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#1 Astrobot

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 11:13 AM

Today I tried to make notes on as many players as I could.

18 Kevin Elliott -- Made the catch of the day but came down wrong. Trainers were looking at his shoulder. He left on a Gator.  I think they'd miss him most as a gunner on ST, because he looked among the best at gunner.Gunners on the punt team, in order of success: Kevin Elliott, Silva, Sampson, Brooks, Goodwin-Easley.

8 Jeff Tuel -- has potential but needs to match velocity with the situation. He'd throw a pass without velocity allowing defenders to close on the receiver, then throw a bullet that the WR can't catch. His dump pass went for 40+ yards and was the longest non-TD play of the day.

58 Jamie Blatnick played some with the 1's today (also Carrington, Troup) and got pressure. Another combo was Dareus, Carrington, Branch.

92 Alex Carrington was drawn offsides with the cadence by Kolb.

89 Chris Gragg dropped two easy receptions. You want to like this guy, but...

90 Alan Branch impresses me. He gums up the middle and gets pressure without losing lanes.

4 Kevin Kolb -- The word is unspectacular. Didn't look sharp especially under the blitzing today. He throws the ball to the sideline rather than force it; I guess that's OK.

11 TJ Graham -- Again is showing up Woods. He slipped on one play but had a would-be touchdown.

91 Manny Lawson -- was dogging it. Just saying. He may be one of the smartest players in the NFL, but I disrespect his lack of hustle.

42 Kendall Gaskins -- RB with no chance of making the team, but a likely PS selection. He has size, can catch the ball, and has some burst. EJ threw him a pass in 11 on 11 and Gaskins took it for 15, and another for 10.

99 Dareus was drawn offisdes.

20 Tashard Choice is having a good camp running and receiving, and is likely RB#3 over Gaskins, Zach Brown, or Drew Smith. I'd keep Gaskins or Brown on the PS. Choice needs more work on blitzes Pettine's throwing at them.

10 Woods had a couple more drops, and it's in his head. Some nice catches of 2 poorly-thrown balls by Kolb, though. He's playing on the right outside of the formation with Stevie in the slot most of the time, with Graham on the left. He's also with Graham and McKelvin catching punts.

84 Chandler sat out the practice with a black elastic sleeve on his left calf.

14 Kaufman had another 2 drops. He's tall, but the drops in traffic might come back to bite him.

44 TJ Heath had an awful day at DB. Slipped, tripped, allowed a Brad Smith TD.

24 Gilmore had a INT again and plays Stevie extremely well. I think you're looking at one of the best CBs in the NFL there. He's playing at a higher level.

37 Nickell Robey had another INT, plus a sack on EJ on a blitz. He's tiny (165 lb) but he has radar. I think he's still in the running for nickel or dime.

17 Da'Rick Rogers had the only catch vs Gilmore today to my knowledge.

81 Marcus Easley Made a terrific acrobatic sideline catch, both feet in, on a pinpoint pass from Tuel.

75 Chris Hairston walks gingerly along the sidelines. It's killing him to be there and not in at RT.

50 Kiko Alonso is working on quick reaction

38 Frank Summers the FB can catch pretty well. He's a bowling ball at 5-9, 248.

25 Searcy got flagged for pass interference. It wasn't flagrant, but they have officials there to call it.

62 Zack Chibane OG hustled down to make a block on a swing pass to B Smith from Tuel. Got to give him props.

15 Chris Hogan comes back to the ball, makes catches, was PS last year. Think he stays there. Hogan's hands are glue. He caught a Kolb sideline pass that was low and away with just his fingers.

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Edited by Astrobot, 31 July 2013 - 11:14 AM.


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Posted 31 July 2013 - 11:24 AM

Nice summary Astro.  Any observations of #3??

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 11:27 AM

Concerned about Chandler.

Psyched about Gilmore and Rogers.

Happy about Choice.  I've always liked that signing and glad he's here.

Thanks again for doing this, Astro.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 11:33 AM

Awesome stuff, thanks again Astro. But nothing about EJ?

