Decastro did very well and seemed to be very solid again this week. Kugler again had them running some 3 on 3, 4 on 4, 3 on 4 drills again. He also did some 1 on 1 drills and Decastro did very well with these. Very good at his read blocks and driving the opposition once that person is off balance or wants to go a certain direction. Decastro drives and drives at this point. He also did very well in his second level blocking in the linebacker area on live action and his pulling is very solid. Athletic, moves well, doesnt get caught up in traffic and knows his assignment. Again, like last week, he doesnt struggle with agility or off balance when running/pulling for open field blocking. Most of the other guys do. He is very good in pass and combo blocking and his head is on a swivel. He also is very good with angling his back in his second level blocking for the RB to read the block. They ran some run plays that the whole line seemed to look a little better on than the pass plays. Perhaps it was because we had alot of guards on the line at one time. One particular run play was a thing of beauty, and being on the field just sends chills down your spine. The hole was about 5 feet wide and Decastro had an excellent block that sealed the LB and Batch just shot through like a rocket.
Adams was bacically in just his helmet along with Starks and they seemed to be communicating with each other in alot of the drills. They both were very limited and really didnt even participate in the live action.
The live action passing plays were a little concerning. Our defense actually looked dominate at times especially getting to Ben. Carter was getting to Ben on a regular basis and McLendon is just a beast. Unmovable even on double teams, and very agile and athletic. The left tackle was mix and match primarily with Essex and Gilbert. Both struggled on pass plays, and Carter looked good against them. The QB's made some decent long passes, and at times, as usual, Ben was on the scramble. We know that when the rusher/ defensive player gets to Ben they have to pull up and not hit and that happened quite a bit on the longer pass plays. Ben looked real good on threading the needle on some short routes inside and outside. Foster was used at times at Right tackle and did better on the run plays than pass plays. They had a couple run plays that opened up some nice holes.
Other Notes; Batch looked extremely good and made some hard quick cuts. Dwyer also looked good. Spence went down with a ankle/leg injury and didnt see much action at all after that. Adrian Robinson stood out to me with the linebackers. He made some really nice pass break ups and did get pressure on the QB on a number of occasions. Looked good and held his own on the line of scrimmage. Sanders and Brown stood out on a couple pass plays and almost seem to be on another level at times.
We were also able to get photos and autographs with; B.B. Troy, Foote, Hampton, Taylor, D. Lebeau, Colon, Hood, Essex, Pouncey, K. Weston, Clark, Mclendon, Miller. These guys were great and very accomodating. A little boy walked up to Troy and said; Do you remember me from last year? Troy; Ah, no I dont, my memory isnt so good anymore. The crowd busted out laughing. He then asked the little boy; Do you remmber me from last year? The little boy said no......LOL. The little boy was asking every player this. McLendon is a massive physical specimen. The players acted like you were one of them and were very personable. Clark and Foote were both super nice and took their time with everyone. Its so true how soft spoken Polamalu is. Ben was really talkative and interacted with everyone there. Ben looked really good and in great shape, maybe around the 230-235 lb range