Originally Posted by SNR
One problem with going by training camp reports alone without preseason action:
The reporters (the bloggers, journalists, etc.) don't know anything, or are biased in their coverage.
I'm glad to have DJ's report on Bray. I'm still excited to watch him play in preseason, and I still think Buttchin sucks dick. But the same criticisms and caveats we were all talking about with Bray during draft talk and also after he immediately signed with us appear to still be a huge gaping issue. The positive reports from camp about all the pretty throws he made shouldn't be tossed out the window, but they shouldn't be the only thing we examine when trying to evaluate what Bray can really potentially do.
And for the folks that have never been to camp - it's impossible to really know what these guys that are reporting back are seeing. For instance, on Monday morning Nick Jacobs was tweeting about some plays that the TEs were making on the LBs and nice catches. Well A) Jacobs was tweeting from the VIP tent which is 50 yards away from the near side of the field (where the DL was matching up with the OL at the time) and 150 yards away from the TE practices he was watching and B) the QBs were at the side field running DB/WR drills. Those great plays were being made in individual drills with no lines in place and with camp bodies/coaches throwing the passes. I don't recall seeing Stanzi over there, now that I think about it, so maybe Stanzi was throwing the balls to the TEs (which makes some sense). In either event, it wasn't the scenario you no doubt had envisioned in your head when you saw that tweet.
There's stuff happening all over the field almost the entire practice. The tweets are interesting, but they're not dispositive. And yeah, they have a little bias to them.
I'm not saying to disregard all the positive reports on Bray - It's better than nothing but doom and gloom. At the same time, don't consider them dispositive either. They're not watching these like game film. These reporters are usually high on the hill looking down and trying to focus on one thing in a swirl of activity.