In writing about the Deion Branch stuff yesterday, I did not get the chance to write much about practice and the locker room. I wanted to fire that stuff off this morning before this afternoon's practice, which starts at 1:30.
First, the team is back to its regular schedule, and is back to doing its game-week routines. Players wearing the yellow jerseys of opposing players, alternating first units on each side against the scout teams, special teams being worked in, most of the reps going to the starters while the backups work on the scout team.
One of the things to get used to is seeing Darryl Tapp on the scout team after he started at defensive end most of last season. I spoke with him yesterday and he seemed like he was taking it in stride, though I think he is disappointed. In a sense, I think he feels his season was unfairly portrayed last year because he had the broken hand and could not produce the same way after that as he did before. You have to wonder if he had not broken his hand and kept up his pace in sacks if Tim Ruskell would have looked elsewhere in the first round. But that's not how it worked out.
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Neither Jackson nor PAtrick Kerney were saying much about their matchups with Bills tackles Langston Walker and Kirk Cameron. As Kerney said, if they have an NFL logo on their jersey, they are NFL players. He prepares accordingly. Jackson said he thought despite his size -- listed at 366 pounds -- Walker has relatively quick feet. He would not say what his scouting report is on Walker, but you'd have to think he tries to use his speed and quickness to get around the guy. Kerney said he expects to be double- and triple-teamed, and if he is not then it is that much easier.
Last season, we heard Deon Grant's musical selections all season long. The locker room is so big now that they actually have two stereos going and they don't interfere with each other. One was in Kerney's locker, the other in Grant's. The latter was playing rap, the former I can't remember but AC/DC comes to mind.