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NFL training camp updates 2022


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For many teams, Monday marked the primary day players suited up in pads for 2022 NFL training camp, a sure sign that things are getting real ahead of Thursday’s Hall of Fame game kickoff between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders on the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

It is also the primary time that some players hit the sector for practice. San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel made his camp debut after inking his three-year contract extension value as much as $73.5 million. Denver Broncos receiver KJ Hamler returned from his torn left ACL, and Carolina Panthers second-year cornerback Jaycee Horn was back in motion after breaking his right foot during his rookie campaign. Neither of them played after Week 3 last season as a consequence of their injuries.

With the pads on, things are picking up throughout the NFL. Who made a mark Monday? Who got dinged up? Who had probably the most fun?

Here’s what you have to know from camps across the league:

What our NFL Nation reporters saw today

Miami Dolphins: Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa continued to look calm and decisive as a passer. He did throw a red zone interception to cornerback Trill Williams after a miscommunication with receiver Jaylen Waddle, but he and Waddle connected for a touchdown earlier in practice with All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard draped throughout him. Tagovailoa’s accuracy has been a highlight of his camp to date, as is his willingness and talent to throw the deep ball — something he didn’t do much of in the course of the 2021 season. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Recent York Jets: The Zach Wilson-led offense sputtered in its first true test of coaching camp — a “live” 11-on-11 at the tip of practice. The Jets call it a “move the ball” period, but Wilson & Co. actually didn’t move the ball. Two possessions, two three-and-outs. “Not so hot,” offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur said. Coach Robert Saleh claimed the “defense was on fire,” which is what you’d expect a defensive-minded coach to say. It was one other lackluster practice for the second-year quarterback Wilson, who couldn’t get much going after a protracted touchdown pass to receiver Elijah Moore at the beginning of practice. LaFleur said Wilson is making every day, nuanced improvement in his game. — Wealthy Cimini

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Atlanta Falcons: There wasn’t the large pop you normally see from the primary day of padded practices with the Falcons, however it was obvious how good of a player defensive tackle Grady Jarrett is once the pads got here on. Jarrett, it appeared like, was within the backfield and making massive differences against the Falcons’ offensive line throughout the primary day with pads. It could have been more noticeable had the Falcons been allowed to take players to the bottom — they don’t seem to be — but Jarrett became a continuing disruption to offensive consistency against left guard Elijah Wilkinson and center Drew Dalman, who were with the primary team Monday as they compete with Jalen Mayfield (left guard) and Matt Hennessy (center) for starting roles. — Michael Rothstein

Washington Commanders: Receiver Curtis Samuel, who played just five games last season due to a groin and later a hamstring injury, didn’t practice Monday. Washington began reducing his workload in practice late last week. Coach Ron Rivera said Samuel will not be coping with any groin issues, but they wish to take it slowly with him. They first desired to see where he was physically early in camp. On the second day, he cut sharply after the catch to create extra yards. Nevertheless, since then, he hasn’t done much in full-team drills. “It’s all in regards to the plan,” Rivera said. “[After] taking a look at him, there was just a little concern about football conditioning and shape. You’ll be able to condition all you wish, but to come back back and do some things you must do, you’ve got to be smart about it.” The excellent news for Washington: running back Antonio Gibson did return to full-team work after being limited with a minor hamstring issue last week. — John Keim

Tennessee Titans: Rookie cornerback Roger McCreary had a very good day. McCreary broke up five passes during team and 7-on-7 periods. He also had sticky coverage during 1-on-1s, where he has consistently been matched up against first-round pick Treylon Burks. “Our essential focus is to get one another higher,” McCreary said after practice. “If he makes a superb play, I tell him ‘good job.’ We talk forwards and backwards.” — Turron Davenport

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs got a scare when quarterback Patrick Mahomes received attention from the trainers on the sideline after being stepped on by a teammate late in practice. Mahomes left one play before the tip of his scheduled time, and retreated to the medical tent to permit trainers to look at his left foot. He returned to the practice field in time to affix his teammates for his or her usual post-practice stretching and running routine. Mahomes later said he could be high quality, however the situation bears watching. — Adam Teicher

Buffalo Bills: The Bills’ defense was the general winner of the team’s second practice in pads — partly due to the continued shuffling of the offensive line as a consequence of injuries and the corresponding strong play of the line of defense, including defensive tackle Ed Oliver, who has had a superb camp. A fight broke out during Monday’s session, and there have been some impressive moments, but linebacker Tremaine Edmunds’ interception of quarterback Josh Allen is worthy of recognition. For Edmunds to take one other step forward in his fifth season and a contract yr, he must make more splash plays, which defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said, “will help propel us to a different level.” Toward the tip of practice, the center linebacker dropped into coverage, read Allen well and got here down with the pass intended for wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Not bad for a splash play. Safety Micah Hyde also returned to practice in pads after missing at some point to a hip/glute injury, but he didn’t take part in team drills. — Alaina Getzenberg

