MOBILE, Ala. A review of the South teams second practice in preparation for Saturdays Senior Bowl. The Redskins staff is coaching the team.
Quote of the day from a scout as the South team warmed up: This team has normal-sized quarterbacks. He was referring to the Brandon Weeden (6 feet 3), Nick Foles (6-5) and Ryan Lindley (6-3). The North teams quarterbacks are Kirk Cousins (6-2), Russell Wilson (5-10 ) and Kellen Moore (shade under 6-0).
As expected, the second workout of the week was far crisper and involved some tackling, which is normally discouraged. Best of all, the quarterback-center exchanges went better after Mondays debacle.
New receivers coach Ike Hilliard was on the field working with offensive assistant Richmond Flowers.
Lindley didnt start out great, throwing two woeful one-hoppers on out routes.
Scout on Foles throwing motion: Elongated.
In a drill I didnt see the North team run, one of the Souths early sets were running backs-vs.-linebackers in the passing game. The linebackers, some of whom arent well-versed in coverage, held their own as a whole.
After wearing a Redskins helmet yesterday, linebacker Melvin Ingram had his South Carolina lid back.
Defensive end Courtney Upshaw (Alabama) was a busy guy after the play. He twice got into it with offensive lineman Jeff Allen (Illinois) and shoved Zerbie Sanders (Florida State). Upshaw also did a lot of yapping.
Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris to cornerback Bill Bentley (Louisiana-Lafayette) after he interfered with a receiver downfield. Play the rock! Dont even worry about him anymore.
The two-vs.-two run drills for the linemen, featuring mostly stretch plays, is when the pads started popping.
On the "9" route (straight downfield) drill, Bentley had a nice break-up against Dwight Jones (North Carolina).
There was an emphasis on finishing plays. Even if a running back was on the ground or fumbled or anything, he had to regain himself and run 10 yards downfield.
During pass rush drills, Redskins equipment manager Brad Berlin managed to stay on his feet after getting wiped out once on Monday.
Some results from those high-intensity match-ups: Winning on offense were Cordy Glenn (Georgia), Allen, Sanders and James Brown (Troy). For the defense, Quinton Coples (North Carolina) twice, Jaye Howard (Florida) and Ingram.
A receiver who stood out was Joe Adams (Arkansas).
Before finishing with special teams, players ran nearly 20 plays of 11-on-11. The pass rush should be a beast on Saturday the quarterbacks didnt have a lot of time to throw downfield.
Overall, Weeden is in the lead among all six quarterbacks. Just looks the part better and throws a better football.
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