BBD Editor: Dan Hope
Excepting the game itself, East-West Shrine Game week came to a close Thursday, as the East and West teams held their final practices of the week.
There were few scouts to impress, as sparse crowds were evidence that most NFL team representatives had already left town. Nonetheless, the players went to work trying to stand out for the coaches, media, fans and handfuls of scouts who were still on hand.
The East practice continued to be mostly slow-paced with a walkthrough section, as was tradition for Mike Singletary’s squad this week, but the West practice was also significantly shorter than previous days and less intense.
As such, there wasn’t as much to evaluate Thursday as there was in previous days, so there weren’t any players who clearly stood out above the rest. That said, there were still some players who strengthened their impressions on me today, including two top small-schoolers who I talked to after their respective practices to get their thoughts on how the week went and what they think they can bring to NFL teams.