Isaac Redman and Jason Worilds battle during backs-on-backers drill. Photo Credit: Chris G.
The backs-on-backers drill is one of the most popular in training camp. I am personally not a fan because too many worry about “wins and losses” and take too much away from the results.
For instance, when Baron Batch was a rookie, he had an outstanding block on James Harrison. Forget that he got schooled several times in the drill, this guy was going to be a star! Well, that is at least what you were led to believe.
With that said, here is some of what I took away from this session.
LaMarr Woodley was very impressive, particularly against Le’Veon Bell.
Woodley took on Bell twice in a row and dominated him each time. It wasn’t even competitive, but that should be expected. Woodley is the team’s premier pass-rusher, and he should dominate a rookie.
Bell struggled early on against Woodley and had several tough matchups with Jarvis Jones.
Jones was very physical in the first battle and had his hands up in Bell’s face as he got the best of him. However, things would even out throughout their reps.
As expected, Isaac Redman was impressive in several blocks, as was Matt Spaeth. These two are strong blockers, and they will need to continue this once the games start.
David Paulson had some problems, as did Batch.
While I did not watch every rep, every time I looked up and saw Batch, he was getting beat. On one particularly match, he was completely overmatched and then got into a spat with the linebacker who took him on. TibLive Radio's Ken Laird tweeted that it was with Marshall McFadden.
Anticipate some more physical battles for this drill on Friday night under the lights.