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Mini Camp Gets Underway

The first week of a three week mini camp took place as the players worked on developing chemistry on defense and polishing up the plays on offense. Here is our take on all the issues from the week:

Minicamp got underway with four days of workouts last week. The team will continue the camp by working out Monday - Thursday the next two weeks. Coach Williams said the offense has a chance of being more explosive than last year because it will be the second year of a new system and the playbook will be the same. The team will use the same terminology from last year and they are already working on doing a better job with the plays than they did last year. Our Take: The coach may be a bit unrealistic if he thinks this offense could be more explosive than last year's group without Peerless Price, Larry Centers, and Jay Riemersma. Of course, it shouldn't have to be more explosive than last year.

The coach feels the three week camp will develop better continuity and chemistry. He was very excited that the team had 100% attendance in the off season workout program with the exception of players that went home because they were having babies born in their family. On defense the coach feels the team is much faster than they have been the last two years. Our Take: The chemistry building is extremely important on the defensive side of the ball since there are many new players starting on defense.

Drew Bledsoe says that there is definitely a shift in offensive philosophy towards a power running game. He said he has no problem throwing the ball only 20 times a game if it is effective and they win. He said the pressure will be on Eric Moulds since he will see more double teams now that Price is gone. Our Take: Bledsoe said all the right things but his comments contradict the coach's comments. We wonder if Bledsoe will be genuinely ok with a power running game as the focus of the offense.

Mike Williams was the only player missing when camp opened. He was excused Tuesday for personal reasons but arrived on Wednesday. Willis McGahee and Jason Bostic were there but did not practice as they rehab their knee injuries. McGahee did catch balls from the JUGS machine. Our Take: It's good to see everyone on the field again.

Ken Simonton continues his quest for the NFL Europe MVP award. He ran for 56 yards, caught five passes for 83 yards, and added 59 yards returning punts in Scotland's 45-7 victory on Saturday. Simonton also scored a touchdown. Our Take: His return ability and quickness may help land a spot on the roster if he isn't too tired in training camp.

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