AFC Training Camp Notes 8-7: JuJu Smith Schuster & Much More


Here are a ton of AFC Training Camp Notes from Tuesday 8-8. Enjoy!!!

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Jamison Hensley  @jamisonhensley

Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon left the field with about an hour left in practice. He walked off with a trainer. This was Dixon’s fourth practice back since returning from a hamstring injury.

Both of the Ravens rookie tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews showed they can really stretch the middle of the field. Lamar Jackson's best throw was hitting Andrews down the seam.

Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman made a couple of strong catches. Perriman pulled in a pass along the right sideline and then laid out for a pass across the middle.

BUFFALO BILLS

BuffaloRumblings.com – Sean Murphy

Buffalo’s newest wide receiver Corey Coleman sported his number 19 jersey in his first Bills practice. It was announced that he would practice in a limited fashion, and in the early going, he worked in during drills against air. He caught a ball from AJ McCarron during the first session, but once 11-on-11 began, he mixed in with the third team. He eventually caught a pass from Josh Allen during that portion of practice.

Mike Rodak‏ @mikerodak 

Bills first 11-on-11 drill Tuesday is over. Not full speed and not in full pads, AJ McCarron and first team take three plays, while Peterman/second team and Allen/third team take only two plays each.

McCarron hit Charles Clay over the middle but later short armed a throw to Nick O’Leary and had it picked off by Tre’Davious White.

Peterman has a throwaway, and Allen hit Malachi Dupre and Keith Towbridge down the seam. Defense isn’t going full steam, so probably not a day to read too much into anything one way or another.

No first-team reps Tuesday for Josh Allen for the fourth practice in a row. Still exclusively with the third team.

BillsWire.USAToday.com – Nick Wojton

In the team’s quarterback rotation, it was AJ McCarron’s turn to run with the starters. Nothing out of the ordinary as Nathan Peterman did so on Monday.

McCarron appeared to struggle, though. He was intercepted by cornerback Tre’Davious White during early team drills after throwing an ugly, low pass to tight end Charles Clay over the middle that Clay adjusted for.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Local12.com – Richard Skinner

Tight end Tyler Eifert did not participate in Tuesday's practice after he was a full participant on Monday. It was likely a planned day off for Eifert as he continues his return from back surgery.

In the first 11-on-11 session after the rain inside PBS the team went through multiple red zone plays and the defense won most of them. The offense did score touchdowns on three straight plays - a three-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton to Joe Mixon in the left flat; a 12-yard TD pass from Dalton to Tyler Boyd over the middle and a 10-yard TD pass from Jeff Driskel to Ka'Raun White over the middle.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

ESPN.comTony Grossi

Browns rookie receiver Antonio Callaway was promoted to the team’s starting offense on Monday.

The day before, Callaway was stopped in his vehicle for a traffic violation at 2:59 a.m. by Strongsville police and cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.

Callaway came to the Browns with a checkered past. He was suspended his last season at Florida for involvement in a credit card fraud case. After declaring for the draft, he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine in February.

Fred Greetham @FredGreetham

#Browns statement on Antonio Callaway: “We’re aware of the citation (and) are in the process of gathering more information and will comment further at the appropriate time.”

Scott Petrak ct @ScottPetrak

#Browns won't move Josh Gordon off did not report list. But team won't penalize him regarding future free agency status for missing contractual deadline today.


DENVER BRONCOS

DenverPost.com – Ryan O’Halloran

Did not practice: TE Jeff Heuerman (knee, seventh missed practice), CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring, sixth), S Su’a Cravens (knee, fifth), TE Troy Fumagalli (groin, first) and inside linebacker Joseph Jones (foot, first).

Returned to practice: WR Philly Brown (concussion) worked for the first time since July 28 (seven consecutive missed practices). LG Ron Leary (ankle), DE Adam Gotsis (ankle) CB Marcus Rios (hip) returned after missing Saturday’s practice.

On a Case Keenum throw to the right sideline, WR Demaryius Thomas went full extension in the air to make the catch and get his feet inbounds.

The Broncos were down to four tight ends because of injuries to Jeff Heuerman (knee) and Troy Fumagalli (groin). Coach Vance Joseph said Heuerman is “hopefully back this week. He’s progressing.” Of Fumagalli, Joseph said: “He’s got a slight groin strain. He had the sports hernia surgery in the spring. He was really sore the last couple of days so we gave him a day to get better.”

