Written by Luke Easterling on January 20, 2015
The first day of practices here in Mobile are in the books, and while the full pads haven’t been strapped on yet, there was still plenty of action to dive into. Despite the lack of full contact, today’s helmet-and-shoulder-pads practices still gave an especially solid look at the skill-position players, while upper-body strength and hand usage among the lineman was noticeable, as well.
The weather was perfect for both practices, and while the schedule and location of the sessions didn’t permit me to catch all of both squads, I was still able to come away with some early impressions.
Oregon State CB Steven Nelson was the first player to jump out at me during warm-ups, thanks to his tight movements and attention to detail in even the simplest drills. He continued to impress throughout the rest of the practice, showing quick feet and change-of-direction skills during DB (read more…)