Former Mountaineers Complete First Weekend Of NFL Training Camp

Former Mountaineers Complete First Weekend Of NFL Training Camp

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  Bruce Irvin at Seahawks' camp. - Image via: KOMO4SportsFor the first time last week, football was in the air. You could almost feel it: that push towards the fall where we all crave the action on football fields across America on Saturdays and Sundays.

  Last week, rookies began to report to NFL training camps followed closely by the veterans. During that time, we previewed Mountaineers in NFL training camps. Today, we will give you some news and notes of what transpired over the weekend.

We’ll start out with a player who, thus far, has stolen the show at his camp:

 

Ellis Lankster

Through the first four days of Jets’ practices, Lankster has stood out above everyone else. He came into camp with a firm hold on the #4 corner spot. He seems to have moved up to #3 after being all over the field and making plays. He broke up several passes and nearly grabbed several more interceptions.

Darrelle Revis was out of Sunday’s practice with a hamstring injury, and Lankster filled in with the starters. His offseason trainer told us that Lankster is in the best shape of his life.

Bruce Irvin

Irvin has impressed onlookers at camp with his speed. We knew he would do that going in.

In a small twist, he lined up at linebacker in the opening practice. However, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that he would bookend Irvin with DE Chris Clemons on passing downs. According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Carroll plans to use Irvin as a speed-rusher during his rookie season more than the 49ers used Aldon Smith last season (506 plays).

Steve Slaton

“He’s bigger, stronger and looks like he is in great shape.”

That is the consensus from onlookers at Miami Dolphins’ camp about Steve Slaton. He worked out with former Mountaineer strength coach Mike Barwis over the summer, and the results look to have paid off. Going into camp, there was some question of where Slaton would fit on this roster with Reggie Bush as the starter and with Daniel Thomas coming off a nice rookie campaign.

Throughout the weekend, Slaton got reps with the first team offense and looks like he is in line to return kicks. He did limp off the field at the end of Saturday’s practice but practiced fully yesterday.

You probably won’t see Slaton move ahead of Thomas on the depth chart, but he should get a lot work in during the Preseason.

Keith Tandy

Tandy worked out with both the safeties and corners during the opening weekend of Bucs’ training camp. E.J. Biggers was slotted to be the 3rd corner for the Bucs, but broke a bone in his foot over the weekend. Tandy should pick up some his reps while he is out.

J.T. Thomas

After sitting out his rookie season on Injured Reserve with the Bears, Thomas looks to take the lessons he learned in the film room last year and apply them on the football field. He is playing with the second team linebackers and working with kick coverage. He was noted for delivering a big hit to rookie Brittan Golden.

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Corey McIntyre

Corey McIntyre touched the ball one time last season for the Bills. Once. The amount of time he saw the field diminished last season as the Bills’ went to more 4 wide-receiver sets.

In fact, McIntyre has touched the ball just 9 times in the past two seasons.

That could change for the former Mountaineer FB this season. The Bills look to incorporate McIntyre more into the passing game this season.

“We have asked [McIntyre] to catch more passes in this camp than I think he has in the last two camps combined,” Bills’ head coach Chan Gailey told reporters Sunday evening. “He has done a good job going outside and doing some different things. Yes, it is going to evolve a little bit more. But he has done a good job of accepting the challenge of doing some different things that he has not had to do in years past.”

McIntyre scored on a 65-yard pass play during day 3 of camp.

Brandon Hogan

Hogan came into camp with an eye on the #2 cornerback spot with the Carolina Panthers. After OTA’s and the first weekend of Panther’s practice, rookie Josh Norman has gotten most of the run with the first-team defense.

We will have more updates throughout Training Camp. You can also follow us on Twitter (@WVUPros) for more news.

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