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After Practice: Pounds lost as heat becomes 'it'

A.Q. Shipley laid on the floor of the locker room for a number of minutes after Friday morning's practice, which could safely be called the toughest of camp. Coach Steve Wilks had his team do most of the things it did the day before, when the players were inside University of Phoenix Stadium. This time they were outside, and unlike Tuesday, there was no cloud cover for any of the two-plus hours.

So Shipley needed some down (to-the-ground) time.

"That's my go-to," Shipley said of lying on the floor. "It takes me a good 15 minutes to re-gather my life."

Wilks called it a good practice. But, the coach added, "I always say don't allow let 'it' get in the way. 'It' was out there today. 'It' was hot."

"It" got guard Evan Boehm hard, with Boehm dealing with severe cramping afterward. Shipley said offensive linemen were losing "10, 12, 14 pounds" at practice. But the schedule is planned in such a way, with Saturday's Red and White practice starting a little more than 26 hours later to provide recovery time. Shipley said he went from 306 to 294, joking with his visit to the scale "I haven't seen a 2 in front (of my weight) since I was 7."

The bulk of practice was officially closed to reporting, although Wilks did say the defense bounced back from what he determined was a less-than-expected showing Thursday.

"It got pretty physical today," Wilks said, after a physical practice Thursday. "That's the thing I am liking right now, I am seeing physicality and most important, the consistency."

-- Wilks said he plans to have the same format and same consistency for Saturday's Red-White practice.

-- If you are attending the Red-White, click here for all the details.

-- Here's a Josh Rosen progress update, with Wilks saying Rosen had some "great throws" Thursday but missing on a couple of notable plays. "He came back today and did some good things," Wilks said. "When he sets his feet and goes through his progression, he's pretty good. You see the growth there."

C Mason Cole
C Mason Cole

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