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Kenny Miles really has picked up a step or two since last year. He was able to make quick cuts and get back to full speed in a few steps which resulted in one huge run. I think he's clearly the back-up RB as long as Lattimore returns to full health. Brandon Wilds also looked good and made a few catches out of the back field. I think Shaw's running ability will be our greatest weapon next season aside from #21. I expect big rushing numbers for him.
Dameire Byrd looks like he's grown a little bit. He work solely on the outside today with Ace and Bruce in the slot. One player I am really excited about is KJ Brent. From what I saw today, he's got a little work to do on his route running before he can become a good player in the SEC. DL Moore's speed really surprised me today. I really hope he can step up and be solid for us this season, especially with his leaping ability in the red zone without Alshon around.
The offense didn't have the best day today but what is somewhat to be expected. Shaw played very few snaps and the backups had problems finding their receivers. In addition, the TJ Johnson and Cann didn't play on the OL. I watched Brandon Shell a lot today. He did very well when he had a defender right in front of him. He handled Clowney's bull rush very well and looks like a quality run blocker. He did struggle with getting to the edge which resulted in a couple sacks. He and Corey Robinson are really built like prototype NFL tackles.
I, like many on the board, was hoping Tanner McEvoy could develop into a solid backup for Connor. We all fall in love with the measurables and the athleticism but it's important to remember that he had only been playing quarterback for a little over two years. The arm strength is there and he clearly has very good mobility but he still has a lot to learn about the position. I'm going to be a little more patient about McEvoy. I expect Dylan Thompson to be the primary backup.
I didn't get a great look at the defense today. The DL looked very good and, like we've heard, Quarles is poised for a big year. Jimmy Legree going to provide quality depth at CB.
Special teams- On both practice kickoff returns, the return team opened up a big hole which resulted in two nice returns. Landon Ard's kick had some very nice hang time and got close to the goal line. It looked like the B team was out on coverage. Consistency is going to be key on the kicks and punts. Adam Yates looked solid all day on field goals but then sent a screamer left that never got more than six feet off the ground.
Thanks for the details. I wonder if they only have Byrd on the outside cause there are a few others hurt?
Good Update Sam, Thanks!
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