NFC Training Camp Notes Friday 8-3:Russell Wilson & Much More

Here are the #FantasyFootball NFC Training Camp Notes for Friday 8-3. Enjoy!!


Tre’Quan Smith was the New Orleans Saints’ third round draft pick this year and is hoping to make an impact on what remains one of the most talented wide receiver rotations in football this season.

Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn occupy the top two positions on the depth chart and slot receiver Cameron Meredith is expected to play a prominent role after the Saints signed him away from the Chicago Bears this offseason. But there’s enough room for Smith to get noticed, too, as he has during training camp.

Filling a role as a receiving target with the first team catching passes from quarterback Drew Brees and being used as an extra blocker on running plays. Observers have called Smith the breakout player of the summer.

DETROIT LIONS – Tim Twentyman

There’s a lot to like about WR Kenny Golladay’s big-play ability, and he showed it off the first play of a team period on Friday. Golladay lined up left on the outside, and was able to get behind the defense coming all the way across the field right as Stafford launched one down the field to find Golladay for a huge connection.

In another team drill later on in practice, Golladay made a nice catch along the right sideline in front of cornerback Teez Tabor on a comeback route.

Two things jump out about Golladay when watching him at practice: 1. He can high point the football as well as anyone because of his length. 2. He has pretty good body control for a young player. He uses his big frame to shield off defenders whenever he can, and has strong enough hands to make contested catches. – Mike O’Hara

Rookie Kerryon Johnson was drafted in the second round to improve the running game, but he’s shown he can do more than that. He also has receiving skills, as he showed on one play Friday morning. Johnson split wide right like a receiver and made a sharp in-cut to make a catch with his hands between two defenders. He might have the ability to be a three-down player, if needed.

Theo Riddick is regarded as one of the league’s top receiving backs, with the ability to run out of the backfield and in the slot. But a skill that doesn’t get noticed as much – except by teammates – is his ability as a blocker and pass protector. He showed that on one drill. He seldom gets beat.

Riddick had himself quite a red zone period Friday catching the football. He completely lost linebacker Jonathan Freeny on an option route over the middle for a big gain that probably would have been a score if the period was live. The next play Riddick lined up wide right and made a terrific leaping catch over Glover Quin along the sideline right at the end zone pylon. Riddick is certainly is a nice red zone weapon for Jim Bob Cooter to have in his back pocket. 


I have seen a change in Christian McCaffrey’s running style this year at Carolina Panthers training camp compared to last year. These days McCaffrey is running with more confidence. More confidence in his speed. More confidence in his ability. More confidence that he belongs.

No more juking. No more side stepping. That was rookie Christian McCaffrey. Now when CMC sees a hole, he hits it immediately and just keeps running. It appears he has learned his speed is enough to gain the needed yards, no side stepping required. And you know what? He is right. Although not as flashy, McCaffrey looks more like a starting NFL running back.

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has stated numerous times that McCaffrey is now the feature back of the Panthers. From witnessing McCaffrey first hand in training camp, I can report to you that he is not bluffing. When coach tells you CMC will get 25 carries a game, he isn’t bluffing.


Liz Mathews  @Liz_Mathews

Pete Carroll not concerned about Doug Baldwin's readiness for regular season via @TheSeahawksWire #Seahawks. – Aaron Fentress

WR Brandon Marshall, who missed the first few days of training camp with a hamstring injury, certainly looked agile and gifted while making a half spin in the air to snatch a back shoulder fade pass from quarterback Russell Wilson out of the air in the left corner of the end zone. 

After that play, however, Marshall pretty much shut it down for the remainder of practice. He's simply not all the way back, yet. – Bob Condotta

Taking advantage the last couple of days has been 2017 third-round pick WR Amara Darboh, who had a good day on Wednesday and on Friday with a leaping, hanging-in-the-air catch of a Russell Wilson pass over Byron Maxwell.

