By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole
North went first and as we continued to see, the Broncos and Texans run things differently. The North spent a good amount of time having the linebackers knock the ball out, while the defensive backs focused on stripping the ball and recovering them.
In addition, when the players did stretching, several coaches walked though watching, including Head Coach Vance Joseph. This shows the athletes that coaches care about this, but also lets them know who’s dogging and who’s not.
Some notes on players from the North: Miami’s Braxton Berrios didn’t have a good day while New Mexico State’s Jaleel Scott and especially Boise State’s Cedric Wilson had very good days. I don’t think Wilson dropped the entire practice.
Concerning quarterbacks, it was the Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield show, both were better than yesterday; however, since little is expected from Allen, he showed the biggest step up. People expect Mayfield to be amazing, so there’s not any room for him to show improvement. I did speak off the record with two former players, now in the media and they thought Allen looked impressive and were glad he stepped it up.
As the QBs knocked all the rust off, the tight ends did, too. Wisconsin’s Troy Fumagalli had a great day and said he was able to “knock the rust off and get his feet going”, he caught equally well from all four QBs whom he called, “great”. When asked what he wanted to accomplish on Saturday, he said, “win”.
Penn State’s Mike Gesicki started rough, but improved as he got more reps. Notre Dame’s Dunham Smythe showed some great hands all practice and I’d say did best after Fumagalli.
Hawaii’s Trayvon Henderson and Weber State’s Taron Johnson both had interceptions; however, Johnson caused his. After two really good back to back plays, Joe Woods and then two DB coaches gave him extra instruction. Dubuque’s Michael Joseph made a sick interception.
Michigan’s Mike McCray was disruptive during the scrimmage time.
Texas-El Paso Will Hernandez is the pied piper around here, so I asked him who’s interviewed him. He said they did all did.
— Julie Dixon (@ABroncoNole) January 25, 2018
North Carolina State’s B.J. Hill was facing off against linebackers and it was fun to see the big man taking them on.
Friday the North will have a walk through and spend time with South coaches, so they’ll get time with the Texan staff, too.
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