It’s Media Day at the Reese’s Senior Bowl

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

After 2 days of formal NFL club interviews, and an introductory press conference by executive director Jim Nagy, day 3 of the Reese’s Senior Bowl brought Media Day. This was followed by this morning’s official National Scouting weight-in.

This day has to be the most productive for all media members. It’s a day that gives you a chance to ask players questions, much like a meet and greet experience. It’s great exposure for players that are expected to take their talents to the next level.

It’s one of many great things the executive director does very well; making players available to the media. In turn, it gives that player a chance to tell what they are expecting and what they want to show coaches and scouts. As we all know, the more exposure for a player, the better.

Following player interviews, it was time to head over to Ladd-Peebles Stadium where both the North and South teams were scheduled for their first practices. Teams were given 90 minutes to practice today. With the South team due up first, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and his coaching staff took the field, with all eyes on projected first-round quarterback, Justin Herbert.

I had a chance to speak with Justin early in the day, and I asked him what he thought he could take away from this experience. He told me he was honored to be here. [He] thought a great deal of Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and just wanted to learn as much as he could in the short time he was here. He also added that he was taking everything in as he continued his progress toward the 2020 NFL draft.

Another quarterback on the South’s roster is Jalen Hurts, who transferred to Oklahoma following the emergence of Tua Tagovailoa at Alabama. I asked Jalen what it was like being back on Alabama soil. He said it felt good. He said he would always appreciate his time at Alabama.

As the South team exited the field, the North team made their way on. Another quarterback that wants to prove himself here in Mobile is Jordan Love from Utah State. When I spoke to Jordan, I asked him what it meant to be in Mobile. He said it was a great opportunity for him to show teams his abilities, and feels like he could be a winner at the next level.

As a follow-up, I asked him what’s the one thing he wants to improve on. Without hesitation, he replied, “decision making”. He wants to make his reads quicker and get the ball out as fast as possible. The next few days are crucial for Love. He has a great opportunity in front of him.

The players also were measured today, and below are the highlights.

The next two days of practice should show a bit more continuity for the players, as both teams are getting more comfortable with each other.

 

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