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Jalen Reeves-Maybin has joined the list of Vols who are impressing scouts and teammates in mini camp.
In Detroit, Reeves-Maybin is playing alongside Florida standouts Jarrad Davis and Jalen Tabor. With veteran linebacker Tahir Whitehead sidelined with an injury, Reeves-Maybin has been given the chance to take more reps at OTAs.
Reports say he’s made the most of the opportunity.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported that veterans and coaches have been impressed by JRM’s intelligence on the field so far. Whitehead, the player Reeves-Maybin is stepping in for in practice, is one of those impressed by the Detroit rookie.
“Smart guys,” Whitehead said of Davis and Reeves-Maybin. “They’re athletic and they’re eager to learn. They ask questions. I give them feedback and I tell them as much as I possibly can. They’re definitely good players from what I see so far, and they’re smart.”
Paul Warrilow, who took most of the first team reps in Whitehead’s absence, also had rave reviews of the two SEC linebackers.
“They’re ballers,” Worrilow said. “And they love ball. They’re in here a lot. They put in the time. There’s no mistake about why they’re here and why they’re successful and why they can be successful in the league. They put in the time and really take things from the meeting room to the practice field, which is big, especially on defense.”
Reeves-Maybin only started four games for the Vols in 2016 due to injury, but he was a big part of the Vols’ success in 2015. He was seventh in the SEC in tackles during his junior campaign, adding in six sacks and 14 tackles for loss as well. Against Oklahoma, Reeves-Maybin played one of the best games ever by a Tennessee linebacker when he recorded 21 tackles. That was the most tackles by a Vol since A.J. Johnson in 2012.
With veterans impressed by his play, and a couple SEC standouts alongside him, Reeves-Maybin may get the chance to prove himself on the field this upcoming season.