Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
During the offseason, general manager Dennis Hickey and head coach Joe Philbin placed an emphasis on having competition on the roster at every position. On Thursday, they turned that into a reality. During a portion of practice, there were one-on-one drills at every single position. For a player, this brings out the competitive nature of what football is all about, and in the NFL, it’s about winning these individual match-ups everywhere on the field.
Some of the top performers in these drills included Rishard Matthews, Brian Hartline and Charles Clay, who excelled in the blocking aspect going up against the linebackers. In the end though, the defense won the majority of that drill. As far as the running backs go, there were several clean catches as they were running down-field against the outfield linebackers in their one-on-one match-up.
These drills are often some of the best during training camp as it mixes up the flow and pace of things and also gets the players' competitive juices flowing.