This is just something knew to think about that is almost completely unrelated to the draft. Since the early stages of lockout talk, Garrard has been very adamant about holding organized team practices and gathering the troops to try and improve team continuity. I am thoroughly impressed with the leadership role Garrard has taken since he was challenged by Weaver and Jack and it has really seemed to be contagious in the locker room.
I am really only bringing this up to be a conversation starter and to see everyone else's opinion, but I think he is really handling himself well in interviews. I don't know which players showed up for the workout, but I'm assuming anyone who is able to is there(excluding Britton since he's still in Arizona, i think). I think maybe the most important player at those team practices after Garrard is Jason Hill. The more and more reps he can get with Garrard the better since he will be the deep threat for our team this year unless Gene addresses the WR position in the offseason. It will also be important to see Dillard practicing since he has been off the field for a while.
One of the statements that Garrard made that also impressed me was that he will reach out to the drafted rookies and try and make sure they are able to attend the team workouts. Any advantage they can get in their rookie season is great and going out and practicing with the team on a planned out schedule is great for the rooks. Hopefully the drafted QB and OL or WR will be out there as soon as he can learning the offense and understanding NFL football.
I know there will be multiple comments about how most likely every team has said they will hold organized player practices, but I'm not sure how many have actually followed through with those comments and started practicing. Garrard was also one of the very first players i heard mention player practices. Like I said, this was written to start conversation, but I am impressed with Garrard trying to step up to the plate and hopefully lead this team to the playoffs.
Are you impressed with Garrard and Co.'s ability to organize player workouts that are scheduled to go into July?
Yes, they are showing the will to win (30 votes)
Doesn't really matter (1 vote)
It's their job (11 votes)
I like the idea of incorporating the rookies most (6 votes)
48 total votes