Thursday, June 16, 2005
From the Seattle P-I comes this startling revelation, that it works better for a reciever to catch the ball before trying to do anything else, (click the external link for the complete story).
"What I've noticed so far is the ball coming in there close in tight coverage and Joe is grabbing it and not letting go," said quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who returned yesterday after missing two days of workouts following the death of his grandmother. "Sometimes a hand slap gets the ball out of there, but he's showing that he holds onto the ball well."
The catch: It's a matter of repetition, a lesson Jurevicius learned from his father and then his coach at Lake Catholic High School in Mentor, Ohio. The more balls you catch -- from the QB during practice, off the ball machine after practice -- the easier it becomes to catch.
"The biggest thing is focusing on the ball, and if you're able to focus on a football it's going to make your chances of catching it that much better," he said.
On one hand I think that it's absolutely awesome that we finally have a reciever with terrific hands (other than Engram, the forgotten reciever) but on the other hand, I have to scratch my head and wonder how it got so bad, that the press is writing articles about a reciever who can actually catch.