Day two of practice for East-West Shrine Game got underway with the East squad kicking things off on Tuesday morning. The running backs were a little more involved today, and several different receivers stepped to the forefront.
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Davidson and Killins Jr. lead East’s offense with strong performances
While James Morgan had another solid outing, the top quarterback of the morning was Kevin Davidson of Princeton. I mentioned his arm strength several times yesterday, and today he put it to good use, getting the ball through the tight windows with ease and driving long throws.
Davidson seems to be getting frustrated, though, as no receiver has the speed to run down his deep balls and he’s powering passes a bit too much. That being the case, you can see the underlying skills are available to develop Davidson into a next-level quarterback.
Running back Adrian Killins Jr. had a terrific practice. His combination of quickness, footwork, and burst of speed make him tough to catch. He made defenders miss all day, showed a great burst through holes and on one run, was lighting quick beating defenders around the corner. It baffles me that Killins won’t be invited to the combine.
Wide receiver Mason Kinsey of Berry had another strong day, and as mentioned on twitter, had cornerback Lavert Hill tackling him in the open field as the Michigan corner was unable to stay with the receiver out of routes.
Receivers Josh Hammond of Florida and Isaiah Wright of Temple also looked good. Hammond has a terrific burst off the line and shows decent speed. He made a few deep receptions during one-on-one drills. Wright doesn’t possess that speed but gets vertical and competes for the grab. He made a few nice receptions in mid-air today, showing both balance and body control in his game.
Murphy and Runyan with strong practices in the trenches
Kyle Murphy of Rhode Island won the day on the offensive line. He blocks with great fundamentals, pad level, and vision. On several occasions, he picked up blitzes and displayed ability on the second level. While he must get stronger, Murphy’s technique is so good he out-positions opponents from the action. Murphy will be attending the combine.
I was impressed with Jon Runyan on a number of occasions today. The former Michigan tackle has lined up at guard the past two days and looks like a natural at the position.
Jack Driscoll of Auburn also turned heads with solid play at tackle.
McTelvin Agim the performer of the day on defense
Agim displayed his patented quickness and first step off the snap. He also showed great hand technique and a good amount of mobility. The potential three-technique prospect will be in Indianapolis for the combine.
Cam Gill of Wagner has struggled when used as a 3-4 outside linebacker but really picked up the pace when allowed to play in space in a traditional 4-3 alignment. He flows well to the action, plays with great knee bend, and doesn’t get washed from the action by blocks.
Rodney Clemons also had another solid day while Nevelle Clarke was applauded several times for shutting down opposing receivers at cornerback.
The East team will get back on the practice field tomorrow at 9:20 am ET. And you can follow all of the action in our live updates on Pro Football Network.