Six Balls With Just Two HandsAugust 6th, 2010
Rookie Arrelious Benn was among the many Bucs receivers looking good today. Benn was on the practice field making diving catches, strong cuts and just looking like a manbeast who seems yearning to run somebody over.
Again, it’s hard for Joe to go all wild about Benn or any of the receivers catching the ball. It’s PRACTICE.
Maybe Joe’s just numb from the blocking icon looking good during every training camp — and today — and then tanking in the regular season.
As long as a guy’s not dropping it, like tight end Ryan Purvis, or looking like he’s lost a little something, like Sammie Strougher, Joe just thinks catching the ball — in practice — is the minimum standard.
However, Joe will write more about the receiving depth chart later.
Benn also fielded punts today with Stroughter, Micheal Spurlock, and Preston Parker. Clifton Smith was out resting his tweaked hamstring.
At the close of the punt-catching drill, each player was challenged to catch punt after punt and not put down any of the balls caught. So the goal was to catch a punt, then catch the next one, then (still holding two balls) catch a third punt, and so on.
This was fun stuff, and Rich Bissaccia was enjoying the competition.
First, Parker caught four. Not bad.
Then Stroughter caught five to wow the crowd before missing on No. 6 with a couple of balls between his legs and three in his arms.
Benn then stepped up and seemed clueless, catching just two.
Spurlock let the rookie walk away in shame and proceeded to grab six!
Nobody improved on their next try, except for Benn, who seemed to learn the ropes in a hurry. Benn also grabbed six in his final try to tie Spurlock.
Joe was impressed, as Joe has trouble holding three beers at once.