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  1. PushnPencils

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    Going to TC today...

    ....with the wife and kids for the first time......PRETTY DARNED EXCITED!!!
     
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    Re: Going to TC today...

    Me too! I'm in Boston for the weekend. It'll be interesting to compare it to Chargers and Redskin camps. I'm just hoping it doesn't rain.
     
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    Re: Going to TC today...

    Ian, please BAN both these guys if they fail to post long descriptive camp reports later today
     
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    Re: Going to TC today...

    Take some pictures!
     
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    Re: Going to TC today...

    Take the kids to the Patriot Experience....they'll love it......

    Getting a pic with a cheerleader or two doesn't hurt either !!
    (just wait til wife has to use the ladies room) ;)
     
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    Has anyone been to the Hall? Is it with the $10? Thanks.
     
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    I'll probably get banned after Ian reads my assessments.
     
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    Re: Going to TC today...

    Can you pick me up a foam finger and a blade of grass Gronk walked on.
     
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    Re: Going to TC today...

    Good, maybe you can post practice notes today rather than scaring the living bejeezus out of me with Osi to the Jets threads !!
     
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    Re: Going to TC today...

    If the kids want autographs and you sit up in the bleachers, be alert when it gets close to the end of practice. First time we went another fan gave us a heads up so we were watching and at first movement my son bolted down to the front row (Got Cassel). If we had waited to figure out what was going on we would have been lost.

    They dont allow anyone up to the rail until they give the OK then its a jailbreak.
     
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    Went to my first training camp with the wife and kids today.

    I will provide some quick assessments, but have to mention in advance due to the fact that I was accompanied by wife and kids, I was not able to pay as much attention to things like formations and we HAD to leave about a half hour into the second session (3 hour practice today).

    First off...no Haynesworth.

    Got to see Mesko have a pretty average day, but he did a couple of boomers.

    I have to say that the most intriguing thing about watching practice and watching players go through the same drills, you can glaringly see the differences in talent and effort. This was most
    obvious in the passing game amongst the wide receivers.

    Not as much regarding catching the ball, but things like running crisp routes and making quick breaks. most importantly how much effort you put into it.

    In this regard, no one stood out more than Welker and Edelman. These guys ran full tilt...full time. The speed leaves you awestruck. Branch does not exhibit the suddenness of the other two, but there is a smoothness to his route running and he and the ball were at the someplace every time. Ochocinco seems to be a hybrid of the other styles....a long strider who runs very clean routes but has the suddenness on things likes quickly breaking to the sideline or on a buttonhook comeback. Taylor Price was steady, fast but did not have any WOW moments during my time there. I didn't
    see any drops by the top 5 WRs in camp. The talent drop off in regards to speed, quickness and most importantly a lack smoothness is big when you get to the Farnham, Jenkins, Ross...etc. The great players make it all look easy...the others look like they labor to make anything happen.

    Secondly...... Gronkowski......... is starting to look like the best player on the field. He is truly a man amongst boys and whoever covers him will suffer nothing but humiliation. Ask Big Bang Clock....he got burnt on a deep route badly. Merriweather made some effort on the play, but it really looked like a JV player facing off against a HOFer. His hands are all world...on a between the cones tacking drill.....he pushed away his would tackler like a gnat. The crowd laughed...but with undertones of disbelief. Truly a ridiculously talented player.

    Hernandez made some nice grabs, dropped one and was overall steady. Smith and Yeatman are big dudes, nice blockers, both have goods hands....but are lumbering bodies.

    The QBs all had a decent day. No one was overly amazing and in 11 on 11, all three would have gotten knocked on their butts a few times if the pass rushers had not held up before they released the ball. Overall....the accuracy of all 3 was very good.

    I was eager to get to RBs. BJGE looks very strong and quick. Woodhead looked good especially in the passing game. The guy who amazed the crap out of me was #22, Stevan Ridley. Everyone around us agreed the dude stood out every time. He has great hands..plays VERY confident..hits the hole hard and runs with some authority. He's got the effortlessness I eluded to earlier. Really shined and one to keep an eye on. The new DIV II guy, Rich Medelin got lots of reps...and didn't look bad. Very steady. Sammy Morris on the other hand looks like he doesn't have much left in the tank.

    Our jewel of the draft got ***** slapped on one of his first plays. Second to last to sign boy....got swam over and obliterated into the ground by Eric Moore. It was ugly. So ugly...Dante pulled him out and "had words with him".

    Since that was the baseline for the O line...the rest of the day for them all was so so...with piss poor pass blocking and decent run blocking. Looks to me like they have a long way to go.

    Wife calling.....defense next post.
     
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    hopefully haynesworth isn't hurt bad..
     
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    That's awesome man!
     
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    Thanks for the report!
     
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    Re: Going to TC today...


    I went last month ... it was okay ... not what i expected.
    Kicking a field goal was kind of fun.
     
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    Re: Going to TC today...

    No can do......Gronk walks on water:cool:
     
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    Great report, thanks! Anxiously awaiting the Defense post.
     
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    Mark my words, Ridley is our next Dillon.
     
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    The defense was hard to assess. I spoke to the wife and she agreed that sitting in the lower bleachers, from a distance it's really tough to see any interior line play. Next time we'll sit higher up.

    That being said, I could see some edge play....like Moore's disembowelment of Solder.

    I saw quite a bit of what looked like 4-3 with Mayo at MLB. On one play, Welker came into the flat to Mayo right side, mayo picked him up. Welker took the route deeper and Mayo released as he was expecting Meriweather to come up in coverage. BM just stood deep and the pass connected with Welker. After the play, you could see Mayo really yapping at BM.....pointing at spots on the field. BM seemed to try to plead his case but Mayo just waved him off.

    On one drill, a tight end would have to break through 2 covering linemen, escape into the flat and get open while being challenged primarily by an LB or Safety. Almost all of the TEs seemed to have good success. Guyton got beat badly by Gronk. Guyton is probably our fastest LB...and Gronk seemed to pull away from him after the catch.

    Another drill had DBs simulating running up towards the LOS in run support, and a receiver in front trying to block them off. The DBs won most of these battles. Bodden is quite a physical specimen and looked the part of a starting corner. He along with McCourty definitely carry a presence out there. I wished Chung was more active. I will admit....I've never been a big Meriweather guy....and he did little today to change my opinion.

    Myron Pryor was on the field today....I didn't get to view him much in action but a few things were noticeable. I always thought of him as a wide/squat body type. The guy I saw today seemed a little taller an leaner.

    As I said, amongst DEs...Moore looked good. Didnt see too much of Mark Anderson as he was lined up on the other side of the field. Markell Carter seemed pretty quick off the line.

    Got to see BB stop a play and teach Tarpinian a few things. He also gave the team a short but vocal verbal beating for spending to much time on the ground during plays.

    THAT IS IT...my next trip will include less kids...and will include binoculars.
     
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    Great stuff there. As all of us likely suspected Gronk is a beast. He might break some Pats records at the TE position this year. He's got all the tools, the size, and the nastiness to be a great all around TE. 10 TDs his rookie season and the best is yet to come!
     
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