The other day, Matt made note of the impression former Cat fullback John Conner is making on the folks in his new home with the Jets. It seems Conner isn’t the only Kentucky standout to be turning heads in their first training camp. Here’s a quick look at how two other departed Wildcats, Trevard Lindley and Corey Peters, are faring with their new squads:
–Lindley earned himself a full-on article about his success in Eagles camp so far. You can read it all behind the link, but here’s a preview to whet your appetite a little:
Lindley has been impressive all through the OTAs and training camp. From the start, he has demonstrated good man-to-man cover skills. He played at the University of Kentucky, where it was almost exclusively a man-to-man defense, so he has a feel for it.
He doesn’t have great stopwatch speed — he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds at the scouting combine — but he makes up for it in other ways. He has long arms and a 38 and one-half inch vertical leap — a full two inches higher than the cornerback average — so he plays big. He also has good footwork so there are no wasted steps when he shadows a receiver.
The rookie has been getting a lot of work with Asante Samuel and Macho Harris both sidelined with hamstring injuries and is making the most of it. He makes one or two plays in every practice that draw praise from the coaches.
And Peters is progressing nicely, as well, in Atlanta:
Corey Peters, defensive tackle: He also has gotten off to a good start. He’s picking up the defense quickly.
“Corey Peters, I think has really had a solid camp,” Smith said. “When we got into the pads, you really saw what he could do. He has a really good anchor point.”
Defensive-line coach Ray Hamilton knows there’s a long way to go in training camp for Peters.
“Our rookie looks good so far,” Hamilton said. “He’s catching on to things. He’s learning stuff every day.”
Now if you have a contest with a neighbor over who knows the most about how the Wildcat rookies are doing in training camp, victory will surely be yours. Hopefully you have something better to do on a Friday night, but if not, you’re welcome for the win.