Marcus Gilbert and James Carpenter

OT Marcus Gilbert
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Gilbert (Florida) and Carpenter (Alabama) shook off the rust and performed much better during their second practice. Both moved much better and demonstrated improved kick slides. It looks as if the coaching of Cincinnati Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander is making an immediate difference.

DE/OLB Brooks Reed

A hybrid defender out of Arizona, Reed found his comfort zone on Day Two when the coaching staff allowed him to get after the passer. He was also allowed to stand up on a handful of snaps, showcasing what he can do if asked to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

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