With 2022 NFL training camps on the point of hit high gear, young starting quarterbacks across the league are getting useful reps.
On the Latest England Patriots camp on Friday, onlookers anticipated that quarterback Mac Jones would raise his level of performance after the offense was almost shut out completely, scoring only one touchdown on 11 repetitions in a red zone drill at the top of Thursday’s practice.
Jones didn’t disappoint, showing that his reference to tight end Jonnu Smith is in a greater place than it was for many of 2021. On one play, Jones lofted a couple of 20-yard pass to Smith behind the top zone, with safety Kyle Dugger in coverage, and Smith leaped high to snare the pass for a touchdown. Smith, who later caught one other touchdown from Jones, then followed with an emphatic spike.
While he was mostly sharp, Jones did throw his first interception of camp — right into the chest of cornerback Jalen Mills.
In Philadelphia, quarterback Jalen Hurts and the offense had a rocky outing Friday following a powerful showing within the opening practice. In Tennessee and Washington, it was young receivers who made their mark.
Here’s what you have to know from camps across the league:
What our NFL Nation reporters saw today
Washington Commanders: Second-year receiver Dyami Brown must be an even bigger threat for Washington in his second season. A 3rd-round pick in 2021, he caught just eight passes. But his speed still excites Washington, and Friday he made a terrific catch. On the play, quarterback Carson Wentz threw deep down the left side to Brown. Corner Kendall Fuller was in perfect position to intercept the ball with Brown pinned to his side. But as Fuller prolonged for the ball, Brown jumped and reached over the veteran and snagged the ball as they fell to the bottom.– John Keim
Philadelphia Eagles: Quarterback Jalen Hurts and the offense struggled following a powerful showing within the opening practice.
“It didn’t look good,” center Jason Kelce said.
Corner Avonte Maddox provided certainly one of the defensive highlights, elevating to intercept a floating Hurts pass intended for tight end Dallas Goedert.
“It’s Day 2 of camp. We’ll get it right,” Goedert said.– Tim McManus
Tennessee Titans: Rookie wide receiver Treylon Burks turned in one other outstanding day of labor. He used his size to create separation and win reps in one-on-one period. The momentum rolled over to group periods of practice when he caught a few passes from Ryan Tannehill in traffic across the center.– Turron Davenport
Green Bay Packers: Given his injury history, it might’ve been easy to say “Usual Sammy Watkins” when he began camp on the non-football injury (NFI) list. However the veteran receiver the Packers signed within the offseason was relieved after he was capable of start practicing on Day 3 of camp. He said he felt what he called “a tweak” in certainly one of his hamstrings following a pre-camp workout.
“The following day I went out and ran routes and ran around and felt great, and I believe I used to be sort of in my very own head [thinking], ‘Man, this happened again,'” Watkins said. “However it was really nothing.” His return to practice on Friday got here on a day when the Packers conducted only a brief, half-speed practice. Still, Watkins was capable of catch a number of passes from Aaron Rodgers as he eased his way back.– Rob Demovsky
Kansas City Chiefs: Newly signed defensive end Carlos Dunlap was not at practice. Dunlap told the Chiefs he needed a number of days to get some things so as at home and won’t return to camp until the center of next week. — Adam Teicher
Latest England Patriots: Rookie guard Cole Strange, the team’s first-round pick, ended practice with an exclamation point as coach Bill Belichick summoned him as a part of a punt-catching competition. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Strange hauled in a single punt, after which when undrafted rookie defensive lineman DaMarcus Mitchell (Purdue) missed his attempt, Strange followed by catching one other with a football already in his grasp. That set off a wild celebration by the offense, which didn’t necessarily win anything apart from bragging rights. — Mike Reiss
Latest York Jets: Newly-signed linebacker Kwon Alexander can be brought along slowly as he gets into football shape. The Jets’ plan is to have him work on his own for a few days before getting on the practice field next week for limited work. He was unsigned because the end of last season, so he had no offseason program. He can be utilized in the ‘Sam’ and ‘Will’ linebacker spots, starting up as a backup.
“No expectations,” said coach Robert Saleh, who coached him in San Francisco. “(He) just has to do what he all the time does, which is to bring a variety of juice, a variety of energy.” — Wealthy Cimini
Carolina Panthers: The Panthers ranked in the underside half of the NFL last season in scoring points before halftime, so at the top of practice coach Matt Rhule gave quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield each a likelihood to see what they might do with 1:45 left on the clock. Darnold engineered a touchdown drive because of pass interference on a deep pass and a circus catch ultimately zone by wide receiver Shi Smith after the ball was tipped by a defender.
Mayfield’s group produced a protracted field goal as time expired. Carolina also ranked in the underside half of the league in red zone scoring in 2021. Darnold went 0-for-4 on his first series there Friday. Mayfield went 1-for-4. Darnold did complete his first deep pass of practice with a 40-plus yard strike to Terrace Marshall Jr. — David Newton
Buffalo Bills: Starting safety Micah Hyde was injured while attempting to intercept a Josh Allen pass. Hyde dropped the ball as he got here to the bottom. After a few seconds, starting safety Jordan Poyer motioned to the team’s athletic trainers, who got here over to take care of Hyde. Multiple Bills players took a knee while Hyde was checked out and the music playing was turned off.
He limped off the sphere with their assistance and held the back of his leg at one point before sitting within the passenger seat of cart, which took him to the team’s locker room. Hyde is coping with a hip/glute injury that continues to be being evaluated. He and Poyer make up arguably the very best safety tandem within the NFL, so any time missed can be a giant loss for this Bills defense. Jaquan Johnson and Damar Hamlin filled in for Hyde the remainder of practice. — Alaina Getzenberg
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Commanders’ Chase Young to miss no less than season opener
Washington defensive end Chase Young will miss no less than the season opener — and possibly more — due to a knee injury he suffered late last yr. One team source had told ESPN this month that Young would return mid-September on the earliest.
Cardinals’ J.J. Watt not a fan of ‘bobblehead’ Guardian Cap
Arizona’s Watt will not be a fan of wearing the Guardian Cap during training camp and wasn’t shy in sharing his thoughts on Friday.
“You’re feeling like a bobblehead,” Watt deadpanned. “Such as you’re gonna fall over. I’ll probably get fined for this. That is great. … There’s 15 grand gone.”
The Guardian Cap is required for all offensive linemen, defensive linemen, tight ends and linebackers during training camp practices until the second preseason game.
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