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At the last minute I was able to get off work and take in the final open practice.  I had to park a fair distance away, so I missed the opening.  There were much fewer folks than in the opening practice, so I was able to move around a bit.  It looked like they were working running plays and checking out the younger receivers.  Crompton got picked several times and didn't look sharp.  Malcom Floyd got wide open on a streak early, that was pretty much his only play.  I'm not sure if it will help on the field, but the Defensive line definitely looks like a tight knit group to me.

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I think Garay must have missed lunch though.

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This was a tough over the shoulder catch by Ajirotutu; he looked fluid and capable throughout practice.  He has a nice height and check out the separation he got here.

 

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Williams also looked comfortable and smooth in the practice.  He did end up dropping what should have been a TD catch later though.

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This was a deep pass to Mathews who makes a good attempt here, but Lang goes stride for stride and blocks it away at the last second.  Lang is 6'3 and 266, this is some damn fine coverage out of a linebacker.

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Cason played lights out the whole practice, this is Goodman dropping a pass that Cason got a hand in on.  I felt bad for Goodman, he had dropped an easy one earlier too, with Williams and Ajirotutu playing so well I'm not sure he makes it.  He did have a nifty punt return later, so maybe he can turn it on in the preseason games.

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Here is one of Cason's two picks, you can see I'm thinking Banks is getting this; this was an athletic play.

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I always like a shot of a lineman pointing out who to block.

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Coop!  Methinks you have just a bit o' jersey here!

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There was something about the posture of Gates and Rivers here that I liked; you can feel that this is their team now.

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Norv, Rivera and Gates here.

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Mathews was the first guy over to sign autographs and the last guy to leave, very cool.  He needs to loosen up a bit though, he doesn't talk or interact at all.

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I'm not sure what was going on, but Garay and Nwagbou had a little discussion after practice, I think with Tolbert.  Johnson was hovering over him for a bit too.  Cesaire is coming up in the background to make sure it doesn't get out of hand.

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Cam Thomas was great signing autographs and talking and laughing with the fans.  They seemed to designate the new guys to go out, I was a bit surprised none of the Grognards came out at all.  Now we just have to wait it out until the tape delayed game against DaBears is on Saturday night.