"We haven't spoon-fed it," coach Jim Schwartz said. "It's been throw it all at him right away. We've used him as a wide receiver. We've used him in the slot. We've used him as a running back. We've ran the ball, thrown the ball. He's been exposed to everything. He's a good, smart player. That's why we drafted him."
He sure can. In minicamp, the first-round pick from California made some of those YouTube-worthy highlight plays that made Schwartz drool on his keyboard before the draft. On one play, Best took a pitch in the backfield, moved toward the left sideline and then zipped past defensive ends, linebackers and defensive backs with ease.
Part of the reason for Best's success in minicamp was due to learning how to practice, even though he has yet to absorb his first NFL hit in pads.
"The first thing with him was conditioning," Schwartz said. "As well as he worked at the combine and as fast as he is and everything else, just like most of the other rookies we talked about this, they think they're in good shape. But then they show up here and they realize that they're not.
After the jump Randle earns a spot on the highlight reel from today's Orlando-Oklahoma City game, Joe Starkey earns a prestigious award, and discover where Geoff McArthur's been hiding!
- Shane Vereen was among the six who barely missed the cut in Ted Miller's top-30.
- The NFL has given Joe Starkey the Chris Shenkel Award which recognizes a broadcaster with a long, distinguished career at a single university.
Wondering where Geoff McArthur is? According to TheAdvisingBear of the Bear Insider, he's earning his graduate degree in Missouri, getting his masters in Education.
- CalBears.com wraps up Randle's first two days in the Summer League. After two consecutive days of playing 20+ minutes, Randle was given the day off yesterday. Today he came off the bench and posted a dismal 1-8 shooting (but he did hit his first 3!) in Orlando's fourth consecutive loss.
He finally made it on the highlight reel with this nice pass:
- Cal soccer coach Kevin Grimes gave some thoughts on the World Cup finalists. His stands by his weeks-old prediction that the Dutch will win the finale.