Special thanks to Matt Moscona for much of the information found in this article.
A few observations from the morning practice:
1. Defensive tackle Ego Ferguson is big. The official roster has No. 9 listed at 6’3, 283 pounds but he looks closer to 300.
2. High school phenom Anthony Johnson, who says he’s lost 20 pounds, is still working on his technique as a defensive tackle.
3. Defensive end Barkevious Mingo spend another day wearing a green “no contact” jersey just like Day 1, but did not appear limited in any way.
4. Linebacker Kevin Minter, if he produces like expected, will be NFL ready by the end of the season. Maybe the most underrated player on the defense.
5. The linebacking corps is in good hands with freshmen Ronnie Feist and Lamar Louis.
6. Like on Day 1, receiver Jarvis Landry made a spectacular catch. The true sophomore looks ready for a breakout season.
7. Tight ends Richard Dickson swapped with Nic Jacobs with Dickson moving to the afternoon today and Jacobs working this morning. Each of the three TEs (Chase Clement, Tyler Edwards and Jacobs) dropped short 5 yard pop passes, much to the chagrin of TE coach Steve Ensminger. Travis Dickson appears to be the best pass catching tight end on the roster.
8. The defensive backs work on catching passes literally every day, not only defending passes.
9. Coach Steve Kragthorpe is impressive with his subtlety. He is constantly teaching the quarterbacks after every throw they make.
10. Running back Alfred Blue is taking snaps in the slot. This is not, apparently, to change positions, but to take advantage of Blue’s unique skill set.
Click here for video of Mettenberger and Rivers throwing to the wideouts.
1. True freshman Danielle Hunter from Texas has the physical stature of an upper classman right now.
2. Jeremy Hill and Terrance Magee are the tailbacks running in the afternoon.
Click here for video of the afternoon practice of the rookies and select veterans.