AFC Training Camp Notes 8-4: Leonard Fournette & More

Here are the #AFC Fantasy Training Camp notes from Saturday 8-4.  Enjoy!!


James Rapien  @JamesRapien

John Ross started this game as the number two wide receiver. It seems like Ross will get every opportunity to be the outside WR on the opposite side of Green. - Jim Owczarski and Paul Dehner Jr.

Third-year quarterback Jeff Driskel hit first-year wide receiver Kermit Whitfield deep down the right hash, splitting William Jackson III and Dre Kirkpatrick and running away from safety George Iloka for a long touchdown.

Joe Mixon: There was no live tackling, but the second-year running back displayed his quickness and downfield burst when he was given the ball and made a nice one-handed catch on a ball from Andy Dalton in the two-minute drill.

A.J. Green: No. 18 is still good. He made a contested third down catch over Davontae Harris early in the session and hauled in what was ruled a 50-yard deep ball from Andy Dalton, though Dalton said if it was a real game it would have gone the full 85 yards for a score.

John Ross: The second-year wide receiver continued to struggle with drops in the mock game. The good news is he’s showing all the skills to get open and have quarterbacks deliver him the ball, but he is struggling to keep them all in his hands. He declined to comment on the practice afterward.


Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman didn’t participate much in Saturday’s practice, and coach Hue Jackson revealed afterward a hamstring issue is bothering the 15th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

“It’s probably a little hamstring or something, and it’s a little sore,” Jackson said after the ninth practice of training camp. “We’ll find out more when we go in.”

Coleman has a history of pulled hamstrings dating to his days at Baylor University.


Kyle Fredrickson  @kylefredrickson

Broncos HC Vance Joseph compares Courtland Sutton's quick rookie progression to DeAndre Hopkins' first year in Houston.

Cecil Lammey‏ @CecilLammey 

One word to describe #Broncos TE Austin Traylor - HUMBLE. Guy is getting plenty of looks and impressing. Talked to him after practice and he's ready for any role from 1st team to special teams, whatever they need. @1043TheFan

Cecil Lammey‏ @CecilLammey 

Royce Freeman has the speed to get to the edge consistently. No true leader in #Broncos RB competition yet, but Royce has been the most impressive as a runner IMO @1043TheFan

Cecil Lammey @CecilLammey 

Just like he did last year, Case Keenum exhausts all reads quickly to get to the correct throw. His TbP (time before pass) was one of the longest in the league in 2017. Keenum has great patience in the pocket. #Broncos @1043TheFan

Cecil Lammey‏ @CecilLammey 

Case Keenum with fantastic pass placement to Demaryius Thomas on the outside. Thomas put Simmons on skates after the catch. #Broncos @1043TheFan – Travis Wakeman

Running back position still up in the air. It’s a good problem to have. The Broncos have solid depth at the running back position. While the team is expected to choose between Devontae Booker and Royce Freeman as the starter, both De’Angelo Henderson and Phillip Lindsay have flashed in camp. – Cameron Parker

As such, the trio of Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas, and Courtland Sutton are on track to be the top formation for the Broncos. The Broncos need immediate impact players from day one of the preseason to the start of the regular season.

Since day one of OTAs, there’s not been one player more dominant than Sutton. He is asserting himself at the perfect time, as the Broncos needed to bolster their wide receiver depth.


Running back D’Onta Foreman entered camp on the PUP list. O’Brien said the second-year back is making progress in his rehabilitation from Achilles surgery. “I think he’s progressing well,” O’Brien said. “I don’t – you know, again, I’m not a doctor. I’ve said that over the years to you guys. I think he’s doing well. He’s on the right track, and we’ll see. We’ll see how it goes. But, I think he’s headed in the right direction.”

Tight ends also made some tremendous catches during team drills. Jordan Akins caught a touchdown pass and O’Brien has been pleased with the rookie’s progress.


Chester Rogers listed behind TY Hilton is significant to me too. Chester is making the team no doubt. But this says hes not competing with Ryan Grant. However Deon Cain is. Reflecting on Ballards comments recently Cain winning that job with a strong preseason doesn't seem unreasonable. #Colts #ColtsCamp


Leonard Fournette likes his weight. The second-year running back’s reporting weight of 223 pounds has been well-documented. He’s 15 pounds lighter than he was as a rookie, and looks quicker and leaner. His reasoning for reshaping his body? “I want to be great,” he said. If he’s significantly better than he was as a rookie, so is the Jaguars’ offense.

