The quarterback competition has remained relatively news free throughout the spring. Terry Wilson, Gunnar Hoak and Danny Clark have all received mixed reviews and Eddie Gran is in no rush to name a starter.
Touchdown Terry brings more hype than any other, but right now it’s all hype. Gran said Wilson has a long way to go, which is right where he should be.
“We gotta remember where Stephen Johnson was at this point. Everybody was like, ‘Whew! Not quite sure.’ It’s the quarterback position, it’s tough.”
He added: “I just gotta remind myself to kind of mellow out. There’s gonna be some growing pains and that’s gonna be okay, but that’s where everybody else has to pick it up.”
The best way for quarterbacks to separate themselves in the final two weeks of practice is to grow closer to their wide receivers. The better their relationship, the easier it becomes to make big plays.
“It’s the biggest thing in football,” wide receivers coach Michael Smith said. “I tell our guys to spend as much time with the quarterbacks as possible because they’re going to make or break you, and you’re going to make or break them.”
The extra time Wilson and Bowden spent together over spring break paid off during Saturday’s scrimmage. Wilson was not supposed to throw the deep ball to Bowden, but the quarterback trusted his wide receiver to make a play, even though it wasn’t a great throw. Bowden made an incredibly athletic play, but credited it all to his chemistry with the QB.
You won’t see why the play worked on tape. That happened after the play when Wilson rushed down the sideline to congratulate Lynn. “That relationship and that cultivation between them and the rest of the guys is what you’re looking for from both of those positions,” Smith said.
They are far from perfect, especially the receivers. Inexperience is no longer an acceptable excuse for Gran.
“I’m tired of talking about youth at receiver,” the offensive coordinator said. “We have no more youth at receiver. There is no more. They are veterans now. It’s time to drop and it’s time to go. Today they did. There’s hope out there, there really is.”
What makes Wilson even more hopeful — there is still so much time to learn more about his teammates.
“It’s developing, it’s just gonna take time. That’s why you gotta get those guys together on your own time and learn everything you can about those guys, because that’s really important.”