* Kevin Prince practiced almost the entire day with the ones, and looked the best he’s looked in essentially six weeks. Prince is still developing the timing that he had over the summer with his receivers, but his deep balls looked on point and he moved well.
* Prince had a few really nice deep routes, including throws to Taylor Embree and Josh Smith that looked good.
* With Derrick Coleman out, Jordon James saw extensive time along with Johnathan Franklin and Malcolm Jones, and I’ll continue to maintain that he’s the most fun to watch. He’s a pinball out there – not as strong as MJD, but runs downhill like he did – and it’s about time he got some role in the offense.
* For everyone wondering why Taylor Embree gets so many reps at returner – he takes care of the ball. Josh Smith and Damien Thigpen each dropped punts today, and Frank Gansz got into Smith pretty good. I think Smith can be an excellent returner, but it makes sense in terms of field position to want a guy out there who can at least field the punt.
* Saw a few really nice plays out of Anthony Jefferson, and some close to the team have told me that he might end up being the best NFL prospect on the team. He’s still very raw, but a lot of talent there.
* Interesting answer from wide receivers coach Reggie Moore about why there aren’t more situational lineups – Smith/Carroll/Marvray at once, three deep threats, for example – and he made a good point: In the Pistol, the goal is to run more plays and run them faster, a la the no-huddle, and that typically requires the same group to be out there for four-five plays, meaning less substitution.
* Christian Ramirez is nursing a hamstring issue that sidelined him for the game and today’s practice. No timetable on his return.
* Linebacker David Allen has a broken pinky that required a heavy wrap – couldn’t tell if it was a cast – but he won’t miss any time.
* Micah Kia got tangled up and his right leg needed attending – he was limping pretty badly – but Neuheisel said he was fine.