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Notes From First Mini-Camp Practice

Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger has great notes from the first mini-camp practice:

In case you haven’t already seen the jersey numbers: WR Hakeem Nicks(#18), LB Clint Sintim (#97; remember Mathias Kiwanuka switched to #94), OT William Beatty (#65), WR Ramses Barden (#13), TE Travis Beckum (#47), RB Andre Brown (#22), QB Rhett Bomar (#5), CB DeAndre Wright (#26) and CB Stoney Woodson (#29). Of course, these are all subject to change before opening day as players are peeled from the roster.

Barden was a bit slow out of his breaks during individuals. Nicks, on the other hand, was extremely smooth. Dare I say … “polished.” And no sooner did I write that sentence than he made a real, real nice catch on an out to the right side. He reached high and wide to bring it in while tapping his feet near the sideline.

Nicks also did a great job of creating separation on CB Vince Anderson on a pair of hooks. Again, the stuff you expect from a “polished” veteran. Nice ball from Bomar on the second one.

Barden later ran a route down the field and, as expected, got that long stride of his going. And in 7-on-7s, once he got deep on a go from Bomar, he easily outstrided Anderson for the longest completion of the day. Again, the biggest thing with him will be getting off the ball and in and out of his breaks quickly.

Beatty got an earful from OL coach Pat Flaherty after moving early on one play.

Wright and Woodson were often on the field together and were very good in coverage. There were lots of QBs tucking and running Friday and it often happened when Wright and Woodson were on the field.

It seemed like at one point Bomar got tired of tucking it and started firing some balls. He’s got enough zip on his passes to show he belongs. Good showing from him this morning, especially on balls up the middle of the field.

THE UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS DE Alex Field, who’s absolutely gigantic at 6-7, 270, chased down QB Andre’ Woodson on a bootleg and appeared to trip him up. Later, Field held his ground on a run his way to make a stop. Not surprisingly, he was lined up at left end, where the bigger ends usually play.

Kind of an up-and-down day for Anderson. More downs than ups, though he did have a nice pass breakup over the back of the receiver. No contact according to the line judge. (That’s me.)

In 7-on-7s, Woodson (Andre’) had Nicks open down the left sideline on a go past Woodson (Stoney). But Woodson (Andre’) underthrew the ball and Woodson (Stoney) got a hand on it. Woodson (Stoney) then celebrated with his teammates as if he had just broke up Tom Brady’s Hail Mary for Randy Moss. Gotta love the rookies’ exuberance.

But later, Woodson (Andre’) laid one out there far enough for Nicks to make the catch past Woodson (Stoney). Nice ball by the original Woodson, who hitWR Micah Rucker on a rollout/comeback. Woodson got better as practice went on.

Woodson (Andre’) threw a bad ball at Rucker on a quick stop. Rucker is 6-5, so there was plenty of target there and Woodson still threw at his ankles. Give Rucker credit for making the catch while hitting the deck. And also give Rucker credit for a nice job of blocking this morning.

WR Shaun Bodiford did a nice job of handling a couple of shanked punts in a surprisingly swirling wind. He got in good position, fielded the ball cleanly and got right upfield. Bodiford later made a nice leaning catch near the sideline. Interesting guy to keep an eye on the rest of the way.

You can’t afford to make mistakes as a tryout and S Trimane Goddard had back-to-back drops in individual INT drills. He then battled the next ball but was able to hang on.

On the first play of team drills, S Josh Gattis closed the gap on a rollout pass from Woodson to TE Cody Boyd and knocked the ball away. Gattis got congratulations from the entire defense and Bill Sheridan, who was off to a great start as defensive coordinator.

On the next play, DT Jaliem Cuttino jumped offside. That won’t make the coaches happy. DT Cliff Ramsey later jumped, but he might have been drawn offside.

Lots and lots of other linemen on both sides of the ball moving in groups Friday, so it was tough to figure out who moved first. But overall, not very disciplined on either side of the ball.

Speaking of sloppy, RB Allen Patrick juggled an exchange from Bomar, seemed to get it under control and they fumbled it away as he approached the line.

WR Daniel Polk botched a punt and also had trouble coming down with a few other balls in traffic.

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