RICHMOND—An hour before this morning’s practice was supposed to get underway it was raining hard and there was visible lightning off to the west. Officials were not letting fans enter the training facility as they were in wait and see mode.
But the rain wound down, the rumbles of thunder went away and the practice started as scheduled at 8:35. Overcast skies kept the temperatures quite comfortable. Here are my observations from that session:
—In a simple hands drill, Brandon Jenkins went high and stabbed a pass with one hand. Not a big play or anything but impressive.
—One of Jay Gruden’s favorite catch phrases is “low man wins”. The tight ends did a drill where they were forced to stay low.
—Mo Hurt is still a spectator at practice. He hasn’t taken part in a practice since the end of the 2012 season. Not sure how he makes it when he does manage to get off of the non-football injury list.
—Even the pros need reminders about safety (or at least the lawyers say that they do.
—At Redskins Park, Brian Baker had some lines drawn on the grass in one of the end zones to give his outside linebackers a visualization of the best path to the quarterback. He imported that to Richmond. Here’s Ryan Kerrigan stripping the ball away from the tackling dummy, you can see the lines drawn.
— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) July 27, 2014
—Colt McCoy’s first pass during 11 on 11 drills was picked off. That’s becoming something of a tradition. He did follow up with a deep completion on his second throw.
—Cody Hoffman, the undrafted rookie out of BYU, pulled in a couple of long passes during 11 on 11 drills. I’m not sure if there’s room for him on this team but he has some ability.
—Morgan Moses had a tough go of during one-on-one pass blocking drills. He whiffed while trying to Trent Murphy and he got turned around at other times. Moses has some work to do but everyone should known that when he lasted until the third round. That draft position does not suggest a first-year starter.
—It look like the main pass rush maneuver for the nose tackles will be to try to collapse the pocket by pushing the center straight back. At least that’s what Chris Neild and Barry Cofield did during the drill.
—Members of the defensive back seven usually stop on their way in after practice and catch some balls from the JUGS machine. Here’s Keenan Robinson hauling one in.