Training Camp Notes 8-1: Doug Baldwin & More
Here are a ton of Fantasy Training Camp Notes from 8-1. Enjoy!!!
Austin Hooper and Matt Ryan spending time together this offseason is paying off. The two just connected on a deep pass down the left sideline with Hooper making a nice, leaping catch over Duke Riley. #Falcons
Jonnu Smith back on practice field this morning for @Titans
TheAdvocate.com – Joel Erickson
In addition to rookie safety Kamrin Moore (hamstring) and center Cameron Tom (shoulder), first-round pick Marcus Davenport, veteran tight end Benjamin Watson and running back Shane Vereen all missed Wednesday's practice with undisclosed injuries.
Davenport, who appeared to suffer an injury late in Monday's practice, and Vereen, who left the field midway through Monday's session, were both present at practice but not participating.
Watson, who left the field with a trainer early in Monday's practice, was not spotted at Wednesday's session. On the other side of the coin, veteran tight end Michael Hoomanawanui was activated off of the non-football injury list and practiced on Wednesday.
Floyd’s addition comes on the heels of the Saints adding former LSU product Travin Dural, who broke a bone in his upper arm during practice recently, to the injured reserve list, and the team also signed wideout Brandon Tate, The Times Picayune revealed.
#Jets TE Jordan Leggett isn't in pads today. Working with the trainer. He won't practice today. Leggett competing for the starting job vacated by Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Jets love rookie Chris Herndon, FYI. #Jetscamp
Musgrave singled out De’Angelo Henderson among RBs who have impressed. #9sports
News story: Patriots release WR Jordan Matthews, as health of position an early concern for team at training camp. dlvr.it/QdVGCH
Jimmy Garoppolo put on a clinic during red zone 1-on-1s. He threw touchdowns to Aaron Burbridge, Dante Pettis, Kendrick Bourne and Aldrick Robsinson. #49ersCamp
49ers.com – Joe Fann
Max McCaffrey had two touchdowns, both coming on full-extension catches in tight coverage. Richie James and Steven Dunbar also had touchdowns.
Garoppolo threw a fastball to WR Kendrick Bourne for a 10-yard touchdown. The offensive line gave him a great pocket, and Bourne found a soft spot in the defense.
Garoppolo found Matt Breida for a touchdown in the middle of the end zone.
C.J. Beathard hit Dante Pettis near the goal line. It may have been just short of a score in a real game, but it was a nice throw and catch all the same.
During a move-the-ball period, Garoppolo hit Pettis with a beautiful pass towards the left sideline to convert on 3rd-and-16. Pettis made a sliding catch to move the chains. A few plays later, Pettis beat Witherspoon deep and hauled in another perfect throw from Garoppolo for a 40-yard touchdown.
Garoppolo found George Kittle for several long completions. He found his tight end deep down the middle and found a way to thread a pass over Malcolm Smith's outstretched arm. Kittle later recorded a snazzy one-handed catch down the right sideline.
Jerick McKinnon had his daily handful of receptions during full-team drills.
Bloggingtheboys.com – Connor Livesay
Entering camp, all the talk was about Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley, Michael Gallup, and Terrance Williams, Deonte Thompson was seemingly an afterthought, but according to Bryan Broaddus of the Mothership, Thompson may be a guy we need to pay attention to.
At the start of training camp, many thought Thompson was a long shot to even make the roster due to the plethora of bodies at the wide receiver position. If Thompson continues to shine in training camp, he may be less of just a body, and more of a weapon for Dak Prescott.
We are only in the second week of training camp, but from the sights and sounds of practice, Dak Prescott has looked Deonte Thompson’s way a ton so far. He will need to continue to keep that up in order to reserve himself a roster spot, but he’s certainly off to a fantastic start.
Nice back and forth in three 1-on-1 reps between Byron Jones and Tavon Austin. Jones forced two incompletions and then Tavon got a TD on the last rep. All go routes toward the end zone. #cowboyswire
wkbw.com – Joe Buscaglia
In all of the extended work during 11-on-11s, the statistical results were unkind to the eye test. A.J. McCarron, by my count, completed 13-of-20 passes, had one interception, was sacked five times and had his pass dropped by the receiver three times. For Nathan Peterman, he went 13-of-19, took three sacks, and had one pass dropped by an intended target. As for rookie Josh Allen, he completed just 9-of-20 passes, was also sacked three times, and had three of his catchable passes dropped.
McCarron was accurate, pushed the ball down the field, and was stepping into the pocket to avoid the rush. That was for the first 10 or so attempts. After that, though, the rest of McCarron's day involved holding on to the ball way too long and only putting the ball to closer targets than he had in the first half of team drills. McCarron has been holding on to the ball for far too long every day at camp so far. Through the last five days, McCarron has been called down for a sack a total of 13 times.
With Peterman, he dished aside a slow start to get into a groove, and at one point had completed 11-of-13 passes. That's the point when Peterman seemed to hit a wall, and also came close to a turnover.
