A solid practice in some beautiful Maryland weather closes out with some exciting performances by the offense.
Editor’s note: I’m not going to list every player in this report. I’m also not going to report frequently on most starters. The stock report is about the players battling for a roster spot—for their employment status. So, when Lamar Jackson/Earl Thomas III aren’t catching buzz, but the other members of their position group are, I’m not unseating the stars for the back-up.
Player of the day: WR Jordan Lasley
The early morning featured a drop for Lasley in uncovered drills but the practice ended with him hauling in a few tough catches during in-game scenarios. His first solid catch occurred around the 15-yard line, where he managed to fend off CB Cyrus Jones’ blanket coverage and hold on for the big gain. It was a tough catch as Jones went stride-for-stride and both players were going for the football. On the next play, Lasley caught a Robert Griffin III spiral in the endzone for six. With such a tightly contested depth chart, every splash play matters.
WR Miles Boykin — Another receiver who started off rocky but ended on a high note. Boykin dropped two passes, with one being a tough route to the outside against good coverage. Just after commenting on the drop on Twitter, Boykin answered the bell with a leaping sideline grab and toe-dragging for the completion. Next play, the rookie caught a 20-ish yard pass in the back-corner of the endzone.
QB Robert Griffin III — The veteran quarterback looked sharp on day one. He completed passes in short, intermediate and deep routes.
TE Nick Boyle — The veteran tight end on the roster is heavily incorporated in both the blocking and passing, it seems. He caught a few strikes here and there, with only one pass being broken up.
DB DeShon Elliott — The second-year safety out of Texas is already buzzing around the gridiron. His best play of the day was a pass break-up on Boyle, who didn’t take too kindly when Elliott stood over him after the whistle. Boyle gave the safety a quick shove and things dispersed quickly.
DL Michael Pierce — After all the hullabaloo regarding his weight, Pierce passed his conditioning test before day one of camp and is out on the field working. This non-story has seen its end.
Jermaine Eluemunor & Shane Ray — By next week, these two will be on the field and we’ll all forget they didn’t play the first training camp practice of 2019. For now, though, they’re on the list. It’s not a big deal, but it would’ve been positive for both players to get those day one reps in. However, I will say it was good to see Eluemunor still on the sideline and helping whenever possible. During simulated drills, Greg Senat was getting tips from Eluemunor on his foot placement and order for a certain type of play. They worked on it for a few snaps as the first team was working.
CB Maurice Canady — A shaky first day for the corner in which he allowed a few completions. Nothing major but he wasn’t making the plays we all know he’s capable of.