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Sunday afternoon Practice observations

Went up to Latrobe for practice this afternoon, here are a few things I saw.

Recievers: I think this is going to be less of a competition than we thought before camp started. Sweed looked fine, Wallace was getting open alot but also seemed to run the wrong route on at least one play causing Ben to throw to an empty spot. Ben wasn't too happy about that one. McDonald made a fantastic TD grab when Dennis Dixon was running the two minute drill but he had another couple passes that he seemed to bobble before he gained control. One guy to watch out for is Martin Nance who is finally healthy and practicing. All three QBs seemed to find him frequently on Sunday. He runs solid routes and has the height to go up and make plays that no other recievers except Sweed can make. He seemed to be getting open alot today although he did have some issues catching balls in traffic. The other nice thing about Nance is he can play any of the WR spots.

 

Issac Redman : They ran I believe 7 snaps in the goal line drill, all with Redman at tailback. He looked really good at picking the right hole and getting through it. He also bounced a couple outside and went in untouched. I'm not really sure what the significance of him getting all the carries is but I was suprised no one else even got a touch. Maybe we aren't going to see Frank the Tank on the goal line after all. Although he was lead blocking on some of those TD runs by Redman.

 

Dennis Dixon : The guy just throws darts. Sure he needs some work and polish to become an NFL pocket passer, but he's going to be a solid player in a year or two.  I really like what he brings to the table, maybe in a few years we can trade him for some picks a la Matt Schaub.  He has too much talent to be a career backup.

 

A few other things I noticed were  Jason Cappizi destroyed Kirschke (i think) in one on one drills. Just flat out knocked him down with one shot.  Also as far as punt returners go, Mike Wallace took a few and looked pretty good doing it. Stefan Logan muffed one, I don't think that experiment is going to pan out.

 

St. Vincent is a great place to go watch a practice, I'd highly recommend going down there if you get the chance.

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