Re: Official Training Camp Thread
posted at 7/30/2013 11:29 AM EDT
In response to PatsEng's comment:
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Figured we could use an official training camp thread to discuss the daily ongoings and insights of training camp. It beats having multiple threads for each day. So far it is day two and things are looking pretty good.
Heard Dobson looked good. Did anyone make it today?
Lots of Hoopla Yesterday. The Circus was in town as BB likes to say. Watched the cerimony and got to see most of practice before I left to beat traffic. I was surprised to see them in pads again after being in pads sunday, but it was good to see. Not any major hitting, but they were bucking up. Talib looked solid throughout. Tracking down balls over his head. Had 2 nice INTS. Boyce looks like a #81 replacement candidate. Looks to be able to play in the slot. Dobson is smooth but not as big as I thought. Reminds me of Reche Caldwell, but I think he has a higher ceiling obviously. I was impressed with K.Thompkins. He looks the part. Quicks and route running but had a drop from Brady(high heat from 5 yards away tho') Amendola looks FAST! Thats the main difference between he and wes that I see. He wont be getting caught from behind like Wes always was and can play outside like I thought.
Zudfeld looks big but didnt do much. Lined out in the slot a few times. Leon Washington still has the speed! He is gonna break MANY this year if healthy. Should also contribute in the offense. Wearing # 33, he looks like a younger Faulk. Vareen is gonna play some WR this year. Nothing stood out from Ridley, Blount. Just did their jobs. Tebow was getting some interesting looks from the D. BB holding back no punches,. called a double LB blitz from both sides, causing Tebow to leave the pocket. He had some good throws. Mallets Arm looks to be strongest in camp and accuracy is a little better than last year.
A.Wilson looks BIG! Loving his Presence. He was up at the line all Practice. The REACH brothers Tavon and Duron were basically non factors, spectators that got in late but as of now they look out the loop. The rotation was A.Wilson, McCourty and Gregory, but Gregory may be getting his last looks before they decide to move forward with Tavon. I'll wait and see on that one. Jamie Collins look like he could be a Safety. He is def. gonna be able to cover guys. He is a lean, compact guy that should help right away. Dobson runs some nice routes and displayed some hands. The Starters were him and K.Tompkins. Fells had a nice TD catch down the seams , middle of field. Arrington was in the slot, mostly, wearing # 25. Logan was out the loop. Didnt play much with starters. Couldnt gauge him really. T.Kelly didnt stand out much. Brady still had his midseason ZIP on the ball and was accurate as ever. Didnt look impatient with his guys like some have suggested. Bruschi fired up the guys with a pre practice speach. BB was keeping it light. Big Turn out! Im Encouraged by what I saw. More getting upfield from Lineman and less 2 gapping. Good things to come I believe. Defense SHOULD be much improved. Spikes is losing reps to Collins this year. Lots of Dime packages with 3 safety look. Thats all I got for now.
Good stuff, ty
No Prob, Eng
Im gonna add some more things I just remembered and just general thoughts. I believe J.Cunninghams time is up. HE will be given a last chance, but I see BB cutting him in week 2-3 of camp to let him catch on elsewhere. I believe between Vega, Collins, Buheanis(sp) that J.C's limited production can be met and surpassed by a new group. Basically BB knows what JC can do, He has hit the ceiling and its low. Hate to bring it up, but I didnt like the pic. Too many florida kids, but whatever. He is gone. Gregory is being given a chance to show his stuff as Tavon and Duron were spectators. In a couple weeks, they will either cut gregory and move on with Tavon, or keep him another year and regulate Tavon special teams. Its interesting and maybe troubling that Nate Ebner was out there more than Tavon, IMO. Harmon looks 2 years away and I dont think BB has any immediate plans for him. Thank god for A.Wilson. He will put those project/developmental guys on hold for a year atleast. Buchanan looks intriging, good size. D.Fletcher was in the mix, but needs to do more to stand out or lose his spot. Wynn looks slow. NO bolden out there. Punt return teams looked electric with Danny and Leon taking a couple back. Didnt see much of any K.O. returns tho. Lots of punt work though. Timing of passing offense wasnt as bad I had expected. Got some young guys w/talent. Gronk being out early could be a blessing as Brady is looking for K. Thompkins a lot. Maybe be a sleeper Brady likes. L.Hawkins also looks quick(Branch when young) and should contribute on offense. Matty P ran the practice until BB got there. He had to speak after Tedy and then quickly changed to his shorts and hoody and was out there in chill mode(not much yelling)