Camp Capsule #19 - It's Closed Baby!

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Camp Capsule #19 - It's Closed Baby!

Postby skinsfanno9 » Thu Aug 14, 2003 5:38 pm

Thursday 14 August Afternoon Practice Report


Overview: OK, What a totally wierd practice. If I thought the morning practice was lax, I was wrong. This practice was intended to be lax. The players came out with no pads AND no helmets. This means there was no real contact of any kind. If I thought it was hot and muggy this morning, its because I had no idea this afternoon was coming. Many fans left due to the heat.

Only two things happened in this practice, special teams play (kickoff return coverage) and preparation for Saturday. This practice lasted exactly an hour and not enough happened to warrant a long write-up.


Preparation for Saturday: It took me a while to figure it out, but the team basically went "slow motion" walk-through for a number of different plays. These were not the stuff they were practicing during the week. Its clear that this practice was about at least having some preparation for looking like a pro team in a preseason game. Hamden got nearly as much or more time than Ramsey, and the "end of the bench" players (affectionately known as "future Fed-Ex delivery men") got lots of time. Thad Butte got more time than the Rock or Johnson for instance. The most interesting play tried with the starting unit was a two-back eye formation with Bryon Johnson at FB and Rock Cartwright at tailback! Two TEs (Zeron "Butter Fingers" Fleminster and Robert "I'm a Contenda" Royal) were also used. Talk about Heavy Jumbo!

Kickoff Drills: They used a kick machine for the kickoffs, but had both units "run through the plays. Receiving kicks were Chad, Patrick Johnson (consistently #2 in the rotation for kickoffs), Sultan McCollough and Jordan Younger. Based on Sultan "Gimme da Butter Zeron" McCollough's drop here, I doubt he will be handling kickoffs.

Highlights: Here's what was interesting: it appears from the brief starter rotations as if Scott Cloman has taken over the 4th receiver spot. He is ahead of both Russell and Flowers. Also "Da Rock" Cartwright was with the first unit, along with Robert Royal.

The Lowlights: Brian Barker's warmup punting. It was so bad most on the sideline were wondering if it was really John Hall punting (he did not have his shirt on). Brian shanked the majority of the punts in pre-practice; good thing for him the coaches were not out. When Bartholomew (Who absolutely blew chunks this morning) got on the field, he was TUNS better than Barker. Barker's punts weren't even spirals half the time. Maybe he was intending this but I doubt it. The other lowlight was Sultan McCullough, the only kick returner to drop a return.

The interesting!: Our Savior, David Leaverton, has arrived! This new punter (#6), who was practicing long kickoffs (Looong Kickoffs) punted the "You know what" out of the ball right prior to 4:00. He was FAR FAR better than either of the two punters we have now. This is only one practice, but I'm sold - I'd hire him. Word on the street is there will be a 3 way "punt-off" this weekened, in which Leaverton and ONLY ONE OTHER will survive. I don't care which of the two others go, they both suck I think.

The camp wrapped up with little fanfare and only a few people signing autographs, Hamden (who looked alright out there, but not good), Bowen and Ade Jimoh. Also, Frank Herzog was out asking fans to identify players - if they did he'd give them a buck! This will be on Channel 9 tonight I'm sure.

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Postby BossHog » Thu Aug 14, 2003 7:26 pm

... sounds like you witnessed a bit of a yawner.

And yet you stuck it out... you are truly a gentleman among men. I appreciate it... heck everyone does.

Thanks for picking up the torch and SPRINTING with it after I left.

Great news about Leaverton too... nothing wrong with a little competition in a position that's been such a problem for us.

Power's back on in my neck of the woods... hope it comes on for everyone real soon.
Sean Taylor was one of a kind, may he rest in peace.

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Postby woohit56 » Fri Aug 15, 2003 12:26 am

A loud appreciative THANK YOU for closing out the reports from camp.

As far away as I am now I have to say I got better coverage this year then when I lived in the DC area most of my life.

Great reports skinsfanno9.

Thanks to all of you who made this happen for me this camp.

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Postby TennesseeCarl » Fri Aug 15, 2003 1:13 pm

Many, many thanks to skinsfan and the others who took the time to post their observations of the team for those of us who couldn't be there.

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Postby skinsfanno9 » Fri Aug 15, 2003 1:20 pm

Hi TennesseeCarl, it was fun. I think I'm already suffering from withdrawl symptoms. I found the practices very addicting. This is in contrast, I think, from most news reporters there who seem to get pretty blaise to this after a while (they, after all, get to do interviews as well). I look forward to doing this some next year too.

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Postby BossHog » Fri Aug 15, 2003 1:37 pm

I had the same withdrawal symptoms. Just when you are getting well versed in what to watch and when... it's home time again!!!

Like you said... next year will be even better! Heck, we still have this year to enjoy!!!
Sean Taylor was one of a kind, may he rest in peace.

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Postby gwatpvcc » Fri Aug 15, 2003 2:01 pm

read everyday's report, thanks skinfanno

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