Okay week 2 down the drain and it was more painful to watch the second time around folks! For better or worse, here’s the review.
Running game: Complete opposite of the first game with the exception of T.J. Duckett (Good luck in Washington TJ!!). Norwood mostly looked like he was just trying to hit the primary hole instead of reading and reacting, cutting, etc. It also didn’t help that he had to work with an offensive line that was mostly 3rd stringers who have virtually no chance of making the team.
Breakdown of passes:
Vick: 5/7, 59 yards, 1 TD/1 INT, 1 rush for 12 yards. 2 incompletions were bad throws but only 1 bad decision. The first incompletion was a shot to the endzone that was over Roddy White’s head. Not a bad decision at all on Vick’s part, just not a catchable pass. The second was thrown on the run and off the back foot and took off resulting in being overthrown and intercepted. I’m sure Vick wanted that one back. Overall, a very good performance.
Schaub: 5/9, 61 yards, 0 TD/1 INT, 1 rush for 3 yards. 3 bad passes and 1 pass defended. This one was just okay. Schaub threw into double coverage looking for Blakley and the INT was tipped causing it to go behind Pathon and careening off Pathon’s body for the TD.
Randall: 2/3, 23 yards, 0 TD/1 INT, 1 rush for 29 yards. Randall gets the “Bless his heart” award. To be in the 4th quarter behind that cast of backup offensive linemen had to be nerve-racking. His only incompletion was a tipped ball at the line that ended up an INT, certainly not his fault. A solid performance especially under the circumstances.
Shockley: 1/5, 10 yards, 0 TD/0 INT, 2 rushes for 14 yards. 2 bad throws, 2 passes defended. Again, tough to grade with the lack of o-line protection but certainly didn’t help his case to make the team but probably didn’t hurt it either.
Drops (1): Jerious Norwood (1).
Sack responsibility: First sack belongs to Vick for holding the ball too long. Lehr allowed pressure but the pocket held for 3.5 seconds which is adequate (not great but barely enough). Second sack goes to Norwood for not picking up the blitzing Carroll. Third sack is a bit of a combined effort. Omiyale allowed initial pressure which forced Randall up and Jason Randall couldn’t hold up against Montgomery. Fourth sack goes to Shawn Draper on the very next play as Montgomery went right past him. The final sack goes to Trevor Hutton who allowed pressure forcing Randall to take off and fell a yard short of at least getting to the line.
Pass blocking: First unit was fine. The backups (without a 2nd string tackle and both guards) weren’t impressive at all.
Run defense was better this week but not good enough (evidenced by the Grady Jackson signing). Bozeman and Lavalais just aren’t the answers against the run. Lake is good against the pass but we’ve got plenty of pass rushing DT’s. Shropshire and Tommy Jackson are young and experienced but do have potential. Hopefully, they’ll learn from Grady Jackson and spell him as needed.
The pass coverage was okay but very hard to judge because it was mostly vanilla zone defense.
D-line got 2 late sacks (Lavalais, Jackson helped and Lake). Carrington got pressure several times but couldn’t cash in. Mallard also had an opportunity or two but whiffed as well.
Rossum had 1 kickoff return and it was fantastic. The rest were pretty much just your standard 23 or so yards, nothing memorable at all. Jennings appears to have the speed to be an effective returner but I haven’t seen anything in the games to take the job away from Rossum yet.
Koenen was awesome on his FG attempt and his punts.
Things that really need improvement:
1. Run defense.
3. O-line depth
4. Closing the deal tackling
Offensive MVP: TJ Duckett
Defensive MVP: Demorrio Williams (5 tackles, 3 assists)
Special Teams MVP: Michael Koenen.
Goat of the Week: Backup o-linemen
Camp Battle progress:
3rd QB: I’m still leaning towards Randall but it’s a very slight lead.
RB: We traded Duckett as I asked the question last week. Does Cobb get a shot at returning or do we just go with Norwood OR does Jackson get a good look at #3 RB?
WR: Jenkins continues to do his job. White’s hands looked better this week (in limited time). Out of the young guys only Youngblood and Jennings caught passes. With Lelie in the mix now, that leaves competition for 2 slots. I think Jennings gets 1 and I think Youngblood has the lead on the 5th.
TE: Blakley definitely is a very solid option as a backup for Crump. No sacks allowed by Blakley or Fells but hard to tell who’s blocked better. Beverly has been used almost exclusively as a blocker. I think Blakley has a good lead on Fells right now. Whether or not Fells can beat out Beverly, that’s a good question
DE: I don’t know if we carry a 4th DE but maybe Carrington gets a look at practice squad.
DT: No standouts this week. I thought Lavalais was decent against the pass with 1 sack and 1 tip (unfortunately turned into a long TD reception). Jackson still found ways to make a few plays just not enough to be a starter yet. It would surprise me to see 6 DT’s and 3 DE’s carried. With Grady Jackson, Shropshire and T. Jackson being the NT’s while Coleman, Babineaux and Lavalais work UT.
LB: Outside of the normal crew, I really like John Leake. I don’t know if there’s room for him on the team or not but he’s aggressive and also very good on special teams.
CB: Good to see Webster out there. I think this group will look much better during the regular season.
S: Turnbull didn’t really follow up his first week’s performance. Cam Newton played fairly well against the run but was late a few times on pass coverage. Chris Crocker WOW! What a hitter!
K: Koenen, no question. Just a matter of who handles kickoffs.
Let me know your thoughts and questions otherwise:
Next up: @Tennessee this Saturday, August 26th!