East-West Shrine Game: Day 3
January, 15, 2014
By Steve Muench | ESPN Insider
Bradley Leeb/USA TODAY SportsEastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo has played well during East-West Shrine Game practices.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As we have each of the first two days, let's start with the quarterbacks. Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo had the best day of the three. At 6-foot-2¼ and 225 pounds, he showcased his quick release getting the ball out to the receiver in a hurry. He also did a nice job of getting through his progressions and finding the open man.
Meanwhile, 6-3⅜, 225-pound Jeff Matthews out of Cornell failed to build on Monday's strong performance. He threw off his back foot and short hopped his intended receiver coming out of the end zone. Plus, the ball came out of his hand awkwardly on more than one occasion. Wet conditions might have played a role, but he didn't spin the ball nearly as well as Garoppolo, and Matthews has 10⅜-inch hands.
It hasn't been a great week for Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch. Lynch measured 6-0⅜, and his hands measured just 8¾ inches. He carries his 220 pounds well, and he's clearly a scrambling threat, but his accuracy has been erratic and he's looked uncomfortable in the pocket.