Coach ZIMMER ended practice about 20 minutes early today. He did so most likely because the Vikings got in all their work, but this was an odd get together.
It's impossible charting this defense in terms of first-, second- and third-team personnel. Zimmer and DC GEORGE EDWARDS use so many players in so many different spots it's tough to get a read on the depth chart. Shoot, there were times seventh-round CB JABARI PRICE ran with the first-team defense and WR JARIUS WRIGHT ran routes with the third-team offense.
TEDDY and CASSEL seemed to split the top-team reps again today, and there is no clarity on the QB spot. I still feel it's Matt's to lose, but Teddy had some good moments today. He was a little more inaccurate than I have seen in the past. Matt won today's race by a length or so.
A person whose opinion matters to me told me post practice he was disappointed with the offense's intensity this practice, and the defense definitely took advantage and looked very good at times. The middle pressure in the blitz period was terrific, and second-year LB GERALD HODGES had some splashy moments.
New DT LINVAL JOSEPH was dominating today. He looked great Monday night in goal-line situations and seems to be figuring it out in a hurry. He absolutely is the best "nose" we have had around here since PAT WILLIAMS and will be a force this season.
The buzz kill of the day was learning S ROBERT BLANTON has a swoon over his hammy and cannot practice. Damn, Robert was set to start and was looking great walking up to the season. He's the best FS on the team, and now MISTRAL RAYMOND and maybe KURT COLEMAN will have to jump up and solidify that spot.
Still waiting for prized CB XAVIER RHODES to shine. It's not like he's awful, but he gives up too many completions in front of him and dropped a cinch interception today.
The #ConstructionOfTheDream very much is a work in progress, and I cannot wait for the first preseason game a week from Friday at The College Stadium.