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Local Lions fans know Jeremy Gallon well from his days in Ann Arbor. The diminutive dynamo produced many big plays for the Wolverines, notably against Ohio State in his Big Ten finale.
If the practice sessions are any indication, expect more of the same in the Shrine Game.
Playing for the East, Gallon was the primary target for the quarterbacks quite often during Monday's practice. His quickness was way too much for any of the defenders, particularly the linebackers who had to try and carry him on crossing routes.
Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting noted that Gallon offered more than just being a short-range slot receiver:
The main issue with him is his size. He was the smallest player on either roster (with Northern Arizona RB Zach Bauman) at just 5'7", with an arm length of just 28.75 inches.
The latter is just as big of a problem as the former, and it showed during Wednesday's practice session when he was matched up against Tre Boston. I remarked in my practice notes at Detroit Lions Draft: "He showed great burst in breaking up a pass to Gallon, reaching around the Michigan wideout to break up the pass. Gallon did not attack the ball, and Boston took advantage."
During the game, look for Gallon to see a lot of action on crosses and working the deep middle of the field. He needs to show he can finish the play beyond just running the route and getting separation.