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9 hours ago, KRL said:

Douglas is on the scene:

 

https://www.profootballnetwork.com/east-west-shrine-game-practice-report-east-team-day-1/

While it was 80-degrees and beautiful outside, most of the action took place on Tropicana Field as the first practice for the 2020 Shrine Bowl got underway. The East took the field first for a crisp 60-minute pads practice which included some good performances.

James Morgan of Florida International was the most efficient and accurate quarterback of the first practice. His pass placement was impressive, as was the timing of his throws. He did not have receivers waiting for the ball, hit targets in stride, and moved the chains in full scrimmage. His ability to drive deep passes with any speed or power is a concern.

That wasn’t a concern for Princeton’s Kevin Davidson who showed great arm strength but really came up short with his accuracy. Many of his throws were all over the place.

South Carolina’s running back Tavien Feaster displayed surprising quickness for a bigger back, making defenders miss, running solid routes, and catching the ball well.

Several wide receivers stand out

As I mentioned on Twitter, Navy’s Malcolm Perry looked like a duck in water at the receiver position. He ran great routes, caught the ball exceptionally well, and displayed excellent traits in open-air drills as well as one-on-ones. I’m told Perry will also get action at running back as the week progresses. I have been informed that Perry is on the fence for receiving enough votes to get a combine invitation.

Berry College’s Mason Kinsey did much of the same and looked natural catching the ball. He lacks deep speed – or at least did not show the ability to be a vertical threat – which may be an issue come draft day.

The two Florida receivers, Freddie Swain and Josh Hammond, both looked solid.

I thought Aaron Parker of Rhode Island had an inconsistent day. His route running was choppy and slow, while he did a bit of double catching and bobbling throws. Parker is not expected to receive a combine invitation.

Offensive line observations

On the offensive line front, I was impressed with Buffalo’s Evin Ksiezarczyk. He’s a mammoth blocker who controls opponents once he gets his hands on them. Though I grade him as a right tackle, he did a solid job all day on the left side.

Michael Onwenu of Michigan is big, powerful and had moments of domination. There were also times when Onwenu was overextending into blocks and struggled to contain opponents. Onwenu will be going to the combine.

Offensive linemen Jake Benzinger of Wake Forest and Steve Gonzalez of Penn State also had their moments.

The defensive side of the ball

Missouri S&T defensive tackle Tershawn Wharton looked quick, explosive, and beat a lot of blockers all day. He’s also small, but I could see him as a potential three-technique tackle on Sundays.

I was super impressed with West Georgia’s Auzoyah Alufohia. He has terrific size, power, and was collapsing the pocket all day.

Michigan’s Mike Danna looks the part and showed a nice degree of athleticism. He had several nice plays during one-on-one drills and beat opponents throughout the day.

Myles Dorn was – well Myles Dorn. He is well-sized and explosive, but the North Carolina safety gave up a ton of underneath receptions and is very late reacting.

Oklahoma cornerback Parnell Motley struggled.

We rarely see Alabama players at the Shrine Game, but several are in attendance this year including safety Shyheim Carter who made a lot of nice plays throughout practice. He really stood out in the defensive backfield.

As I stated on Twitter, Rodney Clemons made several nice plays against the pass which compliments his run defending prowess.

Mike Maccagnan had a history of attending Shrine practices when he was general manager of the New York Jets. Joe Douglas is keeping up that tradition, as the “new” general manager was here today in St. Petersburg, Florida.

So long as he doesn’t continue the tradition of drafting sh*te players..

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Is there still a Blue/Grey game?  :)

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That's good JD is there looking at Oline prospects.. there's a lot of them (though i personally am not familiar with any besides Oregon OG Throckmorton)... and at least a couple of them will wind up on rosters on sundays.. 

Outside of that... pretty sparse. RB Benny Lemay is interesting. Mason Fine (QB) might be a back up in training... 

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8 minutes ago, TNJet said:

I hope the Jets 6 picks are: OT, C, OG, WR, RB, OT.

Myself, I would use all 7 of our Picks.  :) 

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2 minutes ago, flgreen said:

Myself, I would use all 7 of our Picks.  :) 

Thought we just had 6

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4 hours ago, TNJet said:

Thought we just had 6

Pretty sure we have 7:

1,2,3,3,4,5,6

7th rounder to Balitmore in Alex Lewis deal.

