North Team Practice #2

DaeSean Hamilton continued to be a standout among the wide receiver group. Hamilton flashed in the 1-on-1 session, cooking defensive backs with double moves and a bevy of head fakes. He created separation at the line of scrimmage with his releases, and was continually getting open. The one knock on Hamilton is a few drops he has had to this point in the week.

Cedrick Wilson stayed consistent with some high-caliber play this week, winning at the break point with precision. Wilson was tracking the ball well and extending for a few grabs. One rep he used good body control to make a catch along the sideline but only got one foot down in bounds, showing that he has a slight transition to make for the next level.

A player that caught some eyes today was Penn University receiver Justin Watson, who showed good extension catching some passes over his head. Watson had some good body control but didn’t create a ton of downfield separation today.

Jaleel Scott continued with his inconsistencies today, dropping a few passes and leaving some to be desired with his ball skills. Scott showed upper body flexibility during cone work, making him adept at the break point. He has shown some active releases and potential for soft hands. He needs to tighten up aspects of his game moving forward.

Braxton Berrios needs to thrive at the break point, but he looked slightly erratic with only average flexibility during cone work. Berrios didn’t create a ton of separation in man situations, and when he did his lack of length hurt him trying to catch some passes over the middle. Berrios will need to make some noise on special teams moving forward with the week.

Allen Lazard tightened up the drop issues he had yesterday, and dominated a few reps with his physicality. Lazard has good hand usage to stay clean on breaks and excellent body control, which allows him to be a technician in some cases. He needs to be more aggressive attacking the catch point, and not always using his incredible frame is the main knock against him at the moment.

Michael Gallup made a nice downfield catch during 1-on-1s but other than that was pretty uninspiring. He lacked effort attacking the catch point during team period, which resulted in an interception. His lack of effort continued throughout the practice when stalk blocking while working in special teams. Gallup continued to be clamped by Boston College CB Isaac Yiadom, struggling with his length. He needs more effort to make a positive impression moving forward.

South Team Practice #2

Byron Pringle had another good day for the South team, reaffirming his ability to win at the break point. Pringle had a few issues with contested grabs today, but he has been getting open throughout the first two practices and should be improving his draft stock.

James Washington won downfield on a post route in 1-on-1s, flashing his excellent ability as a deep threat. Washington is still having some issues in the intermediate and with his hand usage, but his downfield capabilities continue to shine over his deficiencies.

J’Mon Moore was locked in for the first half of practice and showed his untapped potential. With his combination of size and speed, he makes some plays that few others can make. Subsequently, Moore followed it up by dropping a handful of passes, which continued a disappointing trend from day 1.

Marcell Ateman had some disappointing reps, being forced to fight through contact too many times. Without the ability to win in his stems, Ateman will face a lot of physicality throughout his routes and needs to do a better job of fighting through it to bring in contested catches. Ateman did have a nice red zone grab in the goal line session, flashing his potential to become a major factor down there at the next level.

D.J. Chark had an up-and-down day, being unable to win multiple contested catches. Chark finally flashed in attacking the catch point and high point of the football in a deep rep, but dropped the pass. He did flash some ability to create separation at the break point which could prove valuable as a bigger receiver.

Tre’Quan Smith had a rougher practice, failing to haul in a few passes and making body catches when he did pull it in. Smith continually faded away from the ball on crossing routes rather than staying flat, allowing CB’s to cross in front of him. Smith’s athleticism is only average, and if he can’t clean up his technique and become a technician he will run into problems in the NFL.

About The Author Brad Kelly

Brad is in his second year as the wide receivers and defensive ends Coach at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the same high school in which he attended. He also coaches indoor and outdoor track & field, specializing the sprinters and jumpers. Brad attended Salve Regina University where he played football and rugby, splitting time between wide receiver and tight end. He graduated college in 2015 with a degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working towards his Masters.