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Last rookie minicamp practice

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on May 18, 2014 at 2:05 pm with 10 Comments »
May 18, 2014 2:05 pm

Haven’t transcribed the interview tapes so I’ll just give you a report and some indirect quotes.

Funny that the three-day rookie minicamp ended the way the NFC title game did — with a deflected pass-interception. Keith Price had driven the “first team” offense down the field in the final seconds of a scrimmage and tried to get the ball to his go-to receiver all day — Kevin Norwood — but cornerback Thomas Wolfe tipped the ball and safety Dion Bailey intercepted it in the end zone.

Price had looked good again throughout the scrimmage, connecting repeatedly with the sure-handed Norwood. He was 4-for-4 on a touchdown drive capped by a TD pass to Arceto Clark, who pulled it in despite it being tipped by a linebacker. The second offense also had a TD drive led by Zach Zulli, out of Shippensburg. Carroll said Zulli never huddled during his college career, so taking the ball from under center in a traditional pro-style offense was a huge challenge for him. But he was accurate and mobile, several times scrambling for good gains under pressure.

On the injury front, second-round pick Paul Richardson was held out for the second straight day after a collision on the last play of the Friday workout. Carroll said he had a slight shoulder problem that will healed in a few days. Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, receiver Christ Matthews, back Johri Fogerson and Lance Ray also were out with minor injuries, and sixth-round draft pick Garrett Scott could not participate because he still has not passed his physical.

Of note, cornerback Eric Pinkins, who seemed to struggle in coverage the first two days, was tried at safety most of Sunday. Carroll said it’s a matter of seeing what he could do at several positions.

Carroll was specifically laudatory of defensive end Cassius Marsh. Marsh was in such good shape he never wore down throughout the weekend, and consistently pressured the quarterback. He also liked the looks of the offensive tackles, second-rounder Justin Britt at the right side and free agent Garry Gilliam (Penn State) on the left. Britt has very solid technique and is said to be a fast learner, while Gilliam is an intriguing prospect as a long-armed 6-5, 306, with good feet and quick set-up.

Some other guys who stood out:

Keith Price again was solid, under control, and accurate. For those who watched him hobbling around at UW, it was nice to see him running around without knee braces or injuries.

Former Husky and EWU product Demitrius Bronson had a good camp, showing quick cuts in the hole and a nice burst into the second level. Safety Markus Smith (Nevada) also kept coming up with nice plays. Tight end Rashaun Allen (South) caught  a touchdown and made several other nice grabs.

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  1. SandpointHawk says:

    What’s up with Garrett Scot?

  2. Dave Boling says:

    Carroll never gave details on Scott other than they were working on getting his physical passed. Scott was walking around watching every day, so it was nothing that seemed visible.

  3. Fantastic to read the positive reports about Britt.

  4. Ewalters7354 says:

    If Keith Price makes plays in the preseason like he’s doing now…

  5. how does Price make the squad with Russell, Tarvaris and Pryor? Can’t imagine Tarvaris not making it, so I guess Price has to beat out Pryor? I’d kind of been assuming that Pryor at least had a shot at playing a multi-position (or at least multi-scheme) kind of role for us, that that was the point of the signing.

    Wait and see I guess.

  6. SandpointHawk says:

    Thanks Dave…

  7. Could be practice squad for Price

  8. Dickyg007 says:

    I’m curious about Jeffcoat. Did he do anything of note? Or just show why no one drafted him?

  9. Dave Boling says:

    Dickyg007. I thought Jeffcoat looked good, particularly on Friday. He’s pretty lean but he gets after it. I think as the camp progressed, Marsh was making more plays and was more noticeable.

  10. Dickyg007 says:

    Thanks Dave. Really appreciate you responding.

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