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Training Camp Report (July 29, 2007 – Afternoon Practice)
Posted By Eric From BBI On September 18, 2007 @ 2:00 pm In | Comments Disabled
by BigBlueInteractive.com Contributor iMatt
The linebackers started with a strip and recover drill. This was when I first noticed that everything that Antonio Pierce does, he does at game-speed. They also did some drills to work on coverage dexterity and a drill to contain a cutback runner. Kawika Mitchell has pretty good closing speed and was quick to wrap up.
The cornerbacks worked with the wide receivers a bit on a drill where the cornerbacks engage and jam the wide receivers at the line. Defensive Backs Peter Giunta (I presume) pulled Corey Webster aside and told him to be more physical with his man (Plaxico Burress) and not afraid to give him a good shove toward the sidelines if he breaks outside. It was nice to hear those words said out loud.
The running backs and second- and third-team linebackers worked on a drill with the running backs catching a pass in the flat or short 5-yard pattern while the linebackers covered. I thought Zak DeOssie moved fairly well in coverage on the drill, but Brandon Jacobs made him look like a traffic cone.
The kickers worked on field goals in the middle of the field moving five yards back per try. Lawrence Tynes’ were prettier, but he was also first to miss.
They finished the day with a punt return drill in which two gunners were sent after a lone returner. WR Kevin McMahan and HB Ahmad Bradshaw looked pretty shifty. Underwood was given a shot, but I’d be surprised if that experiment is attempted too many times. His turn ended pretty quickly.
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