Friday, May 02, 2008

Opening mini-camp thoughts

The first day of mini-camp is always tough because there are so many new players on the field, you actually need a roster handy to figure out who's who. By the time training camp rolls around, I've learned all the numbers, so it's not a problem.

But for now, I have to look at the roster before and after every play.

© Several vets were sitting out, Hines Ward, Aaron Smith and Troy Polamalu among them.

It's no big deal, as it gives some younger guys more reps.

© With Polamalu out, Tyrone Carter was at strong safety. Ryan Clark was at free safety. Clark, by the way, was wearing No. 21, as was new running back Mewelde Moore. I guess they'll have to wrestle to see who actually gets Ricardo Colclough's old uni.

© The starting offensive line was Marvel Smith at LT, Chris Kemoeatu at LG, Sean Mahan at C, Kendall Simmons at RG and Willie Colon at RT.

I spoke with Smith, who's coming off offseason back surgery, after practice and he said he feels better than he has in years.

The back had been hurting him for several years, but last year it got really bad, causing his right leg to go numb.

He's very excited about finally being able to play pain free.

© Rookie wide receiver Dorian Bryant, an undrafted free agent, is no longer on the roster.

Word is that he was in Pittsburgh Thursday night, but was a no-show for practice Friday. I don't know what's up with that, unless he changed his mind and signed with another team after he took a good look around.

© Quarterback Dennis Dixon, who wasn't supposed to be football ready yet, did take one snap with the offense Friday morning.

9 comments:

adamg said...

Is Ryan Clark switching numbers in honor of Sean Taylor?

Dale Lolley said...

That's a good question. I didn't get to ask him, but that's a likely thing since they played together in Washington.

Wieters said...

According to nfldraftcountdown.com, Bryant "had off-the-field troubles and character is an issue." Perhaps that had something to do with it?

Dale Lolley said...

Well, he was there on Thursday night, I was told. And then he wasn't there on Friday.

adamg said...

On the radio today, Bouchette said that Dixon took a few snaps at QB and was not wearing a knee brace. He said Dixon looked pretty mobile, too. I was kind of surprised to hear that since Dixon said in his draft day interview that he didn't expect his doctor to release him for another month.

Dale Lolley said...

It was a suprise to see him out there. He must have done some more work in the afternoon. I only saw the morning session before I had to get back to Washington to take youth baseball scores over the phone.

adamg said...

On Clark's number, apparently the NFL doesn't let vetern players just change numbers because of marketing considerations. The P-G reported that players have to "buy" back all the jerseys out there before changing to a new number.

All I can say is, "wow"!

Dale Lolley said...

Big business, my man. Big business. But he's going to wear the 21 in practice.

adamg said...

LOL, that's more rules than my condo association has!