The fifth day of training camp came to a close with still no appearance from first round draft choice Aaron Curry.
Marcus Trufant also remains on the PUP list. Walter Jones did not practice, but did do some side work with offensive line coach Mike Solari before practice. Also sitting this practice out was wide receiver Billy McMullen (knee) and linebacker Tony Taylor (knee).
Returning to practice were Brandon Mebane (knee) and Owen Schmitt (calf).
Also in attendance watching practice was UW head coach Steve Sarkisian, his defensive coordinator Nick Holt and two other UW assistants. Mountaineer Ed Viesturs also was here.
I thought the first unit defense looked strong against the run today, with guys like Brandon Mebane, Lofa Tatupu, Leroy Hill, Darryl Tapp, Colin Cole and Patrick Kerney all making plays either at or behind the scrimmage on running plays. It looks like they’re getting a better feel for what defensive coordinator Gus Bradley wants to do scheme-wise against the run.
Running back Devin Moore had a couple nice runs today, showing good vision in finding a running lane and explosively accelerating through the hole. However, he also tried to bounce outside and outrun the defense a couple times, which you can’t do at this level. He’s raw but talented.
Justin Forsett also had a long run during team where he hit the hole untouched on a draw and outsprinted the secondary to the end zone.
The offense worked a live drill on the goal line today, with the first unit offense scoring three out of four times from the one-yard line. The only time they didn’t get in was an incomplete pass that Matt Hasselbeck threw away.
During special teams work, Forsett, Jordan Kent, Josh Wilson, Ben Obomanu, Moore, Deon Butler, Michael Bumpus and Courtney Taylor all got work as the back guys in kick returns.
Pass rush drills were interesting today. Rob Sims and Cory Redding went against each other for the first time, and it was worth the price of the ticket. Sims won the first one, basically shucking an off-balanced Redding to the ground. But Redding came back during the second battle to get the best of Sims.
Sims really has looked solid during first few days of camp, and is playing with a lot of confidence.
Others who excelled during the drills include Craig Terrell, who made a nice spin move to get past Mansfield Wrotto, and Nick Reed, who also used his quickness to beat Kyle Williams around the edge.
There also was a little smack talk between Red Bryant and Max Unger after their one-on-one collision, with Unger not backing down from the fiery Bryant.
Seneca Wallace struggled a bit during team drills, with Jordan Babineaux picking off a deflected pass intended for Justin Griffith. Wallace also threw into double coverage deep to Deon Butler, which was picked off by Kevin Hobbs.
Mike Teel also struggled some during team drills, getting picked off on a nice, leaping catch by his former Rutgers teammate, Courtney Greene, and later getting stripped by Kevin Brown near the goal line on the last play of the night.
Also, Mike Haas got a rare opportunity to run with the first unit and took advantage of it, getting open from the slot down the seam of the defense for big gain.