Posluszny, who has shorn off his shoulder-length locks because of a summer internship — “I had to go corporate for a little bit,” he said — will have more varied pass coverage duties in the new scheme.
“Last year were so much of a strictly zone team,” he said. “We would get to a spot on the field and read the quarterback. This year, we are going to do a lot more stuff with man coverage, quarters coverage, a lot more stuff where we’re going to be matching the routes of the offense as opposed to dropping back in the zone and breaking on the ball.”
The groin injury limited Posluszny’s weight training heading into camp. He said he’s at 238 pounds right now, and wants to be a bit heavier when the season starts.
“The closer I can get to 242, the better,” he said. “I want to make sure I have the proper size to do everything I need to do in this defense.”
Keith Ellison (undisclosed injury) also practiced Monday for the first time since camp began, working at inside linebacker with the reserve unit. Coach Chan Gailey said Ellison is more likely to play on Friday than Posluszny.
Roscoe Parrish sat out the morning practice but was a full participant in the evening. He had missed two days of practice with a leg injury and an illness. In the first practice, Chad Jackson got Parrish’s reps in the slot.
As three players came off the injured list, three more were knocked out of the morning practice.
Fullback Corey McIntyre hurt his left leg while blocking on a running play, and receiver Felton Huggins hurt is left shoulder while diving to catch a pass.
Gailey said Huggins “hurt his shoulder pretty bad” and that McIntyre’s injury is “minor.” McIntyre was riding a stationary bike during the night practice.