Day 2 was relatively uneventful, but the players that did stand out were on the defensive side of the ball.
Vince Redd had a great practice for the second day in a row. When we signed him, I made him my pick for “Randall Gay of the Year,” and now, I’m definately sticking with that. He has tremendous work ethic, and has the size, strength, and athleticism to make a difference at linebacker. I’m starting to think this guy could be a starter down the road. I know I’m probably getting ahead of myself, but I just really think Redd has skill.
The dynamic d-back duo, Terrence Wheatley and Jonathan Wilhite, both played well again. They made every O’Connell pass look like a Scott Zolak pass. They were both tremendous in pass coverage, and even Wilhite showed good hands.
Victor Hobson also looked good. Even before he put on a practice uniform, people pegged him as an unathletic, slow linebacker who would bust with the Patriots. Well, even though it is too early to really tell, it is looking like he will make a difference. Hobson is lining up at inside linebacker, and is seemlingly more athletic than you would think, excelling tracking down plays and in coverage.
In terms of struggling players, Sam Aiken and Kevin O’Connell are the first two that come to mind. Aiken doesn’t even look like a receiver, he drops everything and struggles on his routes. O’Connell is just inconsistent. He seems like he isn’t much of a practice player… at least, that’s what I hope. Because if the way he is playing is going to be what he is, then he isn’t going to be the heir to Tom Brady.