Patton is really making a case to start opposite Leonte Carroo this year. He finished the season incredibly strong last year and picked right up where he left off. He has had a strong spring and had the best day of anyone on Monday, hauling in 5 passes for 109 yards highlighted by a 59-yard score from Chris Laviano on the third play of the scrimmage.
Grant had 3 catches for 51 yards and 2 scores. That is impressive enough on its own, but Grant received very high praise from Kyle Flood as well:
"I know coming into today Janarion had one drop the whole training camp. So I don't know if he dropped any today. I didn't notice. But if he got through today without any, that's pretty impressive.''
Grant has really struggled with his hands his first two years. If he is that improved with his catching, he will be an incredibly dangerous football player.
Little known fact: there are actually two QB battles going on within the team. Mike Dare has been having a better camp so far but Rescigno looked very good on Monday, completing 5 of 6 passes for 47 yards and 2 TDs. As Aaron Breitman noted, the hope is that there is no need for a third-string QB, but Rescigno certainly looks like he can get things done if needed.
Yes, I am aware that most of the time the secondary was put in unfair situations when the offense would start their drives in their territory. Regardless, the secondary still needs to perform better, especially in practice. The run defense was dominant but the secondary couldn't stop any QB that saw extended reps. Play is going to have to improve if they want to compete this year.
Yikes. Hopefully none of these are extended injuries and I don't believe any are, but that is a lot of key players missing important practices and it needs to improve.
Kyle Flood's Sleep Schedule
Poor guy. Just as we thought we would see some clarity in the QB battle, they had near identical days. It looks like Flood might have to extend his deadline and I don't blame him. I'll talk about the QB battle more in depth next, but for now it seems like our fearless leader is in for a few sleepless knights (pun intended).
The QB Battle
Ah, the quarterbacks. I had urged anxious fans in the comments to wait until the scrimmage to see who really had the leg up in the QB battle and I apologize because I may have been wrong. The stats indicate pretty similar days for the QBS, minus the Chris Laviano interception that was reportedly not his fault.
In my opinion, Rettig has the edge based on his similar results with 5 less attempts. Using an online Calculator, I found out both Laviano and Rettig's passer ratings for the scrimmage. Here is what I got:
Laviano: 9-15, 129 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 99.7 Rating
Rettig: 8-10, 121 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 156.6 Rating, only 1.7 points short of perfect
Clearly Rettig had the better day but if you factor out the Laviano pick, his rating comes out to 127.5, which shows that they both performed at a very high level. Rettig was near-perfect, but Laviano played well enough to keep the competition pretty even.
Today we may know who Flood is leaning to based on who gets more reps with the first team, but for now it is up in the air. Unfortunately the huge scrimmage did not yield any definitive answers that Scarlet Knight hopefuls have been wanting.