Photo by: Dona Keast and Kent Platte
Two days in a row? Absolutely. Fuller surprised almost everyone who saw him last season when he came into the 2014 open camp practices in fine shape and ready to put on a show. Fuller came into camp last season with a track star build, long and sleek but with little core muscle mass. His speed was on display, but his routes were awful and his hands were just as bad.
This season has seen a complete turnaround. Fuller is thickly built with a tight core. He looks taller, though that could just be because of how much more of a ‘football build’ he’s sporting (Most 20+ year olds don’t get growth spurts). He stands out when you see the receivers bunched up, but more importantly he stands out on the field. He made more good grabs today, following up his strong showing from the previous day. It’s possible he’s leapt them already, but he’s at least on par with Ross and Ogletree in the WR3 conversation. Running away with the “Most Improved” badge already.
It was not a good day for the third year wide out. Broyles had a good start yesterday, but was couldn’t get out of his own way today. He recorded two completely uncontested drops and a third with Jonte Green on him that still should have been caught. Whereas yesterday he was catching passes with his fingertips, he couldn’t get both hands on anything today.
If only it was just the drops. There were also two occasions that his lack of burst from his repeated leg injuries was apparent. On one, Nevin Lawson out-jumped him on a high pass, getting a clean foot and change over #84. Soon after, he ran an intermediate out route thrown by Kellen Moore. The route was perfect, to his credit, but when it came to lunging for an overthrown pass he just wasn’t able to extend for it. Broyles could still contend for a roster spot as a slot receiver, but days like today will have to be the exception and not the rule.