August 15, 2007
Offensive line spots up for grabs
After three practices in pads, along with its first full scrimmage on Tuesday, offensive line coach Paul Dunn has a few options when putting together his 2007 offensive line.
Through one week of camp, the line has not suffered any additional injuries, and has coped well in the absence of Mike McGlynn. In addition to the returning veterans, a lot of the newcomers have made an early first impression. At the beginning of camp, both Dunn and Wannstedt said they would like to start the best five offensive linemen. Today, they are starting to have a better idea of who those five may be.
"I like our talent level (on the offensive line)," head coach Dave Wannstedt said. "McGlynn is not in there yet. Pinkston is going to be a good player. I like the individual ability levels of the guys. They are usually the last group, unit-wise, to come together. It's going to take some time, but we're going to need all of training camp to get that group in sync and playing at the level they need to play at."
Even though senior McGlynn is not 100 percent yet, he is chomping at the bit to get back in. In McGlynn' absence, Jason Pinkston has had a good camp filling in at right tackle. Jeff Otah and C.J. Davis only continue to get better. At right guard, there is a battle between Dom Williams and Joe Thomas. Williams worked with the first team on Tuesday morning, and then split reps with Thomas in the afternoon scrimmage. Thomas pinched a nerve in his shoulder that forced him to sit out the morning session. Chris Vangas appears to have a good hold on the starting center position. The two least talked about to this point, Otah and Davis, are the two who have the least to worry about when it comes to where they will play.
"Jason Pinkston has come out and had a pretty decent camp," Dunn said. "He is one of the vocal leaders right now. I'm pleasantly pleased with what he's doing right now."
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