With Allen, his 9-of-20 does not pass the eye test, but he threw the prettiest two passes of the day -- both hitting his target correctly in stride for a significant gain. Allen was pushing the ball down the field farther than either McCarron or Peterman, which could also influence the statistics a bit.
Sam Darnold is absolutely terrific on designed rollouts. He's making some solid decisions. Good elusiveness. Taking risks, so it's far from perfect. But he looks pretty good overall. #JetsCamp
Sam Darnold leads a 10-play drive, but it sputters at the 20. He was 5 for 7, showing nice accuracy on designed rollouts. That’ll be a big part of the passing offense. #Jets
Seahawks’ WR Doug Baldwin’s knee injury could force him to miss most, if not all, of the preseason, however doctors are hopeful and confident that he will be able to return for the start of the regular season, sources tell @FieldYates and me.
theadvocate.com – Nick Underhill
It is starting to feel like WR Cam Meredith is heating up. After making a highlight-worthy catch on a pass from Barrett late during Monday’s rain-soaked practice, the wide receiver carried the momentum into Wednesday’s session. He started off by making an impressive back-shoulder catch over P.J. Williams during one-on-ones, and then caught a pass from Hill during team drills. It is easy to forget Meredith has been out of action for a year due to a knee injury. It is going to take some time before he is fully up to speed, but it looks like he’s starting to get on the right path.
It is still early, and judging running backs is not the easiest thing to do from the media’s vantage point at practice, but there were a few moments worth discussing. Jonathan Williams had a pair of long gains on Wednesday. But he wasn’t alone. Trey Edmunds also had a long run, while Terrence West seems to be one of the more consistent members of the group. West hasn’t had a big highlight, but he also doesn’t seem to lose yards very often.
Jordan Wilkins is a Day 3 draft pick who could be seeing quite a few reps early in the season:
ESPN.com – Paul Gutierrez
Raiders Camp Day 6 Play of the Day: If White Lightning has lost a step, it is one precious few had to begin with. Indeed, Jordy Nelson, entering his 11th NFL season has done more than flash at camp thus far, Wednesday, he showed his quicks on a slant-and-go. Nelson shook Reggie Nelson on his in-cut before simply running by Tevin Mitchell and hauling in Derek Carr’s beautifully-placed long ball for the touchdown.
PhiladephiaEagles.com – Fran Duffy and Ben Fennell
The first team period begins as the team meets up on the far side of the field for some red zone work. The action was moving away from us, so it was tough to see, but Zach Ertz got a lot of action as the X-Iso receiver on the back side of three-receiver sets. This is a role where Ertz thrived last year (he caught the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl LII from that spot), and we saw plenty of him there on Wednesday. On the first play, he catches a ball near the left pylon. Two plays later, he lines up there again, but the ball doesn’t go his way. Instead, Nick Foles hits Nelson Agholor for a touchdown from the slot on the opposite side of the field.
The second-team units on both sides of the ball take the field, and as TE Dallas Goedert jogs out of the huddle, Ben says to me, ‘Man, I’d love to see them go to Goedert here.’ Just like that, Goedert catches two straight touchdowns down on the goal line. The first was made in one-handed fashion in the right flat, and the second came over the middle of the field on a slant route. In a later red zone drill, Goedert scored a touchdown in the back of the end zone over safety Rodney McLeod.
The other player who stood out to me in this drill was veteran receiver Markus Wheaton, who showed off his savvy as a route runner on more than one occasion. Wheaton beat safety Stephen Roberts on an in-breaking route for his first rep, then followed that up with a really slick curl route for a catch a few plays later. Wheaton ended his reps by forcing Reaves to throw him to the ground at the top of a route, drawing an obvious flag, at the end of the drill.
As the Eagles are rolling out two-tight end formations with Ertz and Goedert, we’re getting our glimpse into how a defense could potentially match up against it. The Eagles practiced several 12 personnel (one running back, two tight end) sets in the second red zone session with both Ertz and Goedert on the field. The defense would respond with a "big nickel" package featuring three safeties. One rep saw Malcolm Jenkins cover Ertz extremely well, but Goedert was able to shake Jordan Hicks for a touchdown on the opposite side of the field.
Nick Foles completed a pass to Richard Rodgers, then saw two incompletions thanks to pass breakups from Nigel Bradham and Sidney Jones. He came back with a touchdown throw to Nelson Agholor, where Nelson fully extended his arms for a great catch in the back of the end zone. Agholor had another really nice day on Wednesday. Later in the same period, the former first-round pick spun around and made a tough catch in traffic on a pass thrown behind him on the run.
Carson Wentz looked sharp on Wednesday, hitting Rashard Davis in the back corner of the end zone for a beautifully thrown touch pass to get things going. Two plays later, he hit Ertz on a quick in-breaker right at the goal line for another touchdown (something we saw a lot of in 2017). In his next series, Wentz hit Wheaton in the back of the end zone on a crossing route.