HOUSTON TEXANS

HoustonChronicle.com – Aaron Wilson

Unlike a year ago when wide receiver Will Fuller broke his collarbone, the Texans had no major injuries. And star players coming off major injuries, including quarterback Deshaun Watson, defensive end J.J. Watt and outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus, have made impressive returns with no setbacks.

Losing weight to get down to 217 pounds, the Texans' Lamar Miller is much leaner and looks a lot more explosive than he did a year ago during a sluggish season.

Keke Coutee injured his hamstring. The dynamic rookie from Texas Tech strained his hamstring and will be out a few weeks. It's not a huge injury, but it was the only real significant one that happened at camp. Coutee should have an opportunity to compete for early playing time once his leg heals up.

Tight end still up in the air. The Texans need someone to step up from a position group still trying to replace retired starter C.J. Fiedorowicz. Ryan Griffin, Jordan Akins and Jordan Thomas have all had their moments, but this remains a position of uncertainty.

HoustonPress.com – Sean Pendergast

Of the many, many tight ends that the team has in camp, Jordan Thomas is the one that passes the "eye test" most easily. Like Henderson at tackle, Thomas is a massive individual, a 280 pound beast. Thomas catches the ball very fluidly for a man of his size, which shouldn't be a huge surprise considering he started his career as a wide receiver at Mississippi State. As a sixth round pick, Thomas is likely to make the team and might make an even bigger impact than his fellow rookie tight end, third round pick Jordan Akins.

Right now, with D'Onta Foreman on the PUP list, there are snaps to be had at running back, and the short-but-stout Troymaine Pope has been taking advantage of the opportunity. When I was at camp, they used Pope quite a bit as a receiver out of the backfield, and it would not shock me if the Texans slated him for a role in their backfield similar to guys like Shane Vereen, James White, and Dion Lewis have held in the backfield for the Patriots the last few years.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Tom James @TribStarTJames

Luck got that ball between two defenders. Coverage wasn't that bad. Just a great throw by Luck and the concentration by TY Hilton to haul it in.


JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Mike Kaye  @mike_e_kaye

Not a lot of throws today:
Bortles was 6-of-7 with his lone incompletion being an impressive pick by Ramsey.
Kessler was 5-of-7 as he had two throwaways.
Missed out on some Tanner Lee throws but no interceptions for the rook for the third straight day. #Jaguars

Tanner Lee connects with Dorren Miller on a go route during 7 on 7 with Charlie Miller in coverage. #Jaguars

Zach Goodall@zach_goodall

Jalen Ramsey with a beautiful, acrobatic INT on Bortles on a deep ball. Tight coverage, broke up a pass to Donte Moncrief and tipped the ball to himself as he fell down. #Jaguars

Eugene Frenette @GeneFrenette

Kessler with perfect strike over middle to DJ Chark for TD in 11-on-11. #Jaguars

BigCatCountry.com – Ryan Day

The amount of reps I’ve seen from Blake Bortles to Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been off the charts. Look for the tight ends to be a huge factor in the red zone this year.

FirstCoastNews.com – Mike Kaye

Running back Tim Cook stood out while taking on plenty of reps. He has shown the ability to take hits and keep going since the pads came on. He has also shown an ability to catch out of the backfield. Right now, Cook is competing with Brandon Wilds for the fourth running back job.


KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

247Sports.com – Kirk Larrabee

RB Damien Williams, who was signed on a one-year deal in free agency, entered camp as one of several competitors for a depth chart spot behind Kareem Hunt. Injuries have cleared the way to get him plenty of good looks at camp, and he's cashed in so far with a performance good enough to put him in the driver's seat for a place on the roster.  

"Damien’s doing a heck of a job," offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said Monday. "First of all, he’s a heck of a football player. Brett Veach did a great job of bringing him in, and he can do some things, now. He can catch the ball, he can block and he can also run. We love those type of players. We love good football players who can play the running back position. That gives us a whole different dimension and match-up issues for the opponent."

WR Demarcus Robinson has according to reports made a noticeable leap at camp as he moves into year three of his career. He was a talented but raw prospect coming out of the University of Florida in 2016, and with two years in the Chiefs' system under his belt, he's been making plenty of plays in camp. The Chiefs have a heavy amount of talent in the area of pass catchers, but they still may need to find ways to get Robinson involved this season. 

