“Oh it’s great,” said Watkins. “I’ve been waiting on this for a whole month now and I’ve just back home, training, trying to get in shape then to come to this scenery. There’s probably some 5,000 people here. We have great fans and that’s just motivating me to come out and have a great day, practice hard and don’t put nothing bad on tape.”
Watkins turned in a few receptions all of which came from the arm of Manuel during the team portions of practice. His first catch came on a stop route on the left side as he got separation from
He later caught an out route from Manuel that was well-timed and drew cheers from the crowd on hand. Manuel also hit him on a misdirection play for what would’ve been first down yardage and more during 11-on-11. Watkins had four catches during team work.
Manuel admitted in his second training camp there was a lot less apprehension coming in having familiarity with how things work.
“My confidence is very high,” he said. “I’m excited to get back out here. We got tons of weapons on offense. Our defense is still solid. Looking forward to seeing what kind of product we put out on the field in two weeks against the NY Giants. It was awesome, it felt good.”
Next man up
“Honestly, I feel for the kid but, you know, next man’s up and he’s got to be accountable and step in there and get the job done,” Spikes said. “We’ve just got to fill in that wound and step it up a lot, everybody.”
Rivers, who stepped in a good deal for Alonso when he was limited in OTAs and minicamp appeared to get most of the work in his place, but defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz believes he has two pretty interchangeable linebackers in Rivers and Bradham.
“Yeah definitely I think both of us are similar players and can play the run and the pass just as well,” said Rivers. “The coaches do a great job of cross training us so we’re able to play. So if that happens to somebody like Kiko we don’t miss a beat and we’re ready to go.”
Bradham meanwhile was teamed with
Hairston, who spent most of his time at guard late in the spring practices, suddenly found himself at left tackle next to
Punters and kickers got some work in Sunday. Both