East-West Shrine Game: Day 4
January, 16, 2014
By Steve Muench | ESPN Insider
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesTommy Rees struggled with the wind on Day 4 of practice at the East-West Shrine Game.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Both teams practiced in helmets and in anticipation of the light practice, most scouts had headed home. The slower pace and lack of contact aside, attending these practices offered another opportunity to gain more insight into the quarterbacks, receivers and defensive backs.
Gusting winds affected the quarterbacks as the East signal-callers struggled to drop the ball into the bucket in the red zone. Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo (6-2¼ 225) and Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch (6-0⅜ 220) put too much air under the ball, resulting in their passes floating out of bounds.
Cornell’s Jeff Mathews (6-3⅜ 220) appeared to overcompensate by driving the ball. The problem is he failed to loft it over 5-foot-9⅜, 191-pound Georgia Tech safety Jemea Thomas, who has big hands for his frame and came down with the pick.