Darboh’s status as a third-round pick won’t hurt him in getting a long leash to show what he can do. As of today if you had to pick six receivers to make the final roster, I think he’d probably be on it, along with Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jaron Brown, Brandon Marshall and Marcus Johnson.

There was a clear pecking order when the team did a goal line drill midway through practice — Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and Mike Davis. C.J. Prosise and J.D. McKissic appear mostly slated for the two-minute/third-down back role for now.

Nick Vannett had his best day of camp catching about a 30-yard pass down the team from Wilson against tight coverage from Wagner to then set up his own short TD reception from Wilson a play later. He remains the starting tight end with Ed Dickson still out (though Carroll said Dickson should return soon).

Tyler Lockett had one of his best days of camp with two long receptions from Wilson.

DALLAS COWBOYS – Schuyler Dixon

The Cowboys don’t have a so-called No. 1 receiver after dumping Bryant, the franchise leader in touchdown receptions, in a cost-cutting move during the offseason. Cole Beasley, with 53 fewer career TDs (20), is the Dallas dean in a mix of holdovers, newcomers and rookies that lacks anyone even close to the pedigree of Bryant.

Before skipping a couple of practices with a mild leg issue, the 6-foot-1 Allen Hurns was with the diminutive pair of fellow newcomer Tavon Austin and Beasley in three-receiver sets with the first team. Austin and Beasley, both listed at 5-8, are on the field a lot together.

Hurns spent most of his four seasons with Jacksonville as an inside receiver but said his best year — the only 1,000-yard season among the dozen receivers the Cowboys brought to camp — came when he spent more time outside.

Michael Gallup, the first receiver drafted by Dallas post-Bryant as a third-rounder, is the rookie most likely to get significant playing time. Sixth-round pick Cedrick Wilson is probably out for the season with a shoulder injury sustained on the first day in pads at camp.

The receiver best built for the outside is the easiest one to forget: 6-2, 210-pound Terrance Williams, Dallas’ third-round choice five years ago. After breaking his foot in January, the former Dallas high school player was arrested for public intoxication in May coming off the first season of his career without a touchdown. – Michael Hogue

Third-round pick Michael Gallup has been the most impressive. He's at a position of need and is making plays. The receiver is smooth off the line and doesn't shy away from the physical aspect of the position.

I don't envision Gallup being a Day One starter but he will be a key part of the rotation and could work his way into the starting lineup before the season is done.


The Giant Insider @GiantInsider

Eli Manning had another strong practice. His accuracy was off the charts and showed good arm strength on deep balls. The only ball I remember hitting the turf was a drop by Wayne Gallman.

The Giant Insider‏ @GiantInsider 

Eli hits Odell Beckham, who makes a diving grab in end zone for a TD.

The Giant Insider‏ @GiantInsider 

Eli rolling right , throws a beautiful deep ball to Evan Engram but EE drops it . Eli looking sharp for third straight day.


WR Jake Kumerow has had another really nice day. He’s caught three or four passes from Aaron Rodgers during team periods so far. 

Free agent Kumerow might have been the second or third best WR behind Davante Adams on the roster through the first week of practice. Dusted Jaire Alexander deep on double move in one-on-one's Fri aft. In sync with 12, getting more reps with 1's. 

Kumerow and Rodgers dominating final period. Rodgers’ TD to Davante Adams vs Whitehead had no window. Like he walked up to him/dropped into hand. 

Jimmy Graham catches an Aaron Rodgers TD over Jermaine Whitehead in red-zone drills.

Jimmy Graham and Geronimo Allison just caught touchdowns against Josh Jones on back-to-back plays in the red zone. Not a great stretch for the former second-round pick.


Hail To The Hogs  @HailHogs

My biggest take away from #RedskinsCamp so far: Don’t sleep on Derrius Guice’s receiving skills. @DhaSickest is going to a bigger part of the passing game than people think. #HTTR

Quarterback Alex Smith started team drills, but eventually Colt McCoy and Kevin Hogan took over for him. They didn’t have too much work from a throwing standpoint, as most of the offense was predicated on running the ball. While there hasn’t been a breakout running back in the group yet, Byron Marshall, Kapri Bibbs, Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine took the majority of reps Thursday, leaving Martez Carter out of the rotation for the morning.