MIAMI DOLPHINS

MiamiHerald.com – Barry Jackson

Among practice highlights Tuesday: Tight end Mike Gesicki rising to catch a touchdown over Fitzpatrick — who had good coverage — on a throw from Osweiler during one-on-one drills.

But Gesicki again allowed a blitzer (Fitzpatrick) to get past him for a sack of Ryan Tannehill. “I’m going to make my weakness my strength,” Gesicki vowed.

Kenyan Drake opened with the starting running backs, as if often the case, but Gase gave some first-team work to rookie Kalen Ballage for the purpose of giving him experience with more established players.

MiamiDolphins.com – Alain Poupart

Wide receiver Isaiah Ford (shoulder) again was wearing a red (non-contact jersey). Tight end A.J. Derby took part in team drills for the first time in more than a week, though he practiced on a limited basis.

Rookie tight end Mike Gesicki again made a tough catch in the end zone despite tight coverage in a one-on-one drill.

Ryan Tannehill had a 15-yard completion to Kenny Stills on a third down in a two-minute drill.

Team drills ended with Bryce Petty throwing a short touchdown pass to Malcolm Lewis.

NEW ENGLAND

BostonGlobe.com – Jim McBride

RT Marcus Cannon, RB Sony Michel, G Jason King, and LB Harvey Langi were not spotted. This was the first camp practice Langi has missed.

Ralph Webb: In what was perhaps a precursor to his workload for Thursday night’s exhibition opener, the rookie running back took a ton of handoffs and even caught some passes. 

Eric Decker: The new receiver caught his first pass as a Patriot, grabbing an intermediate route over the middle from Brian Hoyer.

Brian Hoyer: The veteran was locked in during his periods, completing 14 of 19 passes during 11-on-11 work. Perhaps his best throw was a back-shoulder dart to Phillip Dorsett, who had turned on a dime and left cornerback Jomal Wiltz grabbing at air.

Jeremy Hill: The big back had the ball ripped out of his hands by Keionta Davis after letting up at the end of a run. He ran a penalty lap for the infraction.

Danny Etling: The rookie quarterback had one rough stretch against the top defense, with Dont’a Hightower picking off his first pass and Stephon Gilmore batting down (and nearly picking) his second one.

Tom Brady again saw limited action in full team snaps, going 4 of 7. He was 8 of 12 overall. Hoyer was 15 of 22 overall. Etling received a ton of snaps and completed 19 of 29 passes in full team work. He’ll likely get the bulk of the snaps Thursday night.

Julian Edelman secured a bobbling ball and kept his feet inbounds on an early pass from Brady.

Braxton Berrios showed nice concentration and body control by snagging an Etling pass that was deflected by Jordan Richards. The rookies connected again when Berrios made a diving, sliding catch across the middle.

Brady hit Rob Gronkowski with a beautiful seam pass after the defense forgot to cover the big tight end.

Riley McCarron made a nice sideline grab of a Hoyer pass that was deflected at the line. McCarron also dusted rookie Duke Dawson on a long TD pass from Hoyer.

NEW YORK JETS

Dennis Waszak Jr.  @DWAZ73

Trenton Cannon appears to be ok after leaving practice late yesterday and having his left ankle/foot checked out.

Among those who it appears not practicing today: Quincy Enunwa, Thomas Rawls, Kelvin Beachum, Steve McLendon, Parry Nickerson, Kevin Pierre-Louis, David Bass, Jordan Leggett.

Terrelle Pryor, who has seen his workload increase, takes a short pass from Bridgewater and turns it into a long gain before being forced out of bounds by Adams.

Darnold avoids the rush, rolls to his left and throws on the run to connect with Jonah Trinnaman, who dives to make an impressive catch.

Bridgewater to Robby Anderson for a TD in red-zone team drills.

Terrelle Pryor shows off his athleticism (and that he’s just about healthy) by going high and making a one-handed grab over Derrick Jones for a TD from Darnold. Pryor gets high-fives from the offense on the sideline.

This TE competition really is intriguing. Each one of these guys - Tomlinson, Herndon, Walford & Sterling -make plays regularly. Leggett falling behind others because of injury.

Crowell takes a handoff from McCown and can’t hold onto the ball as he’s hit by Middleton. Crowell shaking his left hand as he heads to sideline. Left elbow area also being checked by trainer. Crowell appears to be ok, btw.

Tre McBride reaches out to grab a pass from McCown and gets into the end zone. McBride has flashed at times throughout camp.

