Re: Best news of Camp so far...
posted at 7/31/2012 8:00 PM EDT
D Backs had a good showing today.
Best news ever!!!!
On the defensive end, the Patriots projected starting cornerback trio (based off of last year, the team looks to play enough sub package defense that we ought to designate three cornerbacks as starters) all stood out, for different reasons. Kyle Arrington worked exclusively from the slot, including a number of reps versus Wes Welker. He was physical on one rep, perhaps too much so, but showed good strength through his core to generate his initial punch. Devin McCourty made a nifty pass breakup on a ball thrown to the corner of the end zone, dislodging the football on an upward swat through the receiver’s arms. Textbook technique. And Ras-I Dowling, who worked on the right side of the field, held his own versus Brandon Lloyd. His ability to keep his receiver within reach, a testament to his big frame, stood out.
Also Wilson breaking up passes......Bequette moves around.
Defensive linemen Jake Bequette, a third-round pick in 2012, has been spotted as a defensive end, defensive tackle, and even as a tight end. No word on whether this is an experiment, something that might persist, or just a result of the Patriots being down a number of tight ends due to injury. Bequette showed up with a strong rush in 1-on-1 drills as wellSolder and Jones face off.
The Patriots top picks from the past two drafts met on two reps of one-one-one action, with Chandler Jones besting Nate Solder on an impressive push/pull maneuver in the opening act. Jones started his move by power rushing into Solder, before aggressively yanking the left tackle towards him, throwing the towering Solder off balance and freeing a lane for Jones to close on the area where the quarterback would be. The second go-around was closer to a stalemate, with Jones attempting a side scissors move, which involves him taking two arms to the side of Solder and attempting to knock him off his spot. Though Jones wasn’t able to fully execute (Solder rode him out of the pocket area), it’s an impressive move from a rookie. Strong work from both