A loose and lively practice that had a very Friday feel, with players being cut loose to see their families after they finished work. And the weather cooperated, giving us the first relatively comfortable day on what’s been a pretty cold week.
- A couple of nice battles in one on one drills between Malcolm Kelly and DeAngelo Hall. Hall won the first one, knocking the ball away (although the play ended with the two getting tangled up and hitting the ground), and Kelly used an excellent cut to shake loose and make the catch two plays later.
- Alfred Fincher got more reps than usual with both London Fletcher and Marcus Washington still out, and he looked good. He seemed to be communicating well with the safeties and generally putting himself in the position he needed to be in when called on. The last time I remember seeing him play was the disastrous Jaguars preseason game, where he was one of the few bright spots; if he has to play this week, hopefully that’s what we’ll see again.
- Jason Campbell is looking decisive. It’s not a word I would’ve used to describe him coming in to this year, but it kept coming to mind as I watched him today — confident and decisive.
- The safeties look great. LaRon Landry is all over the place; he tips a pass high in the air, resets, turns, and lays out completely flat to try to make the interception. It’s just out of his reach, but that’s okay — he had already intercepted the previous one. Meanwhile, Chris Horton keeps showing strong awareness and good closing speed, once breaking up a well-thrown pass intended for Fred Davis and also doing a good job reading a screen pass and coming up to make the stop. The more I see of him, the less I understand how he fell as far as he did in the draft.
- Injury updates: Cornelius Griffin and Kedric Golston were able to do some drills, although not practice. Clinton Portis was on the mental reps again, but is expected to participate Sunday. And, as noted, Fletcher and Washington were out, along with Andre Carter.