DJ Chark Jr. has the feel of an impact rookie. The rookie second-round wide receiver has improved steadily throughout camp, and was consistently making plays by the end of the first full week. He has shown ability to get open on intermediate routes with consistency, and is showing the speed that made the Jaguars consider in him in Round 1 last April.

The running backs are deep. This may be a deeper spot than many realized entering camp. Not only is Fournette leaner, but reserve T.J. Yeldon has looked good running and receiving out of the backfield – and reserve Corey Grant had at least three big plays in the practice inside TIAA Bank Field. A player to watch here: reserve Brandon Wilds, who impressed on Friday working with the backups.


Mike Williams was the star of the day, catching everything thrown his way including a pair of touchdowns. His first was in the back of the end zone when he held onto the ball despite taking a big hit. The other was a great adjustment on a throw haul in the contested catch. Williams also had a huge catch downfield, rising high to make the catch over the defender.

Philip Rivers hit a wide-open Tyrell Williams on a play action pass deep downfield. Williams sped past the defense before going out of bounds at the one-yard line.

Virgil Green made a nifty grab 15-20 yards up the seam on a bullet from Rivers.

MIAMI DOLPHINS – Armando Salguero

Some random observations from Saturday’s Miami Dolphins scrimmage:

It’s almost like the starters got the day off. Ryan Tannehill, competing at Hard Rock Stadium for the first time since December of 2016, completed 3 of 6 passes for 22 yards. He rushed once for 16 yards.

Tannehill has spent much of the first two weeks of training camp building a chemistry with slot receiver Danny Amendola. And that was evident in that two of his three completions went to Amendola. – Omar Kelly

WR Rashawn Scott, who has spent the past two years on the Dolphins’ 53-man regular-season roster or practice squad, has put together three consecutive days of strong practices, reminding the coaches why the franchise has invested in him the past two seasons. Scott caught two passes during the scrimmage, and one was a 48-yarder from Bryce Petty that put the Dolphins in scoring territory.

QB Ryan Tannehill threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to TE Mike Gesicki during 7-on-7s.

QB Bryce Petty threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Leonte Carroo during 7-on-7s. The ball was under thrown, but the defender played it poorly. ...

NEW ENGLAND – The Boston Globe

Ryan Izzo: The rookie tight end made the play of the day, catching a Danny Etling pass that was slightly behind him. Izzo showed great concentration as he was inadvertently thumped by A.J. Moore just as the ball arrived.

RT Marcus Cannon, RB Sony Michel, G Jason King, and LB Marquis Flowers were not spotted at practice. A league source said Flowers missed practice to be at the birth of his child. It was the third consecutive missed practice for Cannon and Michel, and second straight for King.

WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) arrived in full pads but did his work on the rehab field with rookie DB Keion Crossen (back), who also was in full pads.

WR Kenny Britt, who is officially off the PUP list, and DE Trey Flowers split their work between the upper fields and lower field.

Kenny Britt participated in individual drills for the first time (he had one drop) as he took another step toward being a full participant. It wouldn’t be a surprise if that happens Tuesday, the team’s next on-field session.

Eric Decker made his debut wearing No. 81. The recently signed receiver did some individual drills and also worked in a side session with Brady and the other veteran receivers. Brady and Decker chatted for a short time after the period.

Mike Gillislee took the majority of the handoffs during full-team work. Rookie Ralph Webb took some as well, as James White, Rex Burkhead, Jeremy Hill, and Brandon Bolden effectively got the day off.
– Zach Cox

It appears Sony Michel’s knee injury is more severe than originally suspected. The New England Patriots rookie running back is expected to miss the entire preseason and potentially the start of the regular season, as well, as he recovers from the injury he suffered during Wednesday’s training camp practice, sources told Jeff Howe of The Athletic on Saturday.

Mike Reiss‏  @MikeReiss 

Sony Michel underwent the procedure to drain fluid from his knee after leaving Wednesday's practice following a running play. Those close to the situation don't seem too concerned regarding his availability for the regular season, but missing time in preseason is still notable.


Dan Leberfeld @jetswhispers

Sam Darnold bootleg right and hits TE Chris Herndon for a nice gain. Those two could be a nice combo for the Jets in the years to come.

