Kaufusi, Dixon Sidelined
Practice was not contact, in shorts. The players went through a number of reps they’ll repeat many times with pads in camp.
Rookie camp consists of 2016 draftees, first year players who went to camp last season, but didn’t qualify for an NFL season, undrafted free agents (UDFAs), and a substantial number of non-roster invitees. The latter group makes player identification difficult (they are not on the roster provided) with multiple players wearing the same number.
At one point, I noticed UDFA kicker Will Lutz on the field with a thin long snapper wearing number 70. On the roster, that was DT Trevon Coley, who stands 6’1”, 304.
Among the draftees, 3rd round selection Bronson Kaufusi was not present. Kenneth Dixon was present, but as an observer only in jersey and sweatpants.
Leslie Frazier worked with the young defensive backs and is immediately impressive. He sets up and runs the drills quickly and follows up with specific, technical advice after each rep. It’s apparent he takes in and retains a great deal of information.
Tavon Young (#43) is compact and well built. He reminds me of Corey Ivy as a nickel who could provide toughness as a tackler and defender, blitz off the slot, and provide good short-area coverage. Ivy (5’8”, 188) was one of the best nickels in the league during 2006, but lost a great deal of value when injuries forced him to move to the outside in 2007. Based on his interview comments yesterday, Young seems to understand nickel is his likely landing spot in the NFL.
Ronnie Stanley stood at one end of the field and his freakish arm length is apparent. Jared Gaither had 36” arms, but they didn’t stand out as much on a man who stood 6’9”. Stanley lists at 6’6” with 35 5/8” arms that are striking and are an enormous asset in pass blocking.
Chris Moore and Keenan Reynolds were the primary kick returners. I did not notice either of them drop a kick. Moore has good straight-line speed. Aside from that, I could not observe much without contact.