Synjyn is the C-back of the team.
Haha nice! Wanted to tag @DaddyBill
I watched Whitehead some out of curiosity, even though he won't play. Not much to report really. Athletic in nature but too thin.
I noticed that too. He's going to be missed on Saturdays, but seeing him fired up on the sidelines like that makes me feel good about him getting back on track with both school and football.- The most vocal player on the field was Jabari. He's really going to be missed on the field this year.
Yes. He was the QB at Marist last year. A friend of mine has a daughter in the band and goes to all their games. He says we got a huge steal with Martenson. He's a magician with the option and has a great nose for the gaps in Ds.Is Martenson the walk on that ran 3O in high school?
Thanks. I thought he was the one who's film had people on this board money shooting their drawersYes. He was the QB at Marist last year. A friend of mine has a daughter in the band and goes to all their games. He says we got a huge steal with Martenson. He's a magician with the option and has a great nose for the gaps in Ds.
On Whitehead: recall that Fred Dryer was an all-NFL DE at 225. I understand he used to line up on OTs, say, "Here I come!", and start making engine revving-up noises. Maybe we could teach that to Whitehead.
okay, I've not really read through all the posts because I just got home from a wedding (the reason I was in ATL from Chicago in the first place). I was at the game with two of my boys thanks to @GTNavyNuke, thanks. I was mostly watching as a fan, not critically, so these are things that stuck out to me or made an impression.
Here are my observations on offense. I was a little late arriving, so I don't know if Justin or Zach played at all. I didn't see either of them run a play. Justin was on the sideline without a red jersey, so I don't know. Saw a ton of Byerly and Jordan.
1. Synjyn played AB, BB and QB today. He looked really good at AB. When he was at BBack, they were mostly sweep plays where he was one of the lead blockers around the end with the lead AB. They were moderately successful some of the time. He played QB down by the goal line.
2. Tony Zenon looked really good running and catching. Deon Hill looked very good running the ball. BJ Bostic and Broderick Snoddy did not look good running the ball. Snoddy was in most of the time with Jordan's group, so maybe the O-Line play wasn't as good, but BS didn't make the edge, wasn't able to get north/south and generally lost yardage on most plays I noticed. I was very disappointed in what I saw of BS today. I thought he'd fare better. Maybe with the 1's he would be able to utilize his speed, but I wouldn't count on seeing him much on the field this year. BJ had a nice reception later in the scrimmage.
3. There appeared to be a big step down in O-Line play when the 2's/3's came in. Some of the guys had to resort to holding to give the play a chance. Not a lot of that called by the refs. Saw some blatant jersey grabs the went unchecked. I thought Jordan ran well when given the opportunity. I saw many times when the mesh was disrupted or rushed when Jordan was in. It's going to take time.
4. Jordan needs a lot of work in the passing game. Not only were most of his throws high, but they weren't on time either. There were several throws that were way too late and off target. One of his throws didn't leave his hand until Waller had come out of his break and was standing there waiting on the ball. This gave the DB enough time to recover and defend the pass. I watched Jordan the whole time and he never looked off Waller. He was his primary receiver from the beginning, the throw was just super late. That's something reps and coaching will fix. Going to take time. I don't think there's any doubt in my mind, Jordan RS's this year.
5. Law Austin was running #20 on the defense. There was a #20 on offense for a couple of series. There's no one listed on offense as an alt #20, so I'm not sure whether it was a preferred walk-on who just wasn't in the roster list handed out or if Law Austin took some snaps at AB. One of the guys with contacts may be able to resolve this.
6. Anthony Messick, Ricky Jeune, Darren Waller and DeAndre Smelter look massive. Michael Summers and Qua Searcy look slight, but Summers looked good running routes and blocking.
7. Tim looked good running and throwing. Most of his throws were on time and on target (which made Jordan's throws look even worse). He ran hard and strong.
I was surprised at how good Matthews arm is and what a good athlete he is actually. I know we expected him to pretty good but to me he is even better than advertised at this stage of his career. I wonder why he wasn't more highly recruited as a traditional qb by a factory school?
Just look at the Longhorns; they over looked Manziel and Jamis Winston. Terry Bradshaw was overlooked out of high school as well as Johnny Unitas. We could go on and on.Quality players are overlooked every single year. Time will tell if Mathews is another example. Every winner of the Walter Peyton award is one. Not to mention all of the D2 players in the NFL. I was really glad we landed him in the end.