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Philadelphia Eagles: Rookie defensive tackle Jordan Davis opened some eyes during Monday’s session. His combination of size (6-foot-6, 340 kilos), speed and athleticism was an excessive amount of for many of the lineman who went against him during one-on-one drills. Davis got work with the primary team during team drills and was effective eating up double teams and generating pressure up the gut. Expect Davis, the first-round pick of Georgia, to be a direct contributor. — Tim McManus

Recent York Giants: The total pads got here on Monday for the primary time at Giants practice. It still didn’t seem to vary much for the passing game, which continues to struggle. Quarterback Daniel Jones was 5-of-13 passing during live periods, during which wide receiver Kenny Golladay caught one short pass. They’d one explosive pass — the primary time they put the ball within the air — on a completion over the center to rookie Wan’Dale Robinson. Still, the Giants are insistent there’s not a have to panic. It’s early, and so they are making progress. “I feel like there may be good competition on either side of the ball,” said Golladay. “I definitely like what we’re doing. [Monday] was the primary day of pads, and it was good to see the running game going just a little bit. Give the ball to Saquon [Barkley]. It was exciting.” — Jordan Raanan

Jacksonville Jaguars: Running back James Robinson (Achilles) hasn’t yet been cleared to practice fully, in order that has meant a number of work for rookie running back Snoop Conner. The fifth-round pick of Ole Miss had his best practice on Monday. He had two long runs, including one down the sideline, and scored on an inside run from contained in the 10-yard line. The knock on Conner was his lack of speed (he ran the 40 in 4.59 seconds on the mix), but he has looked quicker than anticipated at camp. Conner caught only 32 passes in three seasons at Ole Miss, but he has shown in camp that he generally is a reliable pass-catcher. Even when Robinson returns (the Jaguars are hoping for mid-August), it’s unrealistic to expect him to resume his normal workload for some time, and early in camp it, looks like Conner could also be involved more within the offense than simply as a goal-line back. — Michael DiRocco

Las Vegas Raiders: Lester Cotton Sr. has been the feel-good story of camp. Cut 4 times by the Raiders and having spent 2020 out of football, Cotton has been on the ascent since signing with the practice squad last season and is in line to begin at right guard. “Once I got released in 2020, my second yr, it was an enormous wake-up call,” Cotton said Monday. “I used to be out 10 months. I had to essentially, like, have a look at myself within the mirror and say, ‘If that is what I’ll do, I even have to lock in and be 100%.’ That is what I have been doing daily.” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr recalled Cotton asking him as a rookie, in 2019, what he needed to do to be a starting guard. “I said, ‘Man, keep working your butt off,'” Carr recalled. “On the time, you [could] see who we had there and it was going to be hard for him. But I told Lester after we were walking to our cars yesterday, ‘Lester, I’m so pleased with you. Because through the cuts, through the re-signs, through this and that, recent schemes, you’ve got done nothing but put your head down.'” — Paul Gutierrez

Green Bay Packers: All you’ve got to do to understand it’s the special teams portion of coaching camp is listen. It’ll be the loudest period of practice. It’s secure to say recent special teams coordinator Wealthy Bisaccia doesn’t stand for players who cut corners or don’t concentrate to details. On Monday, he didn’t like the way in which the punt team broke the huddle, so he immediately blew his whistle and ran from 30 yards down the sector to be certain the group knew it. He told them — no, screamed at them — to get back within the huddle and are available out faster to lineup. It is too soon to say whether the Packers’ special teams might be any higher than last season — not that they might be much worse — however it won’t be for a scarcity of vociferous coaching. “I do not know when you guys can feel it,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said, “but there actually is a purpose, an intensity after we go to those periods.” — Rob Demovsky — Rob Demovsky

Carolina Panthers: Baker Mayfield perhaps showed the primary sign of making separation between him and Sam Darnold in competition for the starting quarterback job during red zone drills in the primary padded practice. The previous Browns starter, working with the second-team offense, threw three touchdown passes against the second-team defense. Darnold scrambled for a touchdown but didn’t throw one — although he was close once. Darnold also put the ball on the bottom with a nasty pitch that he owned as much as by doing pushups without being told to. “I used to be just a little ticked off after it,” Darnold said. “I didn’t know what to do, so I began doing pushups.” The 2 quarterbacks will switch roles again on Tuesday, with Mayfield working with the 1s. And as coach Matt Rhule again reminded, the competition is removed from over. “We’re not taking a look at any at some point for this,” he said. — David Newton

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