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Tuesday Morning- The North
None of the quarterbacks
looked good today, David Garrard
was wild with his accuracy was wild, Josh McCown did not react
well when pressured
and Kurt Kittner's
throws lack zip and he tried to direct the ball too much.
was consistent showing good moves, shake-n-bake and great vision with a lot of
patience mixed in carrying the ball. Lamar
Gordon showed well today. He
is a patient runner with good vision and finds the running lanes quickly getting
through them and has the speed to turn the corner.
worked hard all morning, diving all over the field to make the tough reception,
while Daniel Graham constantly beat opposing linebackers trying to
cover him. Though his blocking is
nothing to write home about it is not because from lack-of-effort rather, pure
Antwaan Randle-El looked solid in every aspect of his game. As a punt returner, he handled the duties well and was even better when used as a receiver; he caught the ball well all day long, went over the middle, extended to pull the high pass out of the air. Ashley Lelie was at practice hanging out. We spoke with him at length and presently he is in Atlanta working out full-time with Chip Smith.
To our minds no linemen looked as
good as Chester Pitts; he is fundamentally sound, has excellent
footwork and plays with good technique until the whistle blows.
He also showed surprising strength at the point and buried Dwight Freeney
the first play in drills. Eric
Heitman drew much praise from the coaches today and he worked hard,
playing with both strength and leverage. Richard
Williams made his debut here today and his upper body strength is
apparent, so apparent as he looks almost top heavy. He is strong at the point
but needs a lot of technique work as he does too much shifting of his shoulders
and is not good with his hands. How
intense is this week? Victor Rogers and Eric Heitman had blood stained uniforms
by the middle of the session. Matt
Hill did not distinguish himself and looked out-classed.
Ayodele was obviously the best athlete of all the defensive linemen from
the North. He is fluid and fast,
covers a lot of ground and was quick off the snap but had difficulty getting off
blocks once engaged with opponents. Ayodele
told us during an interview (which we will post next week) he has been doing
linebacker drills in case teams want him to move off the line of scrimmage.
Anthony Weaver is strong, athletic and does not get beaten
by blocks but you just get the idea it takes a while for everything to sink in
with him as he shows no explosion or suddenness to his game.
looks a little rusty playing off the line of scrimmage after lining up in a
three-point stance all year while James
Allen did well reading and anticipating run plays also showing the
ability to play off blocks but just lacks and quickness or "zest" to his
Keyou Craver was one of the better defensive backs for the North and made several impressive picks in practice. Kevin Thomas of UNLV had a solid practice looking fluid and smooth while Lamont Thompson looked real good all practice.