Marshall looked smooth cutting and accelerating towards the end zone on a 10-yard run and Kelley finished practice with a goal line rush up the middle.


Josh Mensch‏  @JoshMenschNFL 

Laquon Treadwell with a brutal drop that would have set up ~45 yd FG but forced to have Forbath kick from ~58 and he misses.

Josh Mensch‏ @JoshMenschNFL 

Stefon Diggs runs deep route from the slot and Cousins delivers nice pass but Diggs can’t hold on . Kendricks in coverage with both safeties closing in

Myles Gorham‏ @MylesGorham85 

Kendall Wright with some early drops today in Indy and in 2on2’s against the defense.

Arif Hasan‏  @ArifHasanNFL

Great over the shoulder catch from Treadwell over Waynes with a perfectly placed deep ball from Kirk. Despite drop earlier, Treadwell continues his great camp. – Sean Borman

In practice, Kirk Cousins was downright nasty. He delivered strike after strike, consistently put the ball right where it needed to be. In terms of passing ability he’s clearly at another level compared to the other quarterbacks on the roster.

The RB3 competition is heating up. Mack Brown had an impressive goal line run for a TD while Mike Boone showed off his speed in 11-on11 drills, yet the fan favorite still seems to be Roc Thomas. It’ll be interesting to see if one player can separate himself from the pack before the first preseason game next Saturday.

Kendall Wright had a rough day. He dropped multiple balls that should have been caught, including one in the flat that was inexcusable.

Although he also had his share of drops today, Laquon Treadwell continues to receive consistent targets. He hauled in a deep pass from Cousins during 11-on-11 drills after Everson Griffen caused a free play with a false start. Treadwell got open with regularity during today’s practice.


Running back Shaun Wilson has impressed during camp and has been getting reps with the second and third teams. Coach Koetter said in his post-practice press conference that although Wilson is a bit undersized, Wilson makes people miss. Coach also said he’s looking forward to seeing what Wilson can do in game action during the first preseason game at Miami next week.

Young receivers had a good day. Rookie Justin Watson had a couple of tough drops but he also made some fantastic plays. In one-on-ones he made a corner-of-the-end-zone catch where at first glance he looked to be out of bounds. Upon further review, he actually managed to get his second foot down in bounds, giving him the grab according to the line judge on hand.

Second-year player Bobo Wilson had a good day as well, showing off the offseason work he’s put in. He had a great catch from quarterback Jameis Winston in the corner of the end zone for the score during red zone drills.

Tight end O.J. Howard made the play of the day. He got past the middle level to make a one-handed grab look way too easy up the seam. That’s what happens when you leave Howard uncovered.

LOS ANGELES RAMS – Cameron DaSilva

Sean McVay said after practice Thursday that second-year tight end Gerald Everett injured his shoulder in practice Wednesday but the severity is not yet known. Everett is in line to be the No. 2 tight end for the Rams, but with a strong performance in the preseason and training camp, he could overtake Tyler Higbee for the top spot on the depth chart.

As noted yesterday, Everett suffered a shoulder injury in practice. The severity is unknown, but the missed time (regardless of how long) wont help the second-year tight end looking to make an impact on offense. Not only that, but first-string tight end Tyler Higbee has been impressive through training camp thus far. – Sosa Kremenjas 

WR Robert Woods and Jared Goff haven’t skipped a beat since last season. Woods instantly clicked with Goff, and the relationship has continued to evolve with more training time together. An intermediate WR who has no limitations to his game, Woods has grown his rapport as a dependent WR and playmaker within Head Coach Sean McVay’s scheme. Look for the connection to maintain a strong duo.



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