As the stable of receivers caught passes close to the fence, fans supplemented the coaches' feedback with their own, giving the receivers and the cornerbacks covering them eager direction -- cheering for one, disparaging another, calling illegal-use-of-the-hands on a third. More experienced players such as Laurent Robinson had to grind it out against newcomers such as Mardy Gilyard, and we might not know who will start until they take the field for the opener against the Vikings.
One player drawing a lot of fan support was rookie and third-round pick Jerome Murphy of South Florida, whose work at cornerback might earn him some time in the coming months. All these rookies looking to earn playing time means one thing: time to get a jump on coming up with nicknames. Murphy's Law? Murphy Atoll? We'll work on it.