I mentioned yesterday that I sat in on ST coach Bobby April’s and DB coach Todd Bowles’ media sessions. We learned of April’s fondness for Cowboys punter Mat McBriar in that session. No such news-worthy nuggets from Todd’s session, but here are the bullet points.
- FS and SS are interchangeable… kind of. “(Opposing offenses) are going to motion and shift you where the FS has to play SS and the SS has to play FS, so they have to know each other’s jobs… but going in you want to make the SS the SS and the FS the FS, depending on their skill sets.” My take here: What I believe he is saying is that he wants his FS to have certain skills, and he wants his SS to have certain skills. Nate Allen is the only lock as a starting safety, and he’ll play FS, leaving the SS somewhat open. OJ Atogwe also fits the mold of a FS, which should benefit Kurt Coleman’s chances of locking down the SS job.
- The more height the better for the corners. Bowles noted Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall and guys that can win jump balls in the red zone. If you have big corners, at least it gives you a chance.
- He didn’t know much about Asante Samuel. Didn’t know him personally, never saw him in the building, never met him.
- In OTAs, CBs weren’t allowed to press, so Bowles only got to see DRC play off coverage. Thought his footwork was great. When asked about DRC’s ability to play the slot vs. his ability to play on the outside, he noted that teams are going to make you play the slot whether you want to or not.
- Two INTs for Cliff Harris yesterday got the attention of some of the beat guys. Bowles was quick to note that “It’s not just the flash plays; you have to do the little things right. That’s from Cliff to Nnamdi, you have to do the little things right.” Also on Cliff Harris: “He missed some (physical) reps (in OTAs), but he didn’t miss any mental reps… very instinctive kid.”
- Thinks Brandon Boykin and Joselio Hanson will push each other for the slot CB job.
- Said Nnamdi Asomugha and Kurt Coleman are the vocal guys in the secondary.