One more blog post before we head out for today’s 2:30 practice. And it has to do with yesterday’s practices.
I noted here in the blog that while Ramses Barden made some terrific catches, including a stunning one in which Aaron Ross basically leg-pressed him into the air for a flip, that the one that stuck out in my mind was the go pattern down the right sideline in the two-minute drill. It looked like Barden tried to make a one-handed catch when he could have kept running and made a routine two-handed grab. I asked him about that play, and he said that he definitely could have done some things differently but that the problem was not in the final steps of the route but earlier.
“There was no one-handed mindset,” he said. “It was like, this is the only way I’ll be able to get it. I felt like I probably cost myself a step maybe 10 or 15 yards down the field. I looked back and I felt like he’d already thrown it or he wasn’t going to throw it. That’s just what I saw. Whether it was blurry or it was dark, I don’t know. So I didn’t give great effort on that play.
“In reality I should have kept running, I should have kept my head down and kept digging the entire time and it would have hit me right in stride,” he said.
That’s one of the things Barden needs to refine. And he’s still raw and unpolished as a football player. That was evidenced yesterday when he had a not-so-stellar practice in the morning going against Corey Webster.
“There was definitely times when I had to use some of those instances as encouragement or motivation for the afternoon,” he said of trying to come back for the evening workout.
Asked if he was glad to have two practices that day and no reason to sleep on the bad practice, Barden said: “I might not have gotten any sleep after the first one.”
More on Barden later. Right now, it’s off to practice. And we’ll see which Barden shows up.