The First Day of Practice

Here are some tweets from Aaron Wilson (with some added commentary) about the first day of practice.

Jah Reid has jumped right in with the first-team offense at right tackle, impressive so far, stonewalled Jarret Johnson and Sergio Kindle.

Jah Reid is an imposing right tackle, seems to play with intensity and a mean streak. Footwork is not bad at all. First day, though.

Hearing these things about Reid makes me feel a bit better. While JJ and Kindle are certainly not Harrison, Woodley, or Ware, it's nice that Reid can hold his own against some of our expected starters. I'm still hoping he's not the opening day starter. Intensity and a mean streak remind me of Oher, especially of his battle with Orakpo in the '09 preseason. It'd be wonderful if he plays RT as well as Oher did his rookie year, although that would most certainly be a best case scenario

Sergio Kindle doesn't seem hesitant to throw his helmet in there on pass rush drills. Pass coverage isn't his strong suit at all.

I didn't expect Kindle to come out tentative. Nor do I expect him to cover TEs or RBs. Get to the QB, Sergio, and you'll make bank next year.

Not practicing: Ben Grubbs (ankle), David Reed (wrist) and Ramon Harewood (knees).

I believe all 3 players had surgery in the offseason (or during the season for Harewood). I'd rather them sit out a couple of days early in the preseason and get completely healthy than not heal all the way and re-injure themselves. Then again, there aren't that many practices before the season, and at least 2 of these 3 need all the time they can get to crack the starting lineup. Harewood especially needs to get on the field to begin his battle with Reid.

Chykie Brown picked off Tyrod Taylor and ran it back for a touchdown. Taylor telegraphed the throw pretty badly

Domonique Foxworth breaking well on the ball today, doesn't seem to be hesitant at all after missing last year with a torn ACL.

Good to hear that Fox is back. He'll be key to our secondary, especially if we don't bring in another CB. Still, I expect him to take some time to get back to game speed, similar to Webb early in the season last year. Hopefully he'll be back to full strength earlier than Webb was since he had an extra 4 months to heal.

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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