First, a disclaimer: In the offseason — where hitting is banned and helmets aren’t on half the time — on-field work is suited for certain groups to stand out. Usually offense has the edge overall, since there is no tackling even in minicamp and no one needs to be afraid of getting leveled coming over the middle. So that immediately emphasizes the wide receivers. Sometimes, summer goodness translates to the season (Steve Breaston). Sometimes, not so much (Steve Williams).
That said, and knowing they’ve only been on the field a few days, the Cardinals are happy with what they’ve seen from drafted wideouts John Brown and Walter Powell. They should be, from what I have watched. Brown especially looks every bit of the 4.34 40 guy, and more importantly, he looks confident in what he is doing. He shown good hands — snaring one Logan Thomas laser I happened to notice — along with his quickness and explosion. Powell too has shown similar things. Again, when you are talking about players from Pittsburg State and Murray State, you don’t want them overwhelmed by the stage.
Now, there is a long way to go. The real stage comes later — in training camp, in preseason games, and then in games that count. There are plenty of potential pitfalls. The scene will even change next week, when helmets go on and the defense is introduced to the passing drills. Each step will be important.
Brown is a kid you want to root for, given his backstory. But succeeding in the NFL isn’t about the what you’ve done to get this point but what happens now that you are here. The start, however, provides hope.
Tags: John Brown, Steve Breaston, Walter Powell
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