Jim Wyatt has today's practice report up on his blog. Some observations:
Defensive end Jacob Ford, who tore his Achilles last year in training camp, has made a nice surge of late. On Wednesday, he worked his way into the backfield on several occasions. Ford said he’s feeling stronger, and more comfortable.
Second-round draft pick Jason Jones got work with the first team at defensive tackle, in place of Antonio Johnson. Both players are getting an extra long look because of Albert Haynesworth’s absence.
Defensive tackle Tony Brown batted down two balls, while defensive ends Kyle Vanden Bosch and Jevon Kearse busted it in the heat, chasing the ball downfield time and again. Kearse also busted through on one play to stop rookie running back Chris Johnson in the backfield.
Rookie defensive end William Hayes got recognized for both good and bad from defensive line coach Jim Washburn. He was praised for one play, then Washburn rode him for not running to the ball on another.
This defensive line is going to be really exciting to watch. I think they are going to spend a lot of time in the backfield this season.
Receiver Brandon Jones continues to be inconsistent. He made some nice catches, but failed to haul in a few catch-able balls. Defensive back Chris Carr should get some credit for breaking one up, however.
I don't think he will end up making the team. Heimerdinger doesn't care for inconsistent play.
Receiver Lavelle Hawkins continues to provide reasons why he could be an instant playmaker. He’s shifty when he gets his hands on the ball, and makes guys miss.
Hawkins looks on pace to secure the slot receiver spot.