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40 minutes ago, Lith said:

Pretty sure we have 7:

1,2,3,3,4,5,6

7th rounder to Balitmore in Alex Lewis deal.

We have 8 picks. It's showing that we still have our 7th and JD even brought it up in his last presser.

Not sure how we didn't lose a pick for Lewis but that seems to be the case.

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BTW, what exactly is the NFLPA collegiate bowl?  Had an article on nfl.com about it.  Who gets invited to that thing?

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On 1/13/2020 at 4:39 PM, KRL said:

Douglas is on the scene:

 

Mike Maccagnan had a history of attending Shrine practices when he was general manager of the New York Jets. Joe Douglas is keeping up that tradition, as the “new” general manager was here today in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Yea, and where the hell did that get him. 

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On 1/14/2020 at 3:50 PM, Lith said:

 

Throckmorton kicking inside to Center is nice. He’s a decent tackle prospect but I thought he’d excel as a guard. Strong dude who didn’t look graceful getting lateral. If he rises I wouldn’t hate throwing a 3rd rounder at him.

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1 hour ago, kdels62 said:

Throckmorton kicking inside to Center is nice. He’s a decent tackle prospect but I thought he’d excel as a guard. Strong dude who didn’t look graceful getting lateral. If he rises I wouldn’t hate throwing a 3rd rounder at him.

Was just going to post the same thing, my ears perked up as soon as I saw that he was moved inside.

If I was an olineman and was did not have the strict OT build I'd be working hard at trying to show teams I could be  center even if I was a guard in college.  The value of that position is so much higher than it used to be.

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On 1/14/2020 at 7:40 AM, KRL said:

The fact is this – Shrine practices are crawling with Jets scouts and front office people. Besides Douglas, Phil Savage is on hand, and I counted almost a dozen Jet scouts today.

That should come as good news if you’re a fan of the green and white.

Not one guy and a cup of coffee?

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FWIW here is the list of players the Jets met with during the Shrine Bowl.

New York Jets

  • QB Tyler Huntley, Utah
  • QB James Morgan, FIU
  • RB Tony Jones Jr., Notre Dame
  • WR John Hightower, Boise State
  • TE Giovanni Ricci, Western Michigan
  • IOL Frederick Mauigoa, Washington State
  • IOL  Michael Onwenu, Michigan
  • LB Cameron Gill, Wagner

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2 hours ago, sec101row23 said:

FWIW here is the list of players the Jets met with during the Shrine Bowl.

New York Jets

  • QB Tyler Huntley, Utah
  • QB James Morgan, FIU
  • RB Tony Jones Jr., Notre Dame
  • WR John Hightower, Boise State
  • TE Giovanni Ricci, Western Michigan
  • IOL Frederick Mauigoa, Washington State
  • IOL  Michael Onwenu, Michigan
  • LB Cameron Gill, Wagner

Of the 3 you highlighted, only the Michigan guy seems like a possibility. Think we may look for a guy like that as a C. The Throckmorton guy from Oregon seems like that type of guy also.

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3 hours ago, section314 said:

Of the 3 you highlighted, only the Michigan guy seems like a possibility. Think we may look for a guy like that as a C. The Throckmorton guy from Oregon seems like that type of guy also.

I didn’t highlight those guys, they were highlighted in the article for some reason.  

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Both teams offenses look good so far.

My boy O'Donnell from the University of Alberta playing right tackle for the west does not look out of place.

East oline line has just pushed the west Dline around so far.

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On 1/14/2020 at 8:50 PM, Lith said:

Pretty sure we have 7:

1,2,3,3,4,5,6

7th rounder to Balitmore in Alex Lewis deal.

We don't have a 2nd rounder do we??

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1 minute ago, TNJet said:

We don't have a 2nd rounder do we??

Yes we do, we gave up our 2nd last year and two 2nds the year before in the QB trade up.

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Darryl Williams (C - Miss St), Mike Onwenu (G - Mich) and Jon
Runyan (G - Mich) have been beasts in the middle of the OLine
for the East

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WTF kind of name is that? Dan Smith? 


The pro edition from a few years back had a bunch of made up ones, with 2 Jets included: Leger Douzable and D’Brickashaw Ferguson, lol.
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On 1/18/2020 at 8:20 AM, sec101row23 said:

New York Jets

I never heard of him so I had to look him up.  It would have pained me if he was short with that name.  You will all be happy to know he is 6'3". 

What's less exciting is he's <180 lbs.  Very fast, but very thin.  

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