On Saturday the Eagles held their second scrimmage of the summer, and there was a lot of interesting tidbits to get to. Boston Herald Eagles' reporter Rich Thompson gave a full recount of the scrimmage.
First off, most of the seniors didn't play. Kevin Pierre-Louis, Andre Williams, Matt Patchan, Alex Amidon, Kaleb Ramsey and Josh Bordner (junior) spent the scrimmage watching from the bench. Smart move by Steve Addazio, they are all proven players, well maybe not Bordner, and no need to risk a loss to an already thin depth chart, plus it gave the coaching staff an added opportunity to evaluate the young talent on the roster.
Speaking of youth, the scrimmage featured the debut of freshman quarterback James Walsh. According to Thompson, Walsh played well eluding the pass rush, and was featured in a series of read option plays. It sounds like he is the kind of quarterback that Steve Addazio would want if he was going to run his style of offense. Mike Marscovetra also got reps as well. Another freshman that played was running back Myles Willis, but was over shadowed by two long runs by David Dudeck. Tyler Rouse remained on the bench, due to a nagging hamstring injury.
One of the stars of the scrimmage was Chase Rettig going perfect in the red zone, throwing two touchdown passes to Spiffy Evans. Eric Hoffes of Eagle Action said that the most impressive thing about Rettig was that he made no mistakes, something that will be a huge marker to watch for during his senior season. Addazio also utilized Harrison Jackson, putting him out more with the ones. It appears that he could be the early leader to be either WR2 or WR3.
On the defensive side of the ball it was all about the play of the linebackers. Don Brown rotated Steven Daniels, Steele Divitto, and Sean Duggan in at MLB and it appears they were very active in terms of pass rush and playmaking. Divitto made two pass deflections, and was sent in on the blitz. This should be an exciting group of players, with Kevin Pierre Louis thrown in there, and with Brown's schemes they could be very effective.
After the scrimmage, Addazio took the team out to a high scale Brazilian BBQ restaurant, which looked like a perfect way to end a long week of practices. The team held Fan Fest today in front of the Plex which gave young kids and families the opportunity to check out the team. Myles Willis and Atem Ngangtang got down to the Cupid Shuffle, other players played Cornhole and other games. Looks like it was a fun and relaxing time for both players and fans.