Fight it out: Sometimes it just happens for no reason, and sometimes the fights are staged. In this morning's practice, linebacker Curtis Lofton got under the skin of quarterback Chase Daniel during team period of practice. Lofton got a little too close to Daniel on a would-be sack, and the QB took exception to it. Some pushing and shoving went on, and there you have the first "scuffle" of mini-camp. Albeit, they all kissed and made up afterward, it was still the highlight of the day. Lofton and Daniel have a long history going back to their college days of competing against one another. Lofton's Oklahoma squad beat Daniel and Missouri in their conference championship game. Lofton reminds Daniel of that game, and often.
Patrick Pick: Defensive back Johnny Patrick had what amounted to a red-shirt rookie year in 2011. This year Patrick looks like he's ready to step up and fill the nickel back roll. Patrick made a nice interception of Chase Daniel this morning "I think the biggest leap a cornerback makes is between year 1 and year 2, and Johnny is trying to prove he can do that for us," Assistant Coach Joe Vitt said after practice. The second-year man out of Louisville is well on his way to establishing his role on the defense.
Maybe Morgan: Wide receiver Joe Morgan continues to impress the coaching staff with his deep speed. Morgan has made several big plays down the field during mini-camp. "He's been impressive with his deep speed, being able to make plays and stretch the defense," said Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr.
Morgan, out of Walsh College, was last pre-season's darling before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury. "We have to find out about his special teams coverage ability," said assistant Coach Joe Vitt.