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    Wagoner Camp notes: 8/1

    Morning Session

    - Receiver Torry Holt has some stiffness in his lower back, a problem he ran into at times last year. He sat out the afternoon workout on Sunday and he missed Mondayís morning session also.

    - Of the many competitors for the defensive back spots, there are some surprising contenders emerging. Corey Ivy might not have much size, but he is a great competitor and has made some nice plays. He made an excellent diving catch for a pick in team drills Monday morning. Ivy came to camp with a reputation as an excellent special teams player. If he can continue to show that he can help on defense and combine that with the special teams play, he has a solid chance to stick with this team.

    - Blaine Saipaia has moved back inside to right guard while Grant Williams is holding down the right tackle spot. The possibilities with Saipaia at guard are exciting. He is a prototype guard with his considerable girth and excellent punch. He makes sure you feel it when he first gets his hands on you, something that is easier to do playing inside. He is an average tackle at this stage, but he could be an excellent guard.

    - I mentioned before that Mike Furrey looks comfortable at safety. He still has a lot to prove in coverage and that is where his biggest weakness lies. He is smart, fast and has the build to play in the secondary, though. When the team went to live, full contact drills at the end of practice; Furrey made pretty much all of the plays for the defense and showed that he isnít afraid to hit somebody.

    - Terry Fair is going to have a difficult time cracking the roster. He looks a step slow and the injuries he suffered over the years have apparently taken their toll.

    - By now, everyone knows about Rex Tuckerís struggles inside. In fairness to Tucker, he has played so little football over the past few years and has been victimized by some serious injuries. He is obviously going to be rusty, but he seems like a competitor. That doesnít mean he should get a free pass to a roster spot, but maybe the wait and see approach is best in his case.

    - Itís fun to watch Joe Vitt coach the linebackers. He has the same kind of passion for coaching that special teams coach Bob Ligashesky does. You can tell by watching him that he not only cares about his playersí performance, but he genuinely cares about the guys. His players rave about him and Chris Claiborne even went as far as saying that Vitt was one of the reasons he chose St. Louis as a free agent.

    - Itís hard not to root for a guy like Louis Ayeni. There might not be a bigger long shot for a roster spot on the team, but the tiny linebacker gives it everything he has.


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    Re: Wagoner Camp notes: 8/1

    Itís fun to watch Joe Vitt coach the linebackers. He has the same kind of passion for coaching that special teams coach Bob Ligashesky does. You can tell by watching him that he not only cares about his playersí performance, but he genuinely cares about the guys. His players rave about him and Chris Claiborne even went as far as saying that Vitt was one of the reasons he chose St. Louis as a free agent.
    This is the kind of stuff I love hearing. It shows that the moves made during the off-season are having some real impact.

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