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Sideline View: DJ, Shep hook up for TD; more notes


This will be a short Sideline View today because the majority of practice was forced inside due to lightning in the area. It started pouring rain shortly after the team went into the indoor practice facility, where we do not have access to watch practice. They emerged for the final portion of practice in twilight to finish their work on a wet field, but also much cooler temperatures and less humidity.

Joe Judge mentioned after practice that lightning is the only thing that will force practice inside, which means they plan on practicing through rain and snow during the year.

* The team ran a new drill today that I haven't seen before called "circle chase". An offensive player catches a ball and runs in an arc around cones. One defensive player is set up in his path, while another is in chase position. The defender chasing is charged with trying to swipe down and knock away the ball, forcing a fumble.

* Dion Lewis looked like he found a big hole during kick return drills, and took advantage with a big gain. Lewis has shown good burst throughout camp.

* Shortly after the players came back outside for team drills, BJ Hill caught a pass cleanly for an interception and returned the other way for a potential touchdown.

* A few plays later, Darnay Holmes was in coverage, and it looked like he got his hand on the ball, which made it difficult for the receiver to secure the catch when it hit his hands. It fell incomplete. Holmes' ability to locate the ball in the air and makes plays on it has been consistent throughout training camp.

* Barkley made another ridiculous move during team drills. He took a run designed to go up the middle and cut on a dime to get outside where the defense failed to contain the edge. He is capable of making a big play any time he touches the ball.

* On the next play, Markus Golden was very vocal with his teammates on defense, urging them to stay focused and turn up their intensity. Golden was impressive for the rest of the session, getting home for a sack and forcing pressure on a couple of other passing plays.

* Sterling Shepard finished the team drill catching a pass from Daniel Jones in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Shepard was not shy about letting everyone know he was happy about catching the pass to give the offense a victory on that drive.

* On the next drive, Colt McCoy would have been sacked by Kyler Fackrell, halting the play before an Evan Engram completion. A few plays later, Cooper Rush hit Corey Coleman down the sideline for a touchdown to cap the drive.

View the best images from Tuesday's training camp practice.


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