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#1 Jeremy Igo

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:14 PM

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I attended Panthers practice today to get a look at the new practice squad member, WR Stephen Hill. Practice viewing today was limited, so I focused on the wide receivers for most of the time available.

 

My initial first impression was that he was taller than I expected. He comes across as much taller than Brenton Bersin, even though the difference on paper is only an inch.

 

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Hill chose 87 as his number, previously work by Dominick Hixon and of course Muhsin Muhammad.

 

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Overall, he looked much like the other practice squad receivers King and Lucas. He had some drops, but caught most of the balls in drills.

 

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One thing I did notice that set him apart was the amount of time Ricky Proehl spent with him. Ricky was sure to correct and adjust Hill's routes and techniques every chance he could, even after the drills were finished. It is clear that Ricky intends to get Hill up to speed quickly, and maybe erase some of the bad habits he has developed. From the amount of time spent, there were plenty of those.

 

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Ricky went over with him not only his footwork and body positioning off the line, but also bursting past defensive backs before they can press.

 

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So, overall, to me Hill looked like the other receivers that have potential. Mostly positive, some drops, and plenty of room for improvement.

 

The big question is this: Will he pick up what he has been taught from Ricky quickly, or will he need constant correction. His "coachability" will be the main factor if he sticks on the practice squad long term or elevates to the regular roster.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:18 PM

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He should be living with Ricky for the first few weeks. 



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:18 PM

Proehl has got to be one of the best WR coaches in the game.  Can't wait to see what he does with all the young receivers Carolina has this year.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:19 PM

"Some drops"...

How many would be 'some' exactly? You either got good hands or you don't.

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:19 PM

I think Ricky will be a HUGE help in his development!!  I really hope he "catches" on.  (Pun intended).



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:20 PM

It looks like he's hand catching in those photos, at least. Even in his highlights he rarely did that.


Edited by rodeo, 03 September 2014 - 01:20 PM.


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:20 PM

Thanks! Great work as usual.

Was today a one time only thing or will you continue to see his/the teams progression?

#8 Jeremy Igo

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:21 PM

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This was a drop....

 

 

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Notice where his eyes aren't.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:22 PM

thanks for the info............DG must have liked something in this kid.

 

I'd be curious to know where he was on our draft board when he was taken.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:23 PM

Interesting...

Could be hand-eye coordination or focus issues?

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:23 PM

Sticky this bad boy it deserves it very interesting


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:23 PM



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is it me or does it look like he isn't even following the ball with his eyes?   EDIT:  Igo beat me to it.   I noticed quite a few pics from the Jets just like this one.   Where he is just mindlessly staring into the distance and not even paying attention to where the ball is.


Edited by Pox 08, 03 September 2014 - 01:25 PM.


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:24 PM

This was a drop....

 

 

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Notice where his eyes aren't.

I've seen this before somewhere....

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Yep.  Hey, if that's the problem... he can definitely be coached up, if he's coachable at all.  



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:25 PM

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is it me or does it look like he isn't even following the ball with his eyes?


Reaction speed could be potentially be another issue.

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:25 PM

Good luck to him, everything so far shows he's comfortable in his surroundings. Makes it much easier to learn when you're surrounded by friends.


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