Donnel Pumphrey saw a lot of reps with the first- and second-team groups on Tuesday, and it appeared that the coaches tried to give Wendall Smallwood the same opportunity today.
Jaguars WR Marqise Lee practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, but did not work in team drills. WR Donte Moncrief (ankle) continued to work on the side. Both sustained injuries last weekend.
QB Blake Bortles was sharp early Wednesday, peppering the secondary during early receiver/defensive back and red-zone drills. CB AJ Bouye intercepted Bortles later in practice and returned it for a touchdown.
Blake Bortles on rookie WR DJ Chark Jr.: “He has gotten better each and every day. We talk about it in the quarterback room all the time. He is definitely headed in the right direction and on the right track.”
Sun-Sentinel.com – Dave Hyde
After Adam Gase said Albert Wilson was only an outside receiver, Wilson lined up in the slot at times on Wednesday.
247Sports.com – Josh Edwards
"Baker Mayfield is doing great. Tyrod Taylor is doing great. This thing is going to play out just like I told you it would. I am not going to change. I think that you guys are judging every day what happens and ‘this might happen, that might happen.’ No. I am not like that. We are going to grow our football team. We are going to grow our quarterbacks. Tyrod Taylor is our quarterback. Baker Mayfield is competing and getting better each and every day, still learning the National Football League. Has done a really nice job of learning our system and improving every day. Tyrod Taylor has too, and so has (QB) Drew Stanton. We have a really good room. I am excited about our room," Hue Jackson finished.
ESPN.com – Adam Teicher
With the offense close to the goal line, QB Pat Mahomes dropped to pass but had a running lane so wide he could have scored the touchdown himself. Mahomes instead threw into the end zone, where the pass was intercepted by reserve defensive back Leon McQuay.
It was a learning moment for Mahomes and a mistake he might not make again. But it's not the only mistake he has made in camp. He threw two other interceptions Wednesday and has seven in six camp practices. Six of the picks have come during the three practice sessions in pads, when play is most competitive.
Mahomes -- who only played in one game last season as a rookie -- is also making his share of big plays at practice. On Wednesday he threw over the top to Tyreek Hill for a long touchdown pass.
Musiccitymiracles.com – Mike B. Herndon
Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis both had good days, but Henry really stood out. He opened the team period with a really nice windback run off a zone look. That’s the second time I’ve seen that run open up big during practice and again Henry hit it hard and got in to the second level. Henry also stood out in ways that were encouraging for his overall development as a back. Possibly the hardest hit of practice was Henry stepping in to pick up a blitzing Jayon Brown in pass protection.
Henry also has been better than most would anticipate as a pass catcher. The Titans offense has spent a lot of time flexing backs out wide and letting them run routes as a receiver. Henry will never have the quicks of a guy like Dion Lewis, but he’s quite capable of doing some damage as a receiver and he gives QB Marcus Mariota a big target on slants. It was a good all-around day for the Titans young starting running back.
WR Rishard Matthews got some good news today as Jonathan Hutton of Midday 180 reported that the Titans receiver was out running routes before practice today, something we haven’t seen from him until today. Hutton said that Matthews looked good, with no noticeable limp or restrictions. Hopefully that means we see him back on the field soon.
Mariota was sharper today I thought. He had one bad miss on a throw to Luke Stocker in the flats, but besides that he was mostly accurate. He continues to be exceedingly accurate on deep throws down the field. Fades and posts have been on the money from Mariota consistently in camp which bodes well for the offense’s ability to create explosive plays in the passing game this season.
WR Corey Davis was back in action after getting a planned day off on Monday. He had a couple good moments. My favorite was a post route in the red zone working against Adoree Jackson in a 7v7 period. He did a great job of leaning in to Jackson at the top of the route before breaking back inside to create separation and then went up high to catch the ball in the back of the end zone. He did have a bad drop during a team period though. He got free deep on a post route and Mariota dropped a great ball in, but he bobbled it and eventually had it knocked away by the recovering defensive back.
Taywan Taylor continues to stack good days on top of each other. He simply eats defensive backs alive during 1v1 drills with his quickness in and out of breaks and has no issues beating press coverage there. He also made a great contested catch in the middle of the field on a deep dig with at two or three defenders all converging on him. I’m not 100% sure that Matthews steps right back in to the #2 spot when he comes back.
Dion Lewis looked excellent on some catches out of the backfield. He is just ridiculously quick. He also took a carry around the corner for what would have been a touchdown during team period. The Titans backfield is going to be really good.
TE Anthony Firkser continued to get some reps high in the rotation despite the return of Smith and Stocker. It’s clear that he has made an impression and he continued his good play today with a couple catches.
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Antonio Brown sat out of practice with an undisclosed injury.
BigBlueRview.com – Patricia Traina
Tight end Evan Engram had a dropped pass today. By my unofficial count, he’s now dropped at least one in each of the last two practices. Last year he led all NFL tight ends with 11 dropped balls.
For most of the summer the Giants’ front seven was having its way with the first-team offensive line. Not so much today.
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