Trai Essex is making a strong case to make this team, something that wasn't a given at the start of camp.
Of course part of that is because he's quickly becoming the last experienced man still healthy on the left side of the line.
Marvel Smith sat out Wednesday with a sore groin and Essex slid out to left tackle, with Darnell Stapleton moving in at left guard.
But Essex, who looks more trim this year than in previous seasons, looks to be taking advantage of the extra playing time.
That, and the fact that rookie Tony Hills doesn't look ready to play this season, could make Essex a lock.
© The second-team offensive line with Chris Kemoeatu and Smith out was, from left to right, Hills, Matt Lentz, Justin Hartwig, Jeremy Parquet and Jason Capizzi. When Parquet left later in practice with cramps, Essex moved to right guard with the second unit.
Hey, the more you can do.
© Stapleton looks like somebody who plays up or down to his competition.
He'll go out and look so-so against a below average player, then go out and hold his own against a starter.
Some guys are just like that.