-Ahtyba Rubin and Evan Moore both returned to practice after missing camp until today with undisclosed injuries. Moore was happy to return as he enters a crowded room at the tight end position.
For Rubin Coach Shurmur wants more from the tackle “I think it’s very important for him to have another great year. I felt like he established himself as one of the guys we want around here for a long time.
I don’t see any reason why he won’t, and we’re counting on that. That way, until Phil (Taylor) gets back, see what we have with other players. My guess is we’ll be pleasantly surprised the guys that are going to play in there.”
-With the rules of the league both Moore and Rubin will have to go through 3 practices doing individual work until they will be able to do team drills.
-The list of players who sat out today is Frostee Rucker, Brian Schaefering, Carlton Mitchell, and Phil Taylor.
-Trent Richardson was dressed and participated in the first few sessions of practice but sat out the majority of practice as he was dealing with a headache. The coaching staff didn’t seem too worried.
-Jabaal Sheard enters his 2nd season expected to better his 8.5 sack rookie season. Coach Shurmur was asked what Sheard must do to become better against the run, “I think for Jabaal to be able to be on the left side, and start camp and just play the same spot all the time, I think his total game is going to improve.
I think he’s got to understand obviously this game, and where he fits in his gaps and situations where it’s going to be a run. Then of course he’s got great skill and ability as a pass rusher. Although we might all think that’s pretty natural, that needs work as well.”
- The news of the team sale becoming complete came about the same time that Shurmur stepped up to the podium to talk about his team’s Thursday workout. Once he was informed of the news this was his reaction,
“I have no fear. I have no fear about any of that because I trust my coaches, I trust the players and I’ve watched the work they’ve done based on the conversation of this last week. I’ve watched the work that they’re doing and I have no fear. I think we’re moving full steam ahead.
That doesn’t bother me one bit at this point at this point. My concern is getting this team ready to play and our players understand that message and they are doing a good job.”
-During the teams walk thru in the late afternoon Richardson was back on the field and Mike Holmgren was back watching practice after he wasn’t during the morning session.