It was Day 3 in Tampa where the East West Shrine Game is winding down. This was supposed to be the last padded practices of the week but due to the rain storm during the West practice it will be interesting to see what they do today. The NFLPA practice entered Day 2 and people are beginning to wonder what the NFLPA thinks of its inaugural event that was barred by the NFL, and has had very sparse attendance otherwise.
We apologize for not having any Battle of Florida notes, we hope to speak to some people today about that and get some notes ourselves.
“Day three for the East roster, I got a great chance to look at the receivers and defensive backs especially today, with also focus on how the linebackers and running backs did in team drills.
The big winners today were Tauren Poole, Chase Ford, AJ Jenkins, Josh Norman, and RJ Blanton, but see who did well at each position here”
“It was a downpour for most the West practice day on Day Three, not a great chance to watch the position players, the quarterbacks, or really anything in terms of big plays. Still, some guys had chances to flash as well as disappoint.
Some condensed notes because I without a notepad as well as having a shorted/uneventful practice, but I thought Justin Francis, Dominique Hamilton, Kevin Koger, Marc Tyler and Shaun Prater were winners in today’s ugly looking practice.”
“Wednesday will live in 2012 Shrine Game remeberence as the day in which the rain drowned the non-NFL scouts such as myself throughout, but to me, a few other non-scouting related happenings allow for some additional notes from the Wednesday practices and post-practices.
I talked with BJ Coleman of Chattanooga who had some very interesting things to say, saw a few mini fights and emotion on the field today, and see which teams were interested in whom after practices. ”
National Football Post
“It looked like there was going to be the possibility of a breakthrough for UT Chattanooga QB B.J. Coleman today, as he seemed much more comfortable working from under center, balancing his feet and maintaining a more efficient base. Plus, he was more natural moving his feet in line with secondary targets early on and letting go of the football on time. However, as soon as the live bullets starting flying he had a tendency to fall off throws and would get narrow/upright in the lower half, limiting his accuracy.”
“Boise State DE Tyrone Crawford had possibly his best performance of the week today. He showcased the ability to win at the point of attack in the run game, as he overpower opposing tackles during 9 on 7. But also was able to win consistently off the edge as a pass rusher during both team and 1on1 drills. He did a nice job turning speed into power as a pass rusher creating the needed leverage to overwhelm and was sudden enough to slip blocks when opposing tackles wanted to get physical. Looks like at worst a rotational defensive end who has the skill set to start as a base 43 lineman.”
Tom Melton’s NFL Draft Blog
“BJ Coleman (Chattanooga) continued to pace the group, but accuracy was still an issue for him today. I like his intangibles and he is supposed to be a film junkie, so I think that with coaching and patient development he could be a starter in two years. He’s got the arm and the tools, he just needs time. Austin Davis (Southern Mississippi), on the other hand, doesn’t have Coleman’s tools as I have pointed out since my preview and he didn’t have a very good day today.”
“Boy did it rain a lot at this practice. Just when it seemed to be letting up it seemed to pour rain. It rained literally the entire time, though it did let up towards the end when they called it. Not ideal conditions, but there was still information to be gleaned.”
“The East team held its final padded practice of the East-West Shrine Game with a morning session in St. Petersburg, Fl. on Wednesday. It was the second time that the East squad wore pads and had full hitting. Players were not tackling ball-carriers to the ground, as instructed. On a stop, the defender would wrap up and hug the ball carrier before letting go. This practicing technique is done to prevent injuries.”
“The West squad held its final padded practice of the East-West Shrine Bowl on Wednesday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fl. A storm came in and the entire practice was played in steady rain. That caused 90 percent of the NFL scouts and media to leave the field and skip the practice. As a result, the coaches ended the practice about an hour early.”
“ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Offensive and defensive linemen began to stand out Wednesday at the East-West Shrine Game practice, where one of the biggest stories was from the far north — Canada.”
“CARSON, Calif. — It was the first practice for prospects preparing to play in Saturday’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Quite frankly, it looked like it.
The American and National teams, coached by former NFL coaches Tom Flores and Dick Vermeil, featured many players out of uniform, missing helmets and virtually none of them were wearing the numbers listed on the event roster.”
“AJ JENKINS – WR – ILLINOIS: Jenkins really does a great job exploding out of his stance and getting a clean release from defensive backs attempt to bump him out of his routes. He displays the quick twitch ability to break off defensive backs with ease and close on the football when it’s in the air”
“JARIUS WRIGHT – WR – ARKANSAS: He’s a fiery receiver that has had a solid three days because he’s one of the most explosive receiver on the West roster and he was not bothered at all by the rain. He’s definitely a player that has that quick twitch ability to snatch the football out of the air and instantly make plays upfield with his quickness and running instincts.”
Big Cat Country
“Today was the second day of practice at the NFLPA Bowl in Carson, CA. There were, again, no NFL scouts in attendance as they have been barred from going because the NFLPA chose to invite juniors that have declared for the draft. There were a couple UFL and CFL scouts, but attendance at the practices has been sparse to say the least.”
“Patrick Witt, QB, Yale – While Witt probably couldn’t have had a much worse day than he had on Tuesday, he actually looked like one of the best quarterbacks on the entire day. There was a never question he had a big arm, but today it was much more dialed in and accurate. On timing routes he released the ball at the perfect time and it was reaching receivers right where it needed to be as soon as they would turn their heads.”