Wrapping up an altogether pleasant first day here in the 'burg:
-- RB Nick Goings tried to go, but was hauled off before the start of the night practice with a sprained ankle.
-- As expected, RB Jonathan Stewart (toe) and RT Jeff Otah (ankle) were held out of the night session. They're going to give the rookies time to make sure they're fully healed. Same deal with QB Jake Delhomme, who participated in some drills but didn't do all that much.
-- Speaking of Stewart, the guy hasn't practiced football since November, and missed all of the OTAs and minicamp. Wouldn't his time be better used hanging out with the other backs and coach Jim Skipper, rather than away from the herd on an exercise bike?
-- WR D.J. Hackett (knee) was on the bike with the top picks. Makes you wonder if this is going to be a trend, since he missed part of the OTAs with some swelling.
-- I've always preferred watching the linemen do their one-on-ones as opposed to the backs and receivers, even when they're not wearing pads.
Seeing LT Jordan Gross and DE Julius Peppers dance remains one of the subtle pleasures of camp. Two guys who are very good at what they do, playing chess with their feet on a daily basis.
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