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Catman's 7/30 training camp practice observations


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#1 CatMan72

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:55 PM

Just got home from the practice, here are my impressions:

- Pretty good turnout, practice was held in Wofford's stadium instead of the normal practice fields.

- Cam made a few nice throws and a few bad throws. His throws clearly have another level of velocity compared to Clausen and Pike. He look very comfortable and smooth in his drops, no noticeable hitch in his motion. In particular, he made a really nice throw on an out route to Smitty... same throw he was sailing over receivers @ the combine, he also made several nice throws over the middle. I will say that his deep ball looked a little off, he under-threw it a few times and on one occasion overthrew it a bit, but the receiver made a nice catch on it (will get to that in a moment). In the 11 on 11 drills, he made a bad throw on a roll out (to escape pressure - not designed) that hit the ground about 10 ft in front of the receiver. Overall, I think he looked pretty darn good for a rookie QB in his first NFL practice. I think you could chalk his issues with deep throws up to timing and the pass the receiver made a nice catch on was thrown right to the pylon in a place where only the receiver could have made a play on it.

- Getting back to the nice catch on a deep route that I mentioned, the guy that made that catch was Armanti... it was a twisting and diving over the shoulder catch that he managed to make while dragging his toes in bounds. He made a few more nice catches, didn't see him drop the ball once. He also seemed to field punts very smoothly... if I had to name an "MVP" in this practice it would be Armanti, he seems to have come a LONG way.

- Right away you can tell we're going to run a different defense. Quite a bit of time was spent with the defensive line, linebackers and safeties working on a drill that was all about defensive line adjustments and blitzes with Godfrey dropping down in the box. McDermott stood at center and coached the defensive line on how to shift gaps so the linebackers could follow them into the hole. During the 11 on 11 drills, there was a LB blitz on almost every down.

- Willaims, Beason, TD and Gregg Olsen did not participate. They were dressed to practice and seemed to be fine - just didn't participate in any of the actual drills. Was impressive watching Olsen catch balls one-handed from the jugs machine standing only about 10 yards away.

- Noticed Shockey giving a lot of coaching to both QB's on where balls should be thrown to him.

- At one point they had the QB's do a drill where they had to throw the ball over a obstacle that was about 15 ft tall (it was the net thing they use with the pockets for QB accuracy drills). The only QB to clang one off the obstacle was Clausen.

- The is probably going to come out sounding like Clausen bashing but it really isn't intended that way... I was not impressed. He seemed to struggle with accuracy and in general looked very tight to me. Pike didn't look very good either, had a ball picked on an out route because he didn't put enough mustard on it, noticed Pike getting a lot of coaching from Shula... Shula had a comment for him on just about every play he made.

- Ended the day with a Cowboys fan in all his gear coming up to me and asking what # Cam was wearing (like it wasn't obvious which guy in the red shirt was Cam). Then he said "I would be watching my team but it's too far to travel so I'm stuck watching this" so I told him he wasn't stuck watching anything and he could go home... (I know, cool story bro). Just wanted to share this because it was such a stereotypical Cowboys fan story.

That's about all I can think of for now.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:57 PM

...oh, one other observation of note: they had LaFell working with the group that was returning punts.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:58 PM

Thanks a million Catman.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:59 PM

Thanks Catman!!!

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:00 PM

- Kalil was out of practice with ice on his calf
- Ziemba is every bit as big as Otah
- Fua is a big dude

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:00 PM

Thanks Cat , good in depth report. It seems there is always one dumbass cowboy fan in every crowd.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:04 PM

Thanks!! I live through all you guy's reports and photos as I'm stuck out in Hell Paso, TX right now......Thanks Again!!

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:06 PM

...didn't want to spend much time discussing my time with the obnoxious cowboys fan (who seem to be there mostly to try and piss people off) but a guy behind us yelled down at him to take his jersey off and he got into some banter with the guy. At one point, the idiot cowboys fan said he was also a Michigan fan - so I interrupted and told him he should get Armanti's autograph while he was there - LOL

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:08 PM

were you in a Beason jersey?

Edited by SouthCakPanther, 30 July 2011 - 10:11 PM.


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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:08 PM

Appreciate the info man.