Training camp has featured mostly good weather so far at Dove Valley, and Tuesday’s morning session was no different. It was a hot one, with barely a cloud in the sky.
Without further adieu, let’s get to the recap.
Louis Leonard (knee), Mitch Unrein (knee), Brandon Minor (knee) and Eddie Royal sat out practice. Brandon Lloyd (knee swelling) sat out the second half of pracitce, Nate Irving left with an ankle sprain, Richard Quinn left with a knee sprain and Derek Domino left with a finger sprain.
There were some interesting drills to start practice this morning, including a period focused on low blocks.
While the offensive linemen and wide receivers worked separately on diving low at blocking dummies, the defensive line, linebackers and secondary all worked individually as well on avoiding cut blocks.
Another new defensive drill had all 11 players sprint to a coach, who had the ball in his hands. The players huddled around the coach and kept their feet moving — simulating swarming to the ball as a unit.
DEFENSE SHOWS ITS STRENGTH
The defense dominated, for lack of a better word, the early team sessions in practice.
During the first team drill, the offense was backed up near its own goal line and working on getting into safer territory. The defense was having none of that. First, Kyle Orton led the offense, but his session was cut short when he fired a pass for Eric Decker that Champ Bailey cut right in front of for an interception.
Next, Tim Tebow stepped in, but he bobbled a snap and was wrapped up for a safety by Ty Warren.
Then it was Brady Quinn’s turn, and the defense snagged its second interception of the drill — this one by Syd’Quan Thompson, who has made plays on a regular basis throughout camp.
In the same drill, Knowshon Moreno found a hole to get the offense some space. Afterward, Defensive Line Coach Wayne Nunnely shouted to his linemen, “Be physical! Get off the blocks!”
After taking the defense’s punishment for much of practice, the offense got some revenge during red zone drills. In one of the first passes of the drill, Orton faked to his right then threw back left to Daniel Fells, who was wide open for a touchdown.
Later in the drill, essentially the same play was run for Virgil Green, and the defense was ready all the way — but a big block by Stanley Daniels freed up the rookie tight end to get near the goal line.
The other quarterbacks saw success as well. Quinn found Dan Gronkowski for a touchdown in the heart of the defense in the middle of the end zone. Later, Tebow executed a shovel pass to Brandon Minor for another score.
Those drills weren’t the only time players shined on the field Friday.
There was a distinct summer theme during the stretch portion of practice, when music was blaring from the speakers.
First up, “Summertime,” by Kenny Chesney. That was followed immediately by another “Summertime,” this one by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince — aka Will Smith. Kanye West broke up the theme with “Power” before the music cut off and the players got to work.
The team is back on the field for a walkthrough closed to the public this evening at 6 p.m. The next public practice is tomorrow morning at 8:50 a.m. — the last one before Thursday’s exhibition game against the Cowboys.
Below are a few more photos from the session.
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