Between practices this afternoon, Coach Sparano met with the media and I took away some interesting tidbits. First off, both receiver Greg Camarillo and center Jake Grove sustained what looked like minor injuries late in the morning practice session. The coach would not address either issue, simply saying that he had no medical report. Multiple newspaper reports, though, indicate that neither issue is serious. That said, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if those guys sat out this afternoon’s practice. Other notes:
-Unsurprisingly, WR Brandon Marshall really gets Sparano’s (and his staff’s) creative juices flowing when discussing ways he can be used. I’m sticking with my prediction that he will throw at least two passes this season.
-Center Andrew Hartline got to run with the starters yesterday and the coach said this was mainly to see how he looks while going up against a different group of guys.
-QB Chad Pennington is up over 100 reps now in training camp and Sparano seemed to hint that we would see a lot more of Tyler Thigpen and Pat White than we will of Pennington in the first couple of pre-season games.
-Brandon Marshall, Will Allen, and Patrick Cobbs were simply given a rest yesterday. They could have practiced, no injury issues.
-The coach continued to say that the kick return game is basically a wide open competition. Cobbs, Tristan Davis, and Nolan Carroll will all continue to get chances in that role.
-The free safety position is still one of the big concerns for this team and while Chris Clemons has been getting the bulk of the work there during training camp, he has just 11 more reps than rookie Reshad Jones.
UPDATE: Here are some video highlights of his address, including an assessment of Sean Smith (who was back with the first team today), discussion of the special teams unit, and if it is fair or not to consider Davone Bess just a slot guy:
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