Buckeye News Around the net Wrap up on NFL Preseason Week
Orlando Pace, Donnie Nickey, Antonio Pittman, Larry
Grant, Drew Carter, and Michael Redd.
By Bill Smith
Preseason NFL Report
Pace T ST has been off the field since game 1 of the 07 season and it
showed. He was very rusty in the first
series playing against a pro bowl quality DE Kyle Vanden Bosch. Pace gave up a sack and had other 3 bad pass
plays allowing VB to put pressure on his QB.
In the second possession he got his feet underneath him and played much
better. Overall he scored 1 point in a
quarter of play which is still an F grade.
Nickey S TN did not help his cause at all in the Titan's first preseason
game against the Rams. Nickey played the
second half and struggled. He took bad
angles to plays and missed 2 tackles one of which came on a touchdown run by
fellow ex-Buckeye Antonio Pittman. He
ended up with -3 scouting points which is an F grade.
Pittman RB ST had an excellent game.
He showed power and the ability to gain yardage after contact. He also showed he can catch the ball. His speed got him around the corner on a 4
yard TD run where he beat Nickey. He is
not aware enough of the blitz in protecting his QB and allowed a sack by a
cornerback. He also missed a block on
another pass rusher. Overall however, he
scored 9 points in a little more than a quarter of play which yields a grade of
Richardson DE Ok did alright against SF in the annual battle of the
Bay. He started and played the first
quarter. He had a QB pressure and caused
a holding penalty on a second pass rush that was not called but should have
been. In addition he held up well on
runs to his side. Grade A
same game Larry Grant LB SF helped his cause with good play. On a run to his side, he missed the tackle
but did well on 2 other runs at him including throwing away a blocker and
making a key tackle. He did fine on a couple
of pass coverage assignments as well.
With 7 points in a half of play he earned a B Grade.
Carter was slightly injured on the opening play of the SF/OK game and did
not return. He is listed as day to day.
Redd is getting only 13 minutes per game (after 2 games) but has 3 of the
12 3 point goals on the team. He is
averaging 5.5 points per game and has contributed 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Bill Smith is a
former coach of several semi-pro teams and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for http://BrutusReport.com. He has
also published several novels on http://ebooks-library.com/index.cfm and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com