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Monday, August 9, 2010
Day 9 night recap

By Ohm Youngmisuk




The evening practice was animated and there was a lot of jawing going on toward the end between the offense and defense. Here are some highlights from the Day 9 night session:

The defense unleashed more of its four defensive end front and we may have a name for it –- "NASCAR." Guess that is because of the speed they have up front with DE Justin Tuck, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DE Mathias Kiwanuka and DE Osi Umenyiora.

Now they showed some multiple looks this evening, with Umenyiora back at linebacker and a couple of the defensive ends dropping back into coverage from the front while the linebackers blitzed in.

S Antrel Rolle will move up and the defensive ends and linebackers are all standing up and moving around to create some confusion on the offensive end.

For the record, we like this wrinkle a lot.

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The "Big Base" package got a lot of action as well. You remember this, the one with Kiwanuka standing up at strongside linebacker with a front of Tuck, DT Barry Cofield, DT Rocky Bernard and DT Chris Canty. Canty plays right defensive end and Kiwanuka rushes in a package built to stop the run.

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For those keeping score at home, RB Brandon Jacobs took the first carry tonight in the night session. No word on whether his "Free Plaxico" movement is gaining strength yet. Being that the author of this blog went to Michigan State, I support the movement.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw continued to show good burst on runs. Jacobs looks fast and lean.

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WR Ramses Barden had one of his best practices of camp. He turned in his finest catch of camp when he leaped for a one-handed grab over CB Aaron Ross and then held onto the ball while falling over Ross near the left sideline. DE Dave Tollefson likely would have had a sack on the play though.

Later on he had a nice catch over the middle in stride and one in the red zone drills in the end zone.

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Ross would redeem himself when he had a nice interception on the sideline. Ross bobbled the ball before securing it and tip-toeing the sideline to get both feet in bound.

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WR Nyan Boateng flattened CB Courtney Brown on a blindside block toward the end of a non-contact play. Brown took exception and had to be separated.

The defense and offense standing on the sideline began jawing and Jacobs and S Deon Grant began shouting at one another. Umenyiora quickly stood in front of Grant and calmed him down.

Umenyiora, by the way, had a nice bull rush on T William Beatty.

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CB Corey Webster didn’t finish the practice as he was seen gingerly walking off the field to the sideline for the last few plays. Webster seemed to be OK and stretched out afterward.

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P Matt Dodge boomed some over 50-yard punts and had a good practice. K Lawrence Tynes went 6-for-8 but his two misses came back to back from 30 and 33 yards out.

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WR Steve Smith (groin), WR Sinorice Moss (groin), TE Travis Beckum (hamstring), TE Kevin Boss (hamstring/ankle), G Rich Seubert (hand), G Kevin Boothe (pectoral), S Kenny Phillips (knee) all did not practice in the night session.