On 4th-and-1 from about the 11, Darnold throws a strike to Herndon for a TD. Another up-and-down day for the rookie QB, but he’s got 4 red-zone TDs. 

Terrence Brooks reads Bridgewater the whole way and picks him off. Believe that is Bridgewater’s first INT in team drills this camp.


OAKLAND RAIDERS

ESPN.com – Paul Gutierrez

Raiders camp Day 12 rookie report: Undrafted running back Chris Warren is big…for a running back. The 6-foot-2, 246-pounder from Texas got a lot of early run in team drills against the Lions. But after one rush, Warren was lambasted by coach Jon Gruden for having his pad level too high. Adjustment made. Because one Warren snap later, Warren came through the line, lower, and absolutely demolished Detroit linebacker Jarrad Davis. Yes, Davis looked like those old Heathcliff spread-eagle dolls that people put on their car windows back in the day as Davis flew through the air, and onto his back, as Warren trucked into the end zone.

Tim Kawakami‏  @timkawakami 

Raiders running backs, especially Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin, looked fast. I'd heard Lynch was lighter and faster this camp, and that was obvious today. Raiders' OL on the 9-on-7 drills was crunching people.

NFL Update‏ @MySportsUpdate

The #Raiders traded a 3rd-round pick for Martavis Bryant, but he's not getting first team reps. During today's joint practice w/ Detroit, Cooper & Nelson were out wide, while Ryan Switzer was in the slot.

Matt Kawahara @matthewkawahara

Undrafted rookie RB Chris Warren III came off field after one carry with Gruden yelling: “Lower your pads!” His next rep: Warren dips a shoulder and flattens LB Jarrad Davis #Raiders

Raiderswire.usatoday.com – Luke Straub

Coach Jon Gruden craves versatility, something Warren could provide for the Raiders in 2018. The 6-foot-2 inch, 247-pound Warren rushed for 1,150 career yards at the University of Texas, averaging 5.6 yards per try. And he can catch the ball too. He finished with 23 receptions for 242 yards during three years in Austin.

Warren has also shown ability as a blocker, and he could possibly be used as a running back/fullback hybrid. His skill set is vastly different from the Raiders’ pair of third-year running backs, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington, who are diminutive halfbacks that lack the diverse skills Warren possesses, other than being able to catch as well as run.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Dale Lolley @dlolley_pgh

Artie Burns picks off Landry Jones and returns it for a score. Justin Hunter fell down. #Steelers#dkps

Steelers-Depot.com – Alex Kozora

David DeCastro and Marcus Gilbert returned after getting Sunday off. Joe Haden returned from an undisclosed injury while JuJu Smith-Schuster (left knee) and Marcus Tucker(right ankle), thankfully returned in full. Darrius Heyward-Bey was in uniform today. He went through walk through and individual work. Not 100% sure if he worked in team too.

Ben Roethlisberger at QB. Fade right corner for JuJu Smith-Schuster. Joe Haden tips it into the air. Morgan Burnett toe tap for the INT.

Ben in an empty set. Roethlisberger targets JuJu again on a crosser right to left. Touchdown, Haden trailing.

Ben for JuJu on a slant, making the catch in front of Haden – again – the corner diving out and tackling him at the back of the end zone.

Roethlisberger for Justin Thomas on a dig for a touchdown. Pitch and catch.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Jim Wyatt @jwyattsports

WR Corey Davis back on practice field this morning for @Titans

Corey Davis cane out early in uniform for @Titans practice and went through stretch. But he’s not taking part in today’s practice

TitansOnline.com – Jim Wyatt

Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson had a big day, starting with one-on-one drills. Jackson stepped in front of a receiver Tajae Sharpe and intercepted a pass thrown by quarterback Marcus Mariota. Jackson later made a great read and nearly intercepted Mariota again in team drills. He’s been around the football a lot of late.

Sharpe made his way past Jackson and extended the football across the goal line for a touchdown earlier in 1-on-1 drills, when receiver Taywan Taylor got open for a score. Sharpe scored later himself in a red zone period.

Tight end Anthony Firkser, an undrafted free agent from Harvard, continues to make plays in practice. Keep an eye out for him in preseason games. I have a feeling he’s going to be busy.

Tight end Ethan Wolf made back-to-back catches in one period, and tight end Jonnu Smith made a nice grab as well. 

 

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