Shrine Game: West Practice: Day Three
The West practices continue to be very slow and often not beneficial until near the end of practice. They nearly put me to sleep during the first half, but I rallied and came away with these notes.
The quarterbacks on the West roster had a frustrating day, particularly in 1 on 1′s. The wind wasn’t strong, but it gusted at times and I think it messed with all three guys at some point. Keith Wenning continues to be the only draftable quarterback on this roster, and Keith Price continues to inexplicably scramble during 7 on 7 drills.
John Brown is an impressive athlete who runs very good routes, but like all of the receivers on this roster he had a bit of a rough session during 1 on 1′s. He dropped a couple of passes that he should have caught, but he looked better during the team drills. Bernard Reedy struggled in 1 on 1′s as well, but he turned it on during team as well.
Some guys just play better when the bright lights are on, and Reedy might be one of those. He ran poor routes in 1 on 1′s and struggled to create separation as a route runner, plus he had a drop.
Chandler Jones looked good during team, but struggled to pull in multiple deep balls that he had a shot at. Not all of them were very well thrown, but they weren’t dissimilar to throws I’ve seen him come down with at San Jose State so I was surprised he didn’t make the plays.
I am still a big fan of Jordan Najvar, but I need to see him more as a blocker. The practice format made it hard to evaluate that today, so I will need to look for that when possible tomorrow but particularly in the game on Saturday. Ted Bolser is another solid tight end on this roster who definitely warrants Day Three consideration.
Tyler Starr had a big day today making a great interception near the sideline and then laying a big hit versus the run on the very next rep. He’s got impressive size for a linebacker at 6’4″, 250 pounds and he played well today. I hadn’t seen him play prior to this week, but I’m going to have to go back and look at him more closely.
Devon Kennard and Prince Shembo both look the part, but they have surprised me with how well they move this week. Kennard is more versatile than I expected, and Shembo has been solid in coverage. Kennard also provided my favorite moment of the day in 7 on 7 when Reedy was running a crossing route.
Kennard was dropping into the flat and briefly lowered his shoulder as Reedy ran by and completely flattened him. Kennard barely broke stride though, and continued to drop into coverage. I felt bad for Reedy, but it was hilarious.