REAR ENTRIES: Back In Pads
July 30, 2012 at 10:45am by Scott • 4 Comments »
MARTIN IN THE LEAD: According to the Times, who had more hedges in their statement than field at Sanford Stadium, Doug Martin is in the lead for the role of starting running back. Martin is taking starting reps in practice and gets more of them than LeGarrette Blount. All of this should surprise absolutely no one. When you trade up into the first round for a new toy, you want to play with it right away.
FUMBLE!: Sunday was the team’s first day practicing in pads, so there was going to be some hitting going on. During one of the team drills, Mossis Madu fumbled the ball. And if it’s one thing Greg Schiano won’t tolerate, it’s fumbling. And everything else he doesn’t like.
“We certainly have a ton of stuff we have to work on. It was sloppy. But I think every time you add a different variable to the equation, you’re going to get a little bit of that. So we add the pads, we add contact, you start thinking about some of those contact related things and you start messing up your assignments or you jump off-sides.
“Penalties, missed assignments. We had one ball come out, which that just can’t happen. A ball carrier can not put the ball on the ground, period.”
Madu’s head has been stuffed and mounted in the team cafeteria as a reminder to the rest of the players to hold on to the football.
JACKSON GETTING HIGH MARKS: The guys at Pewter Report are good at spotting the little details at camp that most of the other publications miss. In one of their camp articles, they gave the most effusive praise to Vincent Jackson that I’ve seen in a long time.
There’s nothing Jackson does not do well. From route running to catching to blocking – Jackson is heads and shoulders above the rest of the receiving corps.
His work ethic is just as impressive as his playing ability.
In blocking drills, Jackson was impeccable;
Not bad. But Jackson is going to have a lot of attention on him this season, so the other receivers really have to figure out how to get separation and take and take advantage of all the coverage flowing to Jackson. PR says Mike Williams isn’t looking so hot yet and, of course, Arrelious Benn is out for a while. But, as everyone has been doing this offseason, they give high marks to Tiquan Underwood. If things continue this way, do not be surprised to see Underwood overtake Williams for the #2 receiver slot. Schaino will not hesitate to reward consistency with playing time. Being from Rutgers doesn’t hurt Underwood’s chances, either.