One of the things that jumped out at me in last night’s practice was a play in 1-on-1 drills where Kevin Boss went out for a pass from Eli Manning. There were two things that caught my eye.
The first was that Boss made an all-out effort on the ball. He didn’t catch it, but he left his feet and tumbled over. It was a pretty strenuous act for a guy in his first real practice since having ankle surgery. So I asked him about having that much confidence in his ankle.
“That’s the biggest thing right now is getting confidence back in it and being able to trust that you can do the things that you did before,” he said. “In the heat of the moment you don’t really think of it. You see the ball and you go up for it. So it’s been good to roll around a little bit and jump around and be able to jump back up and feel pretty good.”
He may not think about it while the ball is in the air, but there is a split second when he hits the ground that Boss admitted his mind flashed to his ankle and he checked to make sure everything was working.
“When I get back up and get my feet back on the ground,” he said, “you know, it feels pretty good.”
The other aspect was the player he was competing against in the drill. It was Antrel Rolle. And those two have a history.
“That was the first time we’ve gone against each other since he took my head off,” Boss said, referring to a hit Rolle put on him in the game in Arizona last season. “But it’s all good. He’s a good guy.”
Rolle said he’s become fond of Boss as well. In fact, after the two were tangled on the play along the sideline, Rolle helped him up and gave him a little pat on the rear.
Rolle said that hit from last year is in the past.
“The first day we had a couple of little snickers about it, but it’s just a part of the game,” he said.