Since the Opening Ceremonies are kicking off just about now...I dedicate today to the PANDA!
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This blogging thing is new to me but I'm looking forward to sharing my rookie experiences with all of you and hearing what you have to say. I just moved from playing college ball at Cal (go Bears!) to playing for the Tennessee Titans, and even though I'm going to miss my college days, I'm proud to be a part of this team. I'm sure I'll have plenty of stories to tell you guys as we go through my first season. I'll be back soon, but until then be sure to leave me some comment love!
The primary storyline to Thursday’s practice was quarterback Kevin Riley being given the opportunity to work exclusively with the first team. Working on the hurry-up offense with full squads, Riley’s first pass was a 30-yard completion to Michael Calvin on a wheel pattern down the left sideline.
The sophomore signal-caller had his ups and downs during Thursday’s workout. His nicest pass of the afternoon came on a rollout to his right when he hit Nyan Boateng cutting across the middle about 40 yards down field. Boateng caught the ball in stride and went into the end zone untouched. Riley’s day also included a handful of misreads and a few overthrows.
Asked for a quick assessment of Riley’s day with the first team, coach Jeff Tedford seemed encouraged, but not overly so.
"It’s practice, and we’ll watch the tape," Tedford said. "Every day is a learning process for everybody. (Riley) did some good things and some not-so-good things."
Longshore had a relatively strong day with the second team offense. He had a copule of 60-plus yard touchdown passes. He hit tight end Tad Smith over the middle for a score. And he connected with wideout Sean Young on a fly pattern down the right sideline. Young beat freshman cornerback Michael Anthony on the play. However, Anthony redeemed himself later in practice when he picked up the only interception of the evening. He jumped the route on a Beau Sweeney pass and returned it 25 yards into the end zone.
Riley does not get the praise fans desire and Tedford lets Longshore off the hook for a practce TD return? Clearly this is a sign of conspiracy and the occult. Or maybe Brock Mansion is working his magic.
Still issues about who will fill up the linebacking roster spot in the new 3-4 defense, with Felder Follett and Williams all secure at their positions, Desmond's little brother is vying for the spot. Dito nosetackle:
Senior Mika Kane and sophomore Derrick Hill are considered the favorites to man the middle of the defensive line, although Gregory singled out true freshman Kendrick Payne as someone who has stood out during the early stages of camp. Payne graduated early from Klein Forest High School in Houston and went through spring practice with the Bears.
I'll add more later, but it's 5 in the morning and I've decided sleep is a better option. Season's closer than ever, but it's still a dead week filled with nonstories. But plenty of pandas! Hail MAO and the glorious red Book! It is China's time to show how great their bears are.