Chandler had a scheduled day off today. I'm more concerned about Elliott...sounds like he was having a great camp to this point. (But not that concerned.)

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 11:33 AM

Great post, very informative. I like Gragg too but I think we struck gold in Darick. If Gilmore is shutting down Stevie and Darick manages to sneak by him he is showing up. Too early to know for sure but if he stays healthy and clean I think he starts game 1. May even outshine Woods.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 11:33 AM

Lawson may get cut if he doesn't start to amp up his intensity - I've read nothing but bad things about him so far.  I know it's early, but man...

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 11:44 AM

Few things.

Surprised nothing on EJ.

Not too worried about Chandler as maybe he's just sore. Maybe it's planned. We don't know.

I'm not too worried about Lawson either. After reading the article about him being a father, I feel like this guy will play lights out as many people over the years have had a sense of inportance after the birth of their child. I feel like he is out to prove it. Maybe it's not showing now, but he's a vet in camp, lets wait until pre season starts to find out.

I'm wondering most about Hairston. He's on the PUP lost right? What was his injury again? What's the general length of time a player with such injury is out? And most importantly, can we remove him from the PUP list at any time to start practicing and playing again? If not, is there a time we can? Can it be done before the start of the season? During? Or do we have to wait until the end?

Anyone?



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Posted 31 July 2013 - 11:59 AM

Helluva camp report. About as good as it gets, really.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:00 PM

View PostBringBackFergy, on 31 July 2013 - 11:24 AM, said:

Nice summary Astro.  Any observations of #3??
According to my in house reporters, EJ looked good and Kolb looked pretty good as well.
EJ tucked it in and ran once where Kolb was more likely to throw it away than run.
Kolb was getting the crap blitzed out of him as well whereas they seemed to be letting EJ take his time and make the play rather than scramble.
Lucky Kolb gets to be in while the D works on it's blitz packages ;)

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:03 PM

View Postmrags, on 31 July 2013 - 11:44 AM, said:

Few things.

Surprised nothing on EJ.

Not too worried about Chandler as maybe he's just sore. Maybe it's planned. We don't know.

I'm not too worried about Lawson either. After reading the article about him being a father, I feel like this guy will play lights out as many people over the years have had a sense of inportance after the birth of their child. I feel like he is out to prove it. Maybe it's not showing now, but he's a vet in camp, lets wait until pre season starts to find out.

I'm wondering most about Hairston. He's on the PUP lost right? What was his injury again? What's the general length of time a player with such injury is out? And most importantly, can we remove him from the PUP list at any time to start practicing and playing again? If not, is there a time we can? Can it be done before the start of the season? During? Or do we have to wait until the end?

Anyone?

Mostly agreed with everything you've offered.

My thoughts below:

View PostAstrobot, on 31 July 2013 - 11:13 AM, said:

58 Jamie Blatnick played some with the 1's today (also Carrington, Troup) and got pressure. Another combo was Dareus, Carrington, Branch.
90 Alan Branch impresses me. He gums up the middle and gets pressure without losing lanes.

It sounds like we'll have a 4-6 man rotation on the d-line, which is GREAT. Lots of fresh bodies, no "one" role for any of these guys. My only concern is having guys get stuck on the field if our opponent (Pats*) goes to the hurry up and they get gassed.

View PostAstrobot, on 31 July 2013 - 11:13 AM, said:

4 Kevin Kolb -- The word is unspectacular. Didn't look sharp especially under the blitzing today. He throws the ball to the sideline rather than force it; I guess that's OK.

File this under "not surprising." I have been underwhelmed with Kolb from the word 'go.' The day we signed him, I watched all of his 2012 throws on NFL Game Rewind. We need this guy. As our backup.

