Much of today’s activities went as they had yesterday. Rather uneventful, but the team was able to practice and run plays, albeit without helmets at times. Today, however, was a big day in which high school coaches were invited to observe practice and listen to panel speakers and a concussion forum.
Clinton Portis, who is looking slimmer these days, has been cleared to practice. This was obvious as he took part in practices yesterday. He, however, has not yet been cleared to participate in “contact” drills and plays. That will not be a problem since contact is not allowed in this mini camp. In regards to the treatment Portis has been receiving, Bruce Allen had this to say:
“Because we have the resources that a lot of these high school coaches don’t have,” Allen said, “we’re able to get some of the best medical experts across the country to analyze him. He’s been cleared for practice, and you really have to be patient with a head injury. That’s one of the common sense lessons you’re going to learn, patience.”
Patience is they key, and he seems to be on track. Some onlookers say Portis looks 10lbs lighter, the officially tally has yet to be disclosed, but he definitely looks slimmer.
In the spirit of giving back to the community, local high school coaches were invited to come watch practice and listen to speakers. Bruce Allen was among the speakers. Allen reaffirmed the importance of these coaches and the role the play in the lives of the youth they are involved with.
“It’s very ironic — as you know, right now, the draft is coming up this week. At our combine, I don’t know if you’ve ever been exposed to it, but we bring in four hundred of the best college players in the country. And they all have to sit down and they have to do an interview to express who they are. And there’s a questionnaire asking these young men different questions.
“One of the questions is, what person in your life influenced you the most as a young person? And obviously the most common answer is gonna be a family member, either a mom, a dad, an uncle, a brother. But after that, it’s always their head coach in high school. You feeling that expression from these young people would tell you your importance in life, and what you mean for them.”
Tomorrow marks the end of training camp, and we now look onward to Tuesday (Schedule Announcement) and Thursday’s NFL Draft.