An update from spring ball on the cornerbacks heading into Week 2, Practice No. 5 tonight.
The group's new position coach, Brian Mitchell is tasked with rebuilding the young and oft-criticized group this spring and sounds optimistic that the wheels are turning and progress is coming.
Miami transfer Vernon Davis, a corner, returned kicks with Jordan Thompson and Andrew Buie last Friday, and flashed some nice speed during the portion of practice open to media.
Mitchell, said Davis is assimilating well at cornerback.
Mitchell: “So far so good. I think he has great football skills, great football instincts,” said Mitchell. “How can we marry that with scheme, technique, tenacity, being fearless down after down? We’re trying to make sure we make him the complete football player.”
Mitchell said his entire group, a group that was under consistent fire last year, is coming along day by day.
Mitchell: "Collectively they're doing a good job. Schematically theyr'e right on the edge of mastering what we've asked of them. There's hesitation still, when you put it all together, technique, scheme, there's still some hesitation, but every day we're working on some successes."
The goal for the spring?
Mitchell: "I'd like to be able to master the simplest of things. 1. Stance. 2. A basic technique where we can defend most of the routes and calls within our package. 3. Develop confidence in those individuals."
"We're getting better every day."