Morning Practice Report

Mike Garafolo has his morning practice report up:

THE DRAFT PICKS
I didn’t see that ball go through your hands, WR Ramses Barden. The morning fog obstructed my view. Hey, you’re allowed one per camp. Later, nice kick-out block by Barden on CB Vince Anderson.

I said one: Barden later fumbled when he was stripped by CB Stoney Woodson. This came after he failed to go in motion on one play, drawing the ire of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

WR Hakeem Nicks has big, sure hands. Unfortunately, he didn’t use them on one play and tried to body catch. The ball bounced off his chest for a rare drop.

QB Rhett Bomar had WR Bruce Frances open on a 15-yard in cut, but Bomar didn’t really step into the throw and it skidded low for an incompletion. I’m actually surprised he was able to get so much on the throw. Still, he needed more. Bomar then fired high on a rollout a few moments later. Bomar then threw behind TE Travis Beckum, who had a shot at a tough catch but couldn’t make it.

Coughlin must have seen the same thing on the pass to Frances because he said this of Bomar’s motion: “I can see we’re going to have to work hard on his momentum going into his throws, especially off to the left. He seems to be really good at being fast and quick on getting the ball out on the underneath and the inside stuff, but the deeper balls to his left side, he’s going to have to work on.”

Woodson thought he was playing Cover 2 on one play, which would have meant he had the short flat. But right before the snap, secondary coach Peter Giunta told him he had deep quarter on that side (Cover 4). Woodson quickly adjusted, got downfield and knocked the ball out of Frances’ hands as he tried to make the catch.

Beckum, who left practice yesterday with cramps, was strong all the way through this morning’s practice and caught a few balls on crosses and slants over the middle late in the session.
THE UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS
Here’s the breakdown for Evans: He fought through a hold for a sack and later came through clean for another one. And then, another one. Big morning for Mo.

Rashad, who had an INT yesterday, came flying up to make a stop on an end around to WR Shaun Bodiford. He later came downhill to fill a hole on a stretch play. We’ll see if he can finish the plays with tackles when the hitting is live, but for now, his run support looks solid.

Nice read to make a stop on a screen play by LB Kenny Ingram.
THE VETERANS
Woodson had Bodiford open deep but overshot him. On the next play, he had Nicks and didn’t see him until late. Still, Nicks had such a cushion between him and Stoney Woodson that the other Woodson was still able to sneak the ball in for a long completion. But then Woodson underthrew TE George Wrighster, allowing LB Andy Romans to recover and knock the ball away. But Wrighster got WIDE open later behind the defense and Woodson didn’t miss him on that one. Again, an up-and-down practice for Woodson.
THE TRYOUTS
TE/FB E.J. Barthel, a Becton native who attended UMass, nearly took out RBs coach Jerald Ingram on one play and later dropped a duck of a pass from QBs coach Chris Palmer.

S Derek Pegues recorded the second INT of camp when he stepped in front of Beckum to pick off a pass from Woodson. Bit toward the end of practice,WR Daniel Polk got behind Pegues for a deep ball from Bomar.

Fumbled exchange on a handoff between Woodson and RB Andre Hall. Tough to see who was at fault there.

Give DT Jaliem Cuttino credit for a sack on a breakdown in the middle of the offensive line.

LB Kevin Akins sniffed out a screen for Hall and made the stop at the line.
COVER DRILL
This is one where they give a returner the ball and have him try to juke his way past two guys in the open field. It’s an entertaining little drill. Here’s what went down:

Ingram stopped Hall on the outside.

Polk slipped his way inside CB DeAndre Wright.

Boyd and Wrighster combined to make a stop.

RB Patrick Allen juked his way inside DE Alex Field and Evans. (Come on, that’s not a fair matchup.)

Nice job by Anderson to chase down Frances on the edge.


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