View PostAstrobot, on 31 July 2013 - 11:13 AM, said:

11 TJ Graham -- Again is showing up Woods. He slipped on one play but had a would-be touchdown.

17 Da'Rick Rogers had the only catch vs Gilmore today to my knowledge.

81 Marcus Easley Made a terrific acrobatic sideline catch, both feet in, on a pinpoint pass from Tuel.

10 Woods had a couple more drops, and it's in his head. Some nice catches of 2 poorly-thrown balls by Kolb, though. He's playing on the right outside of the formation with Stevie in the slot most of the time, with Graham on the left. He's also with Graham and McKelvin catching punts.

15 Chris Hogan comes back to the ball, makes catches, was PS last year. Think he stays there. Hogan's hands are glue. He caught a Kolb sideline pass that was low and away with just his fingers.

HOLY **** BALLS this is becoming a crowded field. From weakness to cumbersome strength in one off season? May be.

We've got two players with attitude: Graham and Rogers, we've got a physical specimen in Easley, we've got the guy with all the tools in Woods and everyone seems impressed by this Hogan character. I'm really really hoping a cream rises to the top (or in this case outside) and Stevie's left in the slot to do "his" thing. Wow. Just keeping my fingers crossed with this bunch.


View PostAstrobot, on 31 July 2013 - 11:13 AM, said:

84 Chandler sat out the practice with a black elastic sleeve on his left calf.

Not worried about it. He's a vet, he's coming off injury, he should take it slow. If he's healthy he'll play well. We need him, in spite of the WR crowd.

View PostAstrobot, on 31 July 2013 - 11:13 AM, said:

24 Gilmore had a INT again and plays Stevie extremely well. I think you're looking at one of the best CBs in the NFL there. He's playing at a higher level.

I'm hoping Pettine designs the defense around this recurring observation because it's sounding more and more like he's (without question) the best player on that side of the ball.

View PostAstrobot, on 31 July 2013 - 11:13 AM, said:

37 Nickell Robey had another INT, plus a sack on EJ on a blitz. He's tiny (165 lb) but he has radar. I think he's still in the running for nickel or dime.

The more I hear about this guy, the more he strikes me as Jabari Greer 2.0. Here's hoping.

View PostAstrobot, on 31 July 2013 - 11:13 AM, said:

75 Chris Hairston walks gingerly along the sidelines. It's killing him to be there and not in at RT.

I'm not sure Hairston would be a terrible loss. We have a swarm of solid players without a stud. If we lose anything, we lose depth.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:05 PM

Awesome stuff & love the easy to read summary. As someone who never hustled, I hate reading that line about Lawson. Number 1 to piss off coaches & your new teammates is to not hustle.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:09 PM

What did Maronne know about Elliot's injury and when did he know it?

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:12 PM

Thanks!

Could you expand a little on what you mean with Kiko?

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:28 PM

Thanks a bunch Astro.

The WR's will be fun to watch this preseason. Interesting to hear that Woods has a case of the drops happening, but I think he can overcome that. Who gets left out of this bunch?

Tomorrow is going to suck with no practice scheduled.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:32 PM

awesome report, thanks!

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:34 PM

View PostThe Big Cat, on 31 July 2013 - 12:03 PM, said:

The more I hear about this guy, the more he strikes me as Jabari Greer 2.0. Here's hoping.

Actually, based on his size, I'd say he's more like Jabari Greer 0.5.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:34 PM

What I would like to know about EJ is does he seem to be steadily improving day by day....I dont even care if he is making mistakes right now....just wondering if he is better every time he steps under center.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:40 PM

View PostCodeMonkey, on 31 July 2013 - 12:00 PM, said:

According to my in house reporters, EJ looked good and Kolb looked pretty good as well.
EJ tucked it in and ran once where Kolb was more likely to throw it away than run.
Kolb was getting the crap blitzed out of him as well whereas they seemed to be letting EJ take his time and make the play rather than scramble.
Lucky Kolb gets to be in while the D works on it's blitz packages ;)

I love it. Reporting on the Bills from camp sure beats the hell out of those chores around the house. Tell 'em to keep them coming. Their perspective is highly appreciated here.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:41 PM

I heard EJ went another day without a turnover and that the coaches are now showing him more Blitz's.

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:53 PM

Ranks, Rastro!