-In the first 11-on-11 period of practice, inside linebacker Deone Bucannon, who’s in for Lavonte David as he recovers from a knee procedure, had a great tackle on running back Dare Ogunbowale at the line of scrimmage.
-On another running play in which Peyton Barber was the ball carrier, inside linebacker Devante Bond was able to get ahold of Barber as Bond himself was being taken to the ground. He got through the line of scrimmage and tripped up Barber as he was trying to fight through the middle.
-Quarterback Ryan Griffin rolled out to his left and wide receiver Justin Watson did a good job of getting open downfield, making his way to the left sideline when Griff hit him for a big first down gain.
-In the same period, Ogunbowale burst through the middle on a handoff from Griffin and it was then that the weight Ogunbowale has put on this offseason showed. He looked huge as he barreled through right through traffic, always keeping his feet moving.
-In one-on-one drills, wide receiver Bobo Wilson had an impressive one-handed grab from Wnston in the back corner of the end zone despite cornerback Vernon Hargreaves’ efforts.
-Wide receiver Bryant Mitchell had a great catch in the blitz period down the right sideline on a quick slant from quarterback Blaine Gabbert. He had the defensive back all over him but was still able to make the grab and stay in bounds.
-Winston to Money Mike Evans in seven-on-seven. Too easy.
-Mitchell followed that up with another great catch from Gabbert in seven-on-seven drills right over the middle where Mitchell leapt up to make the grab.
-Cornerback M.J. Stewart had a big pass breakup in front of wide receiver Mike Evans. Winston went for Evans down the right sideline on a long ball but Stewart got his head around just in time to see the ball and bat the pass down.
-Ogunbowale garnered a ‘good catch 44’ from running backs coach Todd McNair in seven-on-seven as he caught a swing pass up the right sideline.
-Rookie defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. had some violent hands in pass-rush drills against the offensive linemen. He got right through despite a double team thanks to his hands.
-Offensive lineman Cole Boozer got his coaches’ praises in pass rush drills. He’s been looking very physical and has stood out among the younger offensive linemen this camp.
-Outside linebacker David Kenney, who just recently started practicing again, was able to get his blocker to the ground in pass rush drills. Kenney is physical and can use his quickness to his advantage, even when he’s outsized by a fair amount.
-Running back Peyton Barber had a nice run in team drills on a handoff from Winston to the left side. He bounced to the outside and took off down the sideline. The crowd at today’s open practice liked that.
-During one of the last team periods of practice both linebackers Devin White and Deone Bucannon were able to get to Winston, even as he tried to roll out. He was forced to throw the ball in the dirt to avoid the sack.
-Justin Watson had a couple good catches in team drills from Blaine Gabbert, one along the left sideline and another on a slant with cornerback Ryan Smith all over him. Watson has a tough time getting open but has proved that he can still make contested catches like that one more and more as camp goes on.
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-Peyton Barber is a tough runner. We knew this. But in the same team period, Barber was able to fight through tackles to get a good 10 extra yards after contact.
-Defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches had a good tackle for loss on running back Dare Ogunbowale in team drills.
-Cornerback M.J. Stewart wasn’t done for the day as he had another great PBU in front of wide receiver Bobo Wilson on the right sideline just in front of the end zone to prevent the touchdown pass from Gabbert.
-Tight end O.J. Howard was money again in the red zone as he snatched a ball from Winston right across the goal line despite safety Jordan Whitehead wrapping him up immediately and trying to prevent his crossing the line.
-Winston went to tight end Cameron Brate on the next play, on what looked like the same route and got the same result. Touchdown.
THE BEST THING I SAW:
Though it probably would have been a sack in a game, tight end O.J. Howard came up with an impressive catch where he dipped down and snatched the ball up right before it hit the ground. Winston had stepped up in the pocket in the face of heavy pressure and was able to get the ball out.