Better of Friday at NFL coaching camps: A standout Saints WR, the league’s finest mullet and extra

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With the first preseason game in the books, the opposite 30 NFL groups at 2021 coaching camps are gearing up for the primary full slate of video games, beginning subsequent Thursday.

Friday was a busy day within the league, with two first-round quarterbacks from the 2018 NFL draft making information, a Steelers huge receiver being sad together with his position and the Titans seeing their prized offseason signing on the sphere for the primary time. There was additionally a stellar, flowing mullet caught within the wild at Jets camp, plus Gronk being Gronk at Bucs apply.

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Bills, QB Josh Allen agree on 6-year, $253 million extension

The Buffalo Bills and quarterback Josh Allen have agreed to a six-year contract extension price $258 million, $150 million of that assured, sources inform ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Wyoming alum earned the extension after an MVP runner-up season in 2020, throughout which he set franchise information for passing yards (4,544) and passing touchdowns (37) whereas main the Payments to the AFC Championship Sport and their first division title since 1995.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson returns to facility

Lamar Jackson returned to the Baltimore Ravens facility Friday, nevertheless it’s unknown when the previous NFL MVP will come again to the apply discipline. Jackson missed the earlier 10 days of coaching camp, which is the NFL rule for unvaccinated gamers who obtain a optimistic outcome. He at the moment is present process testing on the facility below the NFL’s protocol, Ravens coach John Harbaugh stated.

Third Giants player to retire from NFL in four days

Veteran offensive lineman Zach Fulton grew to become the third New York Giants participant to retire in 4 days, a supply confirmed to ESPN. Fulton had began 44 video games the earlier three seasons with the Houston Texans. He joined veteran offensive lineman Joe Looney and linebacker Todd Davis among the many Giants to just lately name it quits. Tight finish Kelvin Benjamin additionally stated he was accomplished with soccer after being released by the Giants final week.

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Increase your hand should you can play offensive line. The Bears — already desperately skinny up entrance with projected starters Teven Jenkins (again) and Germain Ifedi (hip) sidelined — started Friday’s apply with simply 10 wholesome offensive linemen after rookie Larry Borom entered the league’s concussion protocol. That quantity rapidly shrunk to 9 when backup Lachavious Simmons, who had been filling in on the primary workforce, left apply to be evaluated for a attainable concussion. All these accidents imply reserves Alex Bars, Arlington Hambright and Dieter Eiselen are more likely to see prolonged taking part in time when Chicago opens their preseason schedule subsequent week towards the Dolphins. — Jeff Dickerson

Second-year WR Marquez Callaway has been one of many largest standouts via the primary week of Saints camp, making the most of his alternative to function New Orleans’ No. 1 receiver whereas Michael Thomas is out for an prolonged interval and Tre’Quan Smith has missed just a few days with an unspecified harm that is not anticipated to sideline him for lengthy. Callaway (6-foot-2, 204 kilos) has carried himself with confidence whereas being a go-to man for each Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston. As Hill stated, when Callaway has a possibility, “he steps as much as it” — similar to he did as an undrafted rookie final season with eight catches for 75 yards in a sport when Thomas and former New Orleans wideout Emmanuel Sanders have been each sidelined. — Mike Triplett

Although Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson wasn’t on the apply discipline, operating again Gus Edwards returned off the reserve/COVID-19 listing and appeared leaner whereas nonetheless as robust. Throughout one workforce drill, Edwards ran over 6-foot-3, 239-pound inside linebacker Otaro Alaka. Edwards, who’s projected to again up J.K. Dobbins this season, missed the primary seven full-team practices of coaching camp. “You would inform he was understanding,” coach John Harbaugh stated. Edwards, who signed a two-year extension this offseason, has produced over 700 yards dashing and 5 yards per carry in every of his three seasons. — Jamison Hensley

The Titans had two optimistic takeaways on Friday. Edge rusher Bud Dupree was activated off the PUP listing and took half in all of apply aside from workforce interval. He additionally bought some work in with coach Mike Vrabel throughout particular person interval. Dupree stated he feels good about how his knee responded. The opposite optimistic was cornerback Caleb Farley, Tennessee’s first-round decide in April, participating in 7-on-7s for the primary time. Farley’s size and quickness surfaced on a move he broke up throughout the center. He did an awesome job staying over prime of wideout Cam Batson and bought a hand in there to knock it down. Despite the fact that it was an excellent play, Farley stated he was disenchanted that he did not decide it off. — Turron Davenport

Friday was an eye-opening day for Giants sixth-round decide Rodarius Williams. With veteran Adoree’ Jackson getting a lightweight workload, Williams was rewarded for his robust begin to camp with some first-team reps. He certain did not waste them. Williams tipped a move supposed for Sterling Shepard that was intercepted by Jabrill Peppers and had an interception of his personal off quarterback Daniel Jones. It was fairly the show for the rookie who has loved a powerful begin to camp. — Jordan Raanan

Maybe no person is wanting ahead to the primary preseason sport subsequent weekend greater than Kansas Metropolis particular groups coach Dave Toub, who stated the Chiefs launched gamers final season with out realizing how good they is likely to be. Toub is raring to get a have a look at tight finish Jody Fortson, a transformed huge receiver, and undrafted rookie security Devon Key. Each have performed properly in camp. Cornerback Mike Hughes, acquired in a trade with the Vikings during the offseason, will get a shot to return kicks. “We will get him in there to see what he can do,” Toub stated. “He is been actual spectacular in apply.” — Adam Teicher

It is unclear if it was a special look the Falcons have been going for or one thing extra notable, however rookie deal with Jalen Mayfield moved to the second discipline for a part of Friday’s apply, flipping with Jason Spriggs. Mayfield has been working at proper deal with with the No. 1 offensive line all through camp up to now as Kaleb McGary stays on PUP. Whether or not or not that is one thing to actually take note of will likely be decided throughout Saturday’s apply at Mercedes Benz Stadium and in addition after it when coach Arthur Smith talks with the media. However Mayfield, up to now, has had an excellent camp — adequate Smith talked about Thursday that when McGary does return they will should determine whether or not to maintain Mayfield at deal with and let him compete there or have him work inside with Josh Andrews and Drew Dalman to compete for the left guard job. — Michael Rothstein


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