>>>While it’s probably killing Chris Conley to miss out on certain drills due to his recent surgery on his hand, Justin Scott-Wesley looks to be the one benefitting.
Scott-Wesley is seeing increased reps in relevant situations – mostly with the No. 2 offense. Receivers coach Tony Ball was coaching Scott-Wesley pretty hard on the ugly things about playing wide receiver – the things he must improve before he can be counted on to play significant snaps in a game.
“At no time do you expose your chest,” Ball told Scott-Wesley once. “Always lead with your hands.”
In fact, on a few occasions Ball held up the entire offensive unit to speak directly with Scott-Wesley about his technique coming off the line-of-scrimmage.
Scott-Wesley is still raw looking, but he’s starting to receive the attention he needs to get better.
>>> Ray Drew and Cornelius Washington were both with the defensive linemen hitting the sleds today (just like Tuesday). I expect this to continue throughout the spring, mixing in some time at both OLB and on the DL.
>>> One thing I noticed was the options the coaches have at CERTAIN positions. Isaiah Crowell and Ken Malcome split reps with the No. 1 offense for some time during the early portion of drills. It looks like Malcome is ahead of Richard Samuel at this point – just from the looks of the rotations.
Also, Christian Robinson and Amarlo Herrera were the first two ILBs used during the first defense versus offense drill. Those two are usually paired together while Mike Gilliard and Alec Ogletree run together.
>>> I watched the safeties catch passes off something similar to a “Jugs” machine. Outside of Bacarri Rambo I think Connor Norman has the best hands at the position. I’m not kidding. He and Quintavious Harrow never missed a ball, while Shawn Williams continued the notion that playing physical and tackling are his better qualities.
>>> Kolton Houston remained with the first team offensive line playing at left guard. The first unit remained the same: Gates, Houston, Andrews, Burnette and Dantzler. The second team consisted of: Beard, Lee, Hugh Williams, H. Long, A. Long.
>>> Herrera had either a cast on his right wrist or he was heavily taped up. It didn’t seem to be bothering him, but it is something to keep tabs on.
>>> In green: Zach DeBell (ankle), Xzavier Ward (knee), Conley (wrist). Sterling Bailey (shoulder) was still with Coach T working out on the side.
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