August 19, 2006
Friday Practice Report: Offense
While the last day of Fall Camp was intense, the coaches also allowed the players to have some fun with the playbook. Here are some things that stood out on offense on the last day of camp.The biggest news for the offense was the return of Terrell Reese. Reese had a fantastic catch in the front corner of the end zone, as he got one foot inbounds to complete the catch. Reese made sure to go out with a bang on Friday night and although he has been inconsistent, he has surely shown an ability to be a very good receiver in the future.
The offense dominated the defense throughout the night, which is obviously a very good sign. Willie Tuitama was sharp and looked very good throwing fade routes in redzone situations. He was finding receivers all night and seems to have really built a nice connection with Syndric Steptoe, Mike Thomas and Anthony Johnson.
Another player that had a good day catching the ball was Earl Mitchell. While we have seen Mitchell excel at run and pass blocking, the coaches have seemingly been using him a considerable amount as an offensive option. If Mitchell is able to consistently catch the ball, it would open up a whole new dimension in the Arizona offense.
The offensive line may not have been perfect on Friday night, but the linemen did play some of their best football in a while. The coaches were practicing blitzes and the offensive line held their own. It was a definite test of their ability, as they will be hard pressed to see a better blitzing defense than the one they saw across the line from them on Friday night.
As stated earlier, the receivers had a very good night. However, Steptoe in particular really stood out. The coaches let the offense have some fun towards the end of practice and Steptoe had a nice catch on a trick play. The offense was very vocal throughout the night, as they knew that they were playing their best football of the camp so far.
There really was not a single running back that stood out above the others, but Chris Henry, Xavier Smith, and Chris Jennings all looked consistent.
Smith had a nice carry around the right side of the offensive line and was able to get to the outside rather easily. Later in the night, he had a carry where he went up the middle and was barely touched. The offensive line was doing a very good opening up holes for each of the running backs.