Moe wrote:WaPo notes on practice:
-lots of injured guys being worked in slowly. Young, Logan Thomas, John Bates, Samuel, Apke and Larsen.
-Trai Turner sat out along with Smith-Williams, also working Roullier back in slowly and he's been elevated off the PUP.
-lots of praise for Dotson. He's picking up things quickly, flashes his skill routinely and is working in different positions, even some return duties.
-Gibson looks more cut and showed his quickness and speed in drills. Hammy was tight so he's not doing team stuff yet.
-RR praised Holcomb for his showing at MLB so far.
- to parrot Vegas above, saw that TE Rodgers has been impressing. Getting more time with Thomas and Bates out, so he's taking advantage.
- lots of 1v1's. WJ3 broke up a pass to McLaurin, and St-Juste blanketed Dotson. Dotson was able to later make a nice adjustment while covered by WJ3.
-Milne getting decent looks and just keep making plays. Several good, consistent practices from him.
-Wentz opened practice with a wide open 15 yarder to McLaurin. Ended practice with four straight completion, 1 to Terry, rest to RB's.
I think one of the knocks on Wentz in the past has been his unwillingness to check down to his safety valve, and his tendency to hold the ball too long looking for the big play. While we have had the other extreme at times the last few years, it is a fine line between being not aggressive enough and being too aggressive, and the perception seems to be that Wentz has been too aggressive over the course of his career.
Knowing what we know about Scott Turner and Ron Rivera, I imagine that they will be preaching to him that he needs to take what is there more often and not risk a sack and/or turnover trying to make a big play. If so, him getting the ball to his RBs might actually be a significant sign of growth and progress.
I do hope that the days of throwing 7 - yard passes on 3rd and 8 are over, though.