Here are five takeaways from Saturday’s training camp practice at Jack Hammett Sports Complex:
Teamer stands out in Cardinals game – After’s Saturday’s practice, head coach Anthony Lynn singled out the performances of three players in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Cardinals: defensive tackle Justin Jones, running back Justin Jackson and rookie safety Roderic Teamer on special teams.
“There were other guys, but those three in particular stood out to me,” Lynn said.
Teamer, an undrafted free agent from Tulane, caught the attention of coaches and teammates during organized team activities and minicamp. His play during May and June has transferred seamlessly to training camp.
“The ball just seems to find this guy,” Lynn said. “Over the offseason, I think he had five or six interceptions. He’s shown a physical presence in practice and in the games, which is really good.”
Teamer played a team-high 44 defensive snaps on Thursday. He also added 11 snaps on special teams, tied for the team high.
Stick talks NFL debut – Rookie quarterback Easton Stick said Thursday’s performance included “a lot of good, some bad, and things you can learn from.”
In about a quarter and a half’s worth of work, Stick finished 7-of-11 for 78 yards. He also added two carries for 51 yards, including a dazzling 31-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Lynn’s said he was impressed with the way Stick bounced back after throwing an interception on his second series under center. Arizona’s Tyler Sigler returned the ball 52 yards, but it was Stick who forced him out of bounds.
“He blew it off, came right back,” Lynn said. “It didn’t phase him. He wasn’t afraid to pull the trigger. That says a lot about a quarterback.”
Lynn added that he liked the rookie's patience in the pocket. While he’s a passer first, Lynn said Stick has the ability to create with his legs. Stick and Tyrod Taylor, who started in place of Philip Rivers Thursday, combined for 85 rushing yards. The Cardinals had 83 rushing yards as a team.
“It was a fun experience to get out there and run around and play,” Stick said. “It’s good to have that experience under your belt, and then now moving forward and learning from it.”
Experience in the QBs room a plus for Stick – Before entering the Thursday’s game in the third quarter, Stick had an opportunity to watch Taylor orchestrate two long first-half drives.
The North Dakota State rookie has the luxury of sharing a quarterbacks room with a pair of players who have combined for 254 NFL starts.
“It’s great having two guys that have played for a long time and have played at a really high level. “And they play a little bit different. Their styles are a little bit different. So it’s been great learning from Phil and then going out there and watching Tyrod play and seeing how he does it.
“[Taylor] just offers a different perspective, another set of eyes and another person that I can kind of lean on and learn from. So, it’s a great situation and I appreciate how those guys have treated me.”
Taylor went 6-of-6 for 72 yards Thursday, while adding 34 yards on the ground.
Tranquill dedicates first INT to Pat Tillman – On Friday, rookie linebacker Drue Tranquill took to Twitter to dedicate his first NFL interception to the late Pat Tillman, who played his four-year NFL career with the Cardinals.
“I wasn’t familiar with Pat Tillman until one of my buddies at Notre Dame shared with me some of his story, and his story was just really moving for me,” Tranquill said. “A guy who was willing to sacrifice millions of dollars to go serve his country and just the commitment and service to duty I think is just very admirable and something I want to model in my life and my game.
“To walk out there and see his name in the Ring of Honor – on the bus ride over there, I was just kind of watching a video of him and he’s just a guy I really look up to, and a guy that really motivates me and moves me internally to be the best version of myself.”
In addition to the interception Thursday, Tranquill tied for the team lead with five tackles.
Other news and notes – Lynn called Saturday a “correction day.” The first-team offense went full speed, while the second- and third-teamers practiced at a slower tempo since they received the most reps against the Cardinals. … Lynn said that tight end Andrew Vollert will be out for the season after suffering an ACL injury on Thursday. … After evaluating the offensive line’s performance in Arizona, Lynn said offensive tackle Sam Tevi was “physical in the run game,” Dan Feeney “did an outstanding job for [Mike] Pouncey at center,” and offensive linemen Trent Scott and Forrest Lamp are both “getting better.”
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