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    Well, I'm finally back from the office after taking care of the things I neglected this morning in order to take in some TC. I bought along a mental pad and pen, came solo, and really tried to focus on the practice like I was evaluating an opposing team. Here is what I have taken down.

    Pre-Stretch Activities:


    High Level: Offense worked most of the day in front of the fans, defense towards the press section. In the far end zone, the offense was working on some new blocking schemes. I am a huge fan of the running game, and feel that it is more eloquent than the passing game. It also doesn't hurt my bias that linebackers are primarily run defenders. I love seeing all of the pieces in motion, and this day was no different. I don't know what kind of info I can or should give up, so I will err towards the sign of caution. Suffice it to say that it was a hybrid scheme that utilized the strengths of both directional blocking and zone blocking. It was brilliant in it's design when I played out what it should attack in my head. The backs seemed adept in running it, the linemen were fully capable of running the play, and Shanahan pointed it out to BB resulting in the two bantering for about five minutes about it. Cool.

    While working on a stack and shed drill, Mayo made the sled do a backflip on one jam. The power of these guys is simply remarkable.

    Funny: People were cheering when Brady would jog five feet. He made what looked like a self depricating crack to one of the younger coaches while nodding to the bleachers. He then jogged ten yards then cut hard off of his injured knee without a hitch. The two of them cracked up.

    Position Centric Activities: BB worked one on one with the defense, specifically linebackers. More specifically, he spent time with AD on containment nuances.

    The recievers looked good. 11 didn't look spectacular in my mind, but it was only one practice. Galloway was making obscene cuts and moves, Moss was himself, and Welker was great as well. Tremendous footwork on 83. Even more so in person.

    Opposing Position Work

    Patrick Chung is a freaking athlete. He has spectacular speed for a safety, and had me confused for a corner for a minute. He drops his hips in tackling and drives through the runner while staying in control.

    AD was blowing up linemen during an edge drill. The rest of the defense and offense looked generally lackluster. They clearly were sore. James Sanders made one spectacular play where he crashed the TE on an outside run at the TE. He stood the TE up, took outside leverage and drove the TE into the runner. Flawless execution.

    My favorite part of the practice was a backs/'backers tackling drill. The ball carrier had about ten yards before the defender was to break down or pursue, depending on the path of the carrier. The backs dominated the drill, and Paris Lennon in particular was consistently beaten. Maroney won all three of his matchups with three different moves. He won one by juking the defender, another by simply bursting past him, the third by stutter stepping and laying an effective stiff arm on the defender. The second defender was Jerod Mayo. In addition, Fred Taylor's agility is insane. He was breaking ankles all over the field today.

    During a D-Line on O-Line drill, one player stood out to me: Sebastian Vollmer, future Pro-Bowler. He was eating players alive at the POA, recording four pancakes on running plays. On passing plays, he was never beaten. While those plays alone were impressive, one specific play stood out to me. They were working on a backside step screen off of the play action inside zone at TE. After the playfake, Galloway stepped inside of Wheatley. As I watched the line play, a white jersey streaked towards the corner. In an instant, Vollmer had Wheatley sealed. Had the drill been full contact, Wheatley would have been smelling salt on the sideline in short order. Vollmer was seven yards laterally in three steps out of his playfake. He cut with tremendous agility and drove to the outside of the play with speed I have never seen in a lineman. If I was scouting the Patriots offense and asked to name their best lineman, I would have responded, "76, no question". He is insanely gifted.

    Other than that, the practice was fairly routine, with the great players executing as expected. Vollmer was the standout and was joined by AD, Taylor, and Brace simply because of the volume of work he was getting. If anyone has any comments or questions, please post up!
     
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    every thread I read has Fred Taylor doing great. I cant wait to see him run wild.
     
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    Would you say from your vantage point that "der Kaiser" is in a position to do a "Mankins" and start on day one of the season? If so...Where? Does he break in as a ROT? Share LOT? Or merely become the unequivocal 6th man on the OL?
     
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    Great report -- thanks!
     
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    I would say that there is a very strong probability of Vollmer winning the starting RT job from Kaczur. He's better in pass protection as well as the run. While this is just practice, he is clearly the superior athlete on the line. Obviously, it is dependent upon his ability to grasp the nuances of the position and adapt to the pro game. That said, I would be shocked if he wasn't a starter by the post season.
     
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    Great write up, Jays.

    Love the technical breakdown some of you guys do, its just like being there (almost).

    The Vollmer angle is my main area of excitement - the guys sounds like an incredible athelete.

    The level of praise heaped on him by BB (esp by his own non-commital standards) speaks volumes.

    Keep the updates coming!
     
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    These are some great observations Jay52.
    Sounds very encouraging for fans.
    Thanks for posting.
    BTW-Loved what you were saying about Vollmer.
    Sounds like he just might be the real deal but..
    Who exactly was he pancaking, anyway?:confused:
     
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    Nice Job, I was at that practice and you brought back things I missed.

    I would however caution folks on Volmer. I think he's a year away from becoming more than depth on the OL. As I mentioned in a post, he looks like he'll have problems with speed rushers. He still looks to me like he processing informatoin on assignments, techniques and recognizing defenses. In other words he's still thinking instead of just reacting. Be Patient, and don't forget that Kaszur was as good as any of our OLmen last season and grade out as the 3rd highest behind only Mankins and Neal (who missed 6 games)
     
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    Great report! Appreciate the detail you put into it!
     
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    You guys are getting me way too excited about Vollmer. I maintain that barring injries to 12, 81, 83, the only thing that can stop us is bad to mediocre OL play. That's what stopped us in the SB, admittedly against one of the only DL that could have done that to us. Having a third viable tackle is a really big deal - it would be even better if he could upgrade Kaczur and make Kaczur the swing tackle but even with the starters as is, Vollmer sounds like a big upgrade for now and the future.
     
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