Some notable moments from the afternoon session of training camp.
- The defensive line looks energized — Jason Taylor was running around impressively during 9-on-9 drills, and Andre Carter got a great bat-down on a Jason Campbell checkdown pass.
- Laron Landry made a nice downfield play to break up a good-looking pass, and Leigh Torrence has looked sharp all day, stepping in front of Anthony Mix to pick off a Campbell throw.
- Rookie TE Fred Davis made a nice grab in traffic, easily the best thing he’s done while I was watching.
- We got to see Coach Zorn’s semi-famous “dodge ball” drill, where the quarterbacks pelt each other with large silver exercise balls. It was on the far field from where I was standing, but everyone involved seemed to be pretty enthusiastic.
- The best play of the practice had to be Marcus Washington putting a hit on Clinton Portis during 11-on-11 drills, which brought a loud cheer from the players huddled under the Z-shade. Washington afterward could be overheard saying, “I can’t help it, man, he’s running right at me….”
After practice, I caught up with Durant Brooks and tried to ask him about the ongoing heated battle between him and Derrick Frost.
“Yeah, that’s what everyone says – ‘heated,'” he said. It was clear he was having none of it. “I don’t feel like it’s heated competition. I mean, we aren’t badmouthing each other or anything like that.”
Nevertheless, I pressed on, asking if they’re REALLY getting along.
“Yeah, we get along. We talk to each other, share stories, eat with each other. It’s not a big deal. We don’t stay away from each other or try to do bad things.”
This disappointed me, and I told him so — that it would be a much more interesting competition if they were trying to light each other on fire or something. It was here that a crack of doubt finally appeared. Sort of. If you ignored the fact that he was laughing.
“I know, I know. I have that in the back of my mind that – you know some of the advice he might give me, I try to think about it two or three times before I do it, so there’s that.”
Next I’ll try to get Derrick Frost’s side of the story and see if it matches up.
Finally for the day, just to prove that the punters aren’t the only ones whose drills are TERRIFYINGLY THRILLING, here are the running backs doing blocking drills with an oversized punching bag.
(Posted at 5:40.)