What to Look for at Training Camp
July 18, 2010 ~ by Lori Nickel
~One of the most anticipated times in the National Football League season is quickly approaching:
Putting on the pads and going to work at training camp.
But what exactly do the expert evaluators look for among the flying elbows in the clouds of dust?
The Green Bay Packers will open their practices to the public once again starting July 31, and droves of fans will come and snap pictures and wait in long lines for autographs.
But some will want to observe the craft to formulate their own opinions about who is a sleeper and who is a bust on coach Mike McCarthy’s bloated roster.
That can be difficult, tracking nearly 100 players running in nine different directions at the commands of dozens of coaches.
So here is a guide to observing and analyzing various positions at practice, at the suggestion of the men who know the NFL the best: coaches, players and one particularly razor sharp former player, radio analyst Larry McCarren.
McCarren, who was Green Bay’s center for 12 years, sees every practice for its duration. Radio listeners know well that he provides instant insight during games, making calls before the TV replay is shown.
McCarren spent nearly two hours of a recent summer minicamp providing tips on what to look for when studying the various positions in football.
First, some general advice.
Watch from the stands rather than on the sideline. It is a better viewpoint (especially if you’re watching the running backs). Full story here