Training Camp Practice Report – 8/9

From St. joseph, Missouri

The mind of Todd Haley is constantly churning. Even in these days of juggling many factors because of the lost off-season, Haley likes to keep people guessing. That wasn’t why Haley flipped his practice schedule on Tuesday, moving the padded practice to the morning and then a walkthrough in the afternoon.

But if making changes on the fly helps his team learn to handle the always changing world of the NFL, then it’s a good by-product.

“Normally we work out early in the morning, so we thought we’d give them a chance to go out refreshed in the morning for practice,” Haley said. “We practiced at a different tempo and different length (2 hour, 40 minutes). As you get closer to the games, we’ve got to lengthen things out and get guys handling many more reps.”

The morning practice featured pads, although Haley pulled the shoulder pads off in the second half of his schedule.

Here are observations from a sunny, hot and humid day at Missouri Western State University: 

– FB Tervaris Johnson (right knee) started practice in the rehab area all by himself. Eventually, he was joined by DE Glenn Dorsey (left knee) who tried to work in the practice but couldn’t finish. WR Jonathan Baldwin (right hamstring) was with the offense, but his snaps were limited. The same was true with DE Tyson Jackson, although he has no injury according to Haley. Jackson was just getting some time off.

– When the QBs break off into position drills they are joined by the centers, who hunker over the ball and provide snaps. For the first time, Bobby Greenwood was working with the centers and QBs. In the last year Greenwood has gone from defensive end, offensive tackle, guard and now some snaps at center.

– From one-on-one pass protection/pass rush – OLB Tamba Hali and LT Branden Albert had a nice two-snap tussle, as neither one walked away with an edge. Hali also went against RT Barry Richardson and spanked him twice … Richardson rebounded by shutting down OLB Justin Houston on back-to-back rushes … Rookie C Rodney Hudson got the better of fellow rookie NT Jerrell Powe. Hudson also did a nice job on NT Anthony Toribio … rookie OT Butch Lewis held his own against the rush from ILB Demorrio Williams … NT Kelly Gregg and C Casey Wiegmann battled to aaa tie on their two snaps.

– Haley put the team through a lot of mental reps during the practice, as they worked on specific situations and how he wanted the players to react when facing similar circumstances.

– Here’s the No. 1 kickoff return unit – Donald Washington, Cameron Sheffield, Cory Greenwood, Gabe Miller and Ricky Price were across the front. Lined up in the wedge were Shane Bannon, Pierre Walters, Darryl Harris and Jake O’Connell. Back receiving kicks were seven different players.

– QB Tyler Palko and TE Leonard Pope connected on a nice TD pass.

– The two-sided life of a wide receiver trying to make the team – Jeremy Horne made a very nice catch down the right sideline with CB Demon Washington in good coverage position. A few plays later, Horne had a chance for another nice catch in the end zone, but he badly mistimed his jump and could not pull the ball down.

2 Responses to “Training Camp Practice Report – 8/9”

  • August 10, 2011  - Anonymous says:

    Why do I get the feeling that we’re going to see B Greenwood as a second fullback in a Jumbo package before the end of the year (or at least the end of the pre season)? Maybe taking Vrabel’s place as the extra tight end in the goal line package.

  • August 10, 2011  - Newmanisms says:

    Hey Bob, was Jeremy Horne’s badly timed jump a lack of talent thing, or did he seem too excited and just nerd-spasm himself out of a catch? I’m curious about your opinion if you were close enough to make a determination like that. Thanks for your report.

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