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Young tight ends finding their way

Posted by Albert Breer  August 30, 2010 03:39 PM

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The adjective Crumpler would really like to use, though, is "ready".

Both players have flashed big-time ability in the preseason. But Crumpler has told them the regular season is a different ballgame. And so the group moves on to the next step.

"Game’s a little bit faster, and you get more time to prepare for your opponent," said Crumpler. "I think my focus in camp has been just to compete. Whatever the defense shows us, we just go out there and compete and go at it, and try to make the whole attitude of our team a competitive one. Then we can start focusing on teams we’re gonna be playing in the regular season, study them, break them down a little bit more.

"More the mental things that come with being a pro come into effect as we get closer to the regular season. But I think the foundation that we’re building, that we’ve set down, in terms of our (tight ends) room, it’s getting there, so the things you see now are the things you’re gonna see in the regular season. That’s important.

"Preseason matters, in terms of getting ready, but everybody forgets about it as we get into the regular season. I want to make sure the strides we’re making now carry well into the regular season and possibly postseason."

And there, folks, is a big reason Crumpler is here. He's worried about the tight ends as a group, not just himself, and that mindset is quite an example for a young player.

Even the kind that might have you staying after practice to get that little extra bit of work in.
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