I spent the entire day at practice today, partially because I’m going to miss practice all week this week. I’ll still be getting updates from a few sources though, so expect to hear about all of the breaking news as soon as I can get it. Tomorrow, I’ll have a photo gallery from today’s practice. Video is already up on the Tusker House YouTube channel. Enjoy the round-up.
Fakhir Brown looks good
It was only his first day, but newly signed cornerback Fakhir Brown looks good. He’s still learning the terminology, but he was already taking reps with what looks to be the first team defense. His play should help prevent some of the mistakes made in Thursday’s scrimmage.
Willie Williams and Julius Wilson did not practice today, but the fact that both were in uniform today is a very good sign. Williams is still expected to be out at least a week, but he is recovering quickly. I watched him go through some rehab exercises without losing any movement in his injured knee. Wilson’s timetable was not revealed.
Attendance counts for Thursday
Various numbers were tossed about in regards to Thursday’s attendance. One security guard claimed to count 146, but I heard as many as 200 showed up for the scrimmage. Official numbers have not been released. Still it was a very good turnout for an event that had zero advertising until the day of the event.
Shaud Williams impressing
Shaud Williams picked up a lot more reps than usual today, and he looked very good. He’s still seeing time with the first team special teams unit, and has become a voice of the group on the field.
For a decent portion of practice, both Brooks Bollinger and Chris Greisen struggled with locking on to one receiver. It didn’t lead to many turnovers or batted down passes, but it was frequent enough to worry me. I wasn’t the only person at practice that noticed, either.
Cornerback Darius Vinnett had a rough day
Vinnett needed to bounce back after a rough scrimmage in which he was burned on a deep ball, and I’m not so sure he did today. At times, he looked like the best corner on the field, but on too many occasions he was beat or made a wrong move that allowed the receivers to get open for big passes. With the addition of Fakhir Brown, Vinnett needs to step up his game if he hopes to play on a regular basis.