Rich Cimini  @RichCimini

Darnold with a 30-yard completion to TE Neal Sterling. RB Trenton Cannon with a nice blitz pick-up. #Jets

Rich Cimini  @RichCimini

Rookie RB Trent Cannon gets the edge on a quick toss and gains 14 yards. Speed. #Jets

Rich Cimini‏  @RichCimini 

Now we're into the scrimmage: Josh McCown goes 3-for-3, leads a long scoring drive. Hits Bilal Powell for 52-yard TD (catch and run). Might have been a "sack" in a real game. #Jets

Rich Cimini‏  @RichCimini 

Rookie Trent Cannon splits out wide and makes a catch over the middle. Get him in space and watch out. He is fast. #Jets

Dianna Russini  @diannaESPN

After watching the Jets and talking to coaches and players after this Green and White practice scrimmage it is very clear...rookie QB Sam Darnold is adjusting to the NFL quicker than expected and his poise in the huddle is the bright spot.

ESPN-Facebook Page - Rich Cimini 

The most impressive player on the field was rookie RB Trent Cannon. Oh, that speed. When he's in space, watch out. He had runs of 18 and 14 yards, showing impressive burst on the perimeter. He also displayed some headiness with an important blitz pick-up on a long completion by Darnold. It'll be interesting to see him in the preseason games. Unofficially, he ran for 50 yards on 10 carries.

Rookie TE Chris Herndon continued to impress, hauling in four passes. In my opinion, he's been the best tight end in camp. Second-year TE Jordan Leggett sat out with an undisclosed injury. If he doesn't get back soon, he'll lose his spot to Herndon. Best TEs in camp, IMO: Herndon, Neal Sterling, Clive Warford and Eric Tomlinson.


Vic Tafur  @VicTafur

Gruden said Martavis Bryant needs to step it up, get more out of his reps. “Other WRs are doing well here at camp.” – Eddie Paskal

Dwayne Harris also enjoyed an impressive highlight Saturday afternoon, hauling in a one-handed pass of his own from EJ Manuel.

With 17 vets getting the day off, some of the younger players on the roster saw an uptick in their reps, and like he’s done the past few days, wide receiver Marcell Ateman made the most of his chances. The rookie wide receiver was once again all over the football field, making himself available to the team’s quarterbacks. Now a few weeks into camp, I think it’s safe to say that No. 88 has been one of the more pleasant surprises on the roster.


Dale Lolley @dlolley_pgh

Stevan Ridley loses the ball for a fumble. Steelers haven’t had many in this camp. #Steelers#dkps

Mark Kaboly  @MarkKaboly

Ben Roethlisberger overthrows JuJu Smith-Schuster, who apparently ran the wrong route for at least second time today already. Roethlisberger looks at Randy Fichtner and said, “His mind isn’t right today.” @TheAthleticPGH

Dale Lolley‏ @dlolley_pgh 

WR James Washington climbs the ladder to snare a third-down pass for a touchdown from Roethlisberger. #Steelers #dkps

Dale Lolley‏ @dlolley_pgh 

Tevin Jones with three catches from Roethlisberger in two-minute drill. Washington one. Offense at 5. #Steelers #dkps

Dale Lolley‏ @dlolley_pgh 

Trey Griffey has had two nice grabs in the end zone today. Laid out nicely on the last one to snare a pass from Rudolph. #Steelers #dkps

Jeremy Fowler  @JFowlerESPN

Steelers two-minute drill was fast-paced -- ball starts at midfield, about 1:40 on clock: By unofficial count: Roethlisberger: 5-of-7, TD to James Washington in corner Dobbs: 3-of-6 with scramble, no TD (three nice throws but stalled in RZ) Rudolph: 5-of-6, TD to Jaylen Samuels. – Jim Wexell

Rookie wide receiver James Washington beating Cam Sutton out of the slot with a quick move inside for the score in Seven Shots;
* Washington wide open for the bomb past experienced NFL vet Dashaun Phillips to haul in Josh Dobbs' long throw;
* Washington contorting his body in the end zone to catch the back-shoulder fade from college teammate Mason Rudolph. That was just one night.

The second-round pick is in fact the perfect replacement for Bryant on a team that's looking for a third receiver. The media are already marking his name down in that spot on the depth chart.


Receiver Corey Davis caught a nice pass from quarterback Marcus Mariota early in the session. Later, Davis hauled in a catch on the sideline.

Tight end Delanie Walker scored on a short touchdown catch from Mariota.

Receiver Deontay Burnett had a busy day, catching passes from Mariota and quarterback Blaine Gabbert. He made a really nice grab near the goalline.

Receiver Devin Ross caught a pair of short touchdown passes in a red zone drill.

Tight end Jonnu Smith caught a touchdown pass from Gabbert, and a few plays later receiver Darius Jennings scored in a red zone period.

Mariota connected with receiver Nick Williams for touchdown catch, with Jackson defending.


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