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The Sam Mills Fan Training Camp Report


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#1 Sam Mills Fan

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:12 PM

I highly suggest everybody checks out the Twitter update threads on here to get a good sense of what went down at practice today. (Nice job with posting it on here everyone.) Stream of consciousness post incoming:

- I couldn't believe how many people were in that stadium. I've gone to Fan Fests in 2006, 2010, and 2011 and this year's dwarfed all the others including 2006 coming off an NFC CG appearance.

- We have some HARDCORE redneck fans. People with rat tail/mullets, a crazy lady with a Steve Smith tattoo on her shoulder with a weird Steve Smith worshipping sign, a guy with Cam's face woven into a Confederate flag that I really wish I had taken a picture of.

- There was an energy on the field and in the stands that I have never sensed in a practice environment. Everybody is anticipating September.

- Rookie standout surprises included Josh Norman and Joe Adams. Norman got beat by 89 at least once, but he blanketed some guys really well. It's easy to see why he was running with the 1s when Gamble took himself out. In fact, he might have been the best cover guy out there with Captain Munnerlyn being weirdly angry throughout the practice. Adams is super fast, turns on a dime, and looks like a seasoned pro when it comes to returning punts. I did notice some Mike Goodson in him though in that he dropped a punt and had a pretty bad dropped pass. Still...first practice for a rookie.

- Kuechly: Like Joe Adams, this guy looks like he already gets it. Had a laser focus on the ball carrier or whoever he was covering.

- Cam: Had the most picks today: Martin, Beason, Fua. The Beason one came off a bad deflection by Olsen however. There will probably be someone that makes a big deal out of that, but let me tell you: He was just fine. Throws such a beautiful deep ball and has uber chemistry with 89.

- TD: He looked just as good as the guys they had starting which was a welcome sight. I didn't notice a single ACL related thing going on with him except the presence of that bulky brace. It was a little painful watching him on special teams though, not because he wouldn't be a beast there, but because you know it had to be killing him to be with the 2s mainly and on special teams with all the action Kuechly was getting. By the way, Kuechly was at weakside linebacker whenever he was on the field with Beason and Beason was in the middle. Anderson strongside usually.

- Byron Bell looked really great, welcome surprise. Maybe another reason why they felt comfortable trading Otah.

- Depth receivers that looked strong included Darvin Adams and Seyi Ajirotutu. Both had great grabs, very consistent.

- Armanti Edwards: I don't know if he's mentally checked out now or what, but he had the worst drops of anybody today and more than one too. I'm really starting to feel bad for this guy, but I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't even make it past the first round of cuts.

I guess that's all for now. Oh, the cheerleaders are looking even hotter which is cool. Finally trying to respond to the LadyCats competition I guess.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:20 PM

Was waiting on a training camp write up! Thanks Sam Mills Fan, I enjoyed reading it. Anything on Silatolu and Frank Alexander? How did Hardy look?

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:22 PM

Thanks man.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:25 PM

Silatolu looked like a super huge dude. Defensive linemen were running drills as far from me as possible. As for the mini-scrimmages, I never noticed them do anything individually, but I do know the offensive line was routinely getting the better of the defensive no matter if it was the 1s, the 2s, or the 3s.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:26 PM

Big thanks to you for the update.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:28 PM

So the tweet about the starting LBs being Davis-Beason-Kuechly was wrong

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:28 PM

Goodshit.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:28 PM

I thought someone said Kuechley was playing Sam instead of Will, reporter maybe.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:31 PM

From my untrained eye and wondering eye, I mostly saw Beason/Kuechly/Anderson when I was checking out the 1s. It's entirely possible I was looking at the rare times that was happening, but TD was definitely doing special teams drills and definitely started out with the 2s at the start of practice.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:35 PM

Thanks SMF. This makes it official...football is back.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:38 PM

From my untrained eye and wondering eye,


Whoa... My eyes have been known to wander... But wonder...

You need to teach me how you made your eyes think!

Did appreciate the write up :-)

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:40 PM

It's late bro; it's late.