So Marlin Jackson is done for the year, Ellis Hobbs is still recovering from a neck injury, and Asante Samuel is nowhere to be found?
No big deal.
Dimitri Patterson and Joselio Hanson looked good as the starting corners in the final sessions, Macho Harris got plenty of reps at his natural position, and fourth-round pick Trevard Lindley (who Garry Cobb noted as “improving leaps and bounds daily”) has made some ridiculously athletic interceptions.
But the true gems may be at safety.
No. 37 overall pick Nate Allen has been nothing short of outstanding so far; he’s picked up the schemes with aplomb, shows sound understanding of his responsibilities, and is willing to bulk up from his already-imposing 210-pound stature.
Andy Reid and Howie Roseman think he can be a force right away, with the GM telling ESPN’s Matt Mosley that “We didn't take a guy at No. 37 to be on the sideline. We drafted him there so that he could play immediately.”
Beyond Allen, Quintin Demps has looked like a completely different player this year. His mouth, which was the biggest part of his game in 2008 and 2009, seems to have gotten more in tune with the franchise philosophy, and his play on the OTA field has shown flashes of the potential everyone says he’s always had.
The Birds are rumored to be looking for a veteran safety to fill a backup role in Marlin Jackson, but they have to be happy with the ones they’ve got so far.