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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Practice five highlights

The defense is dominating practice.

After a slow start, things got interesting around 4:20.

The defense created three turnovers in a row, including two picks and a fumble recovery.

Rookie Marcus McCauley made a diving catch on a crazy play I will not divulge, to protect the team's interests. Then, Cedric Griffin hauled in a pass Cortez Hankton bobbled. Griffin a few plays earlier made a diving deflection of a pass intended for Troy Williamson.

On an aside, DE Khreem Smith has been a quiet star in practice. He's had several nice pass rushes, including a likely sack of Brooks Bollinger.

The line got so jumpy, both tackles - Artis Hicks and Ryan Cook - had false starts. Per new team rules, they had to make the jog of shame for their mistake. They had to run around the far goal post then back.

So it doesn't look like I'm picking on the offense, Chester Taylor had a good run on the No. 1 defense, and TE Jim Kleinsasser had a nice catch and run that would have netted at least 10 yards.

The No. 1 offense also did a good job in third-down situations, including one to Williamson.

But the top offensive connection was on a third-and-three. Bollinger threw a perfect pass down the left sideline to Martin Nance. The play, which was defended well by Dovonte Edwards, would have netted at least 20 yards.

Rookie Tyler Thigpen also zipped a pass that Chandler Williams dove for and held on to.

Not to be outdone, though, DT Alex Guerrero tipped a Drew Henson pass then actually intercepted it.


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