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Afternoon Practice Report

Mike Garafolo has the afternoon practice report, including news on Travis Beckum’s injury:

I promised I’d keep an eye on LB Clint Sintim this afternoon and I did. He looked pretty good on his drops, which was interesting because all the scouting reports have suggested he struggles in space and that he’s best at playing downhill and over the tight end. From what I saw, he had what scouts would call a “smooth pedal.”

Ruh-roh. Dropped ball by TE Travis Beckum “on air,” meaning no defense. Double ruh-roh: Beckum left the field early in practice and went to the locker room. Relax – just cramps. Still, he didn’t return.

In a matchup of UConn alums, LT William Beatty got beat off the ball byDT Dan Davis, who made a stop in the backfield.

We’ve been talking about the quickness off the line being a big thing for WR Ramses Barden and he showed it on one play during 1-on-1s. He beat a jam attempt by CB DeAndre Wright and then got the legs pumping to get a step. As I mentioned earlier, once he gets 10 to 15 yards into a go route, he really starts moving. So when he had a step on Wright, you knew he was going to be open and he was for another deep completion. And in 7-on-7s, he did it again past Wright, who struggled this afternoon.

Great play by CB Stoney Woodson during 1-on-1s when WR Hakeem Nicks ran a comeback. Woodson didn’t bite when Nicks tried to sell the go route and broke back with him to knock the ball away. With Nicks’ ability to create space today, that’s a good job by Woodson of staying with him.

Nicks made a diving catch near the sideline on a rollout by QB Andre’ Woodson. It was the far sideline, so none of us in the media were positive he made the catch, but I’m pretty sure he did.

QB Rhett Bomar had one ball slip out of his hands and later overshot WR Shaun Bodiford on a deep ball. Pretty uneventful afternoon for Bomar.

S Sha’reff Rashad had the first INT of camp. (Nice play. See below for the description.)

Much better coverage by CB Vince Anderson this afternoon.

Another up-and-down session for Andre’ Woodson. I mean, he badly – and I mean BADLY – threw behind Beckum on a crossing pattern in 1-on-1s. But just a few plays earlier, he had thrown a great ball to WR Daniel Polk on a slant and hit Barden on the go past Wright. Later, he showed nice touch on a ball over Sintim and under Wright.

And then, Woodson threw the first INT of camp on a deep ball to WR Otis Lewis. Rashad tracked the ball nicely from centerfield, got in position and leaped in front of Lewis to make the play. (If you’re wondering who Lewis is, he’s from Hofstra and he was here this afternoon in place of WR Maurice Covington, who was apparently sent home after one practice.)

You can always tell which guys are the veterans because they always look so much smoother. That was WR Micah Rucker on a leaping catch on a crossing patter.

S Trimane Goddard, who dropped 2 balls in individual INT drills, dropped another one this afternoon. Okay, so catching isn’t his thing.

During individuals, Lewis was running a nice crossing route over the middle … and then the pass clanked off his face mask.

TE Jeff Postell beat LB Kevin Akins on a crossing route. Akins yelled at himself before the ball even arrived. Postell later limped off the field with an undisclosed injury.

TE Cody Boyd made a nice grab with Akins hanging on his shoulder. Boyd, who’s got tremendous size at 6-8, 264, caught a ball over the middle on the next play and then added a few more within the next couple of minutes. Impressive afternoon for Boyd.

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