Thursday is the customary veteran rest day, which sees the injury report balloon each week. The most noteworthy players on the injury report today include that veteran corner Vontae Davis continued practicing on a limited basis, rookie running back Marlon Mack did not practice after being limited with a shoulder injury on Wednesday, and Tarrell Basham practiced fully today after being limited with heat exhaustion.
It is encouraging that Brandon Williams returned to practice after missing on Wendesday and that Antonio Morrison continued his full participation for the second day in a row. The only setbacks this week have been that Mack sat out today and that Chester Rogers was expected to return but suffered a setback in recovering from his hamstring. Also, if Anthony Walker does not practice on at least a limited basis tomorrow, you can probably consider Sean Spence’s spot on the roster safe for another week.
Thursday also was coordinator press conference day and included an interesting quote from defensive coordinator Ted Monachino regarding Clayton Geathers:
You add Clayton Geathers into the mix if and when he gets healthy.
I added the emphasis here, of course, and I am not suggesting that this is groundbreaking, but it may be illustrative of the team’s position on Geathers at this point in time. Coaches are often over-confident in their comments about players, to a fault, and in this case it’s worth noting that Monachino naturally included the word “if” in his commentary about Geathers returning.
Zak Keefer helped clarify the statement by suggesting that the coaching staff does expect him back this season.
Worth nothing that Ted Monachino mentioned the return of Clayton Geathers. To be clear: The coaching staff expects him back this season.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) September 21, 2017
Take from it what you will.
Monachino also commented on Quincy Wilson’s coverage on the deep touchdown pass, a play that has been getting quite a bit of attention at Stampede Blue:
It was a really great throw and catch. You couldn’t have been in better position. The finish, could he have just reached his hand in there and gloved the ball down? Maybe, instead of swatting at it. That’s a technique error that we can get cleaned up. But understanding the coverage and where he fit in the coverage, he was right on. He was right on.
This is a fair assessment. Wilson was in excellent position to make the play but could have reached his hand in between the receivers arms as opposed to swatting down to bat the pass away. There’s no guarantee that he succeeds even if he makes this adjustment, but that’s how the coaching staff is viewing it.