Certain players carry themselves differently than everyone else. The Seattle Seahawks’ Shaquem Griffin is one of those special few
“Shaquem looked very aggressive,” head coach Pete Carroll said after the rookie’s first practice, per Aron Yohannes of the Seahawks’ official site. “He was trying to run through [everything], we had to slow him down in some stuff early in the practice. In the walkthrus, he was going too hard so we had to chill him out a little bit. But he’s very excited about being here and he’s a very, very good looking prospect.”
It’s far easier to rein a player in than trying to get the most out of someone with lackadaisical effort.
Griffin’s performance during his first minicamp shouldn’t come as a surprise. His combination of raw athleticism (4.38-second 40-yard dash), nonstop motor and advanced understanding of Seattle’s system plays to his advantage. custom nfl jerseys cheap
“He’s big and fast and had a good feel for what was going on,” Carroll added. “Obviously, Shaq [Shaquill] had done a little bit of tutoring, he was ahead of us a little bit with his learning, which was good.”
Griffin is more than a good story; he’s a great player.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose a pair of cornerbacks in the second round to improve upon last year’s 32nd-ranked pass defense.
M.J. Stewart came off the board first, but Carlton Davis drew rave reviews during minicamp.
“After we looked at the tape last night,customized nfl jerseys cheap Carlton probably had one of the best days on defense of anybody out there yesterday,” head coach Dirk Koetter said AL.com’s Mark Inabinett. “We already knew he was a custom nfl jerseys good player in press coverage, but we wanted to see him play some off coverage as well, and he did a really good job. His form tackling—for football on air—was good, and we were fired up about the way he played yesterday.”nfl custom jerseys cheap
Koetter touched on why Davis’ initial performance was special. The 6’1″, 206-pound defensive back with 32 ¾-inch arms wins by mauling wide receivers. His size, length and physicality tend to overwhelm opponents with a level of aggressiveness that defines his skill set.
The ability to excel in off-coverage creates opportunities for defensive coordinator Mike Smith to vary his coverages. Davis is an ideal outside corner, for example, if the coaching staff decides to use Vernon Hargreaves more to cover the slot.customized nfl jerseys