Better of Monday at NFL coaching camps: Stars return, Lamar dealing and extra

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With the first full slate of preseason games kicking off on Thursday, groups continued to work in coaching camps throughout the NFL on Monday.

That included Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who practiced for the first time in five days and working again Saquon Barkley, who was activated off the physically unable to perform list and returned to follow Monday for the primary time since tearing the ACL in his proper knee early final season.

And on the Ravens camp, Lamar Jackson remains to be iffy on getting vaccinated however he did not waste any time get again on observe along with his favourite goal within the quarterback’s second follow since getting back from COVID-19.

Here is what it’s worthwhile to know from coaching camps throughout the league:

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Lamar iffy on vaccine despite second bout of COVID

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was noncommittal on whether or not he would get vaccinated after being contaminated with COVID-19 twice up to now eight months, saying it was a “private resolution.” “I simply bought off the COVID checklist,” Jackson stated after Monday’s follow when requested if he would get the vaccine. “I bought to speak to my group about this and see how they really feel about it. Continue learning as a lot as I can about it. We’ll go from there.” Does that imply he is enthusiastic about getting vaccinated? “We’ll see,” Jackson stated. “Speaking to the medical doctors. We’ll see.”

Giants’ Barkley hopeful he’ll be ready for opener

New York Giants working again Saquon Barkley returned to follow Monday for the primary time since tearing the ACL in his proper knee early final season, and he expressed optimism afterward that he could possibly be prepared for Week 1. Barkley stated he sees it as a constructive that he has greater than a month to get ramped up for the season opener on Sept. 12. “I assume you may say, with my mindset, I am undoubtedly hopeful,” Barkley stated. “It is undoubtedly higher having the ability to follow now than in a while in camp.”

Source: Pats’ Henry injures shoulder set for MRI

New England Patriots tight finish Hunter Henry sustained a shoulder damage in Sunday’s follow and is having an MRI, in response to a supply. Whereas preliminary indications are that the damage would not seem severe, it’s painful and Henry may miss time within the preseason, sources say.

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Receiver Curtis Samuel has but to follow this summer season with Washington — he opened camp on the bodily unable to carry out checklist due to a groin difficulty and has been on the COVID-19 checklist since July 29. However coach Ron Rivera stated he is not involved as a result of his workers had Samuel in Carolina for 3 seasons. There is not any timetable for Samuel’s return. Nevertheless, his solely expertise with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick occurred in OTAs. With out Samuel, although, different younger receivers have obtained extra alternatives. Rookie Dyami Brown has stood out. Nevertheless it’s additionally given second-year wideout Antonio Gandy-Golden extra possibilities. The 2020 fourth-round decide struggled final season though accidents did not assist. He is been extra lively in camp, however he additionally nonetheless should show he can get off press protection. As a result of he is had extra possibilities to work in opposition to the starters with Samuel out, it is supplied each him and the coaches a very good barometer of what he can do. — John Keim

Marcus Mariota, a former No. 2 general draft decide and Heisman Trophy winner, has been content material to again up Derek Carr whereas therapeutic quite a few accidents. However Mariota isn’t content material to carry a clipboard. He’s keeping track of potential beginning gigs across the NFL. “Yeah, completely,” Mariota, who has began 61 of 64 profession video games, stated in solely his second media convention since becoming a member of the Raiders in March of 2020. “It’s my purpose [to start again] and I do preserve tabs on what is going on on. For us as gamers, it is sort of essential to see what the panorama is. However with that being stated, I take pleasure in this group. It is an incredible group to play for and this quarterback room is superior. I believe Derek leads the cost. He is an incredible man to be round. It is simply a variety of enjoyable to study and develop collectively. Every single day I attempt to strategy it the identical approach and attempt to simply get higher.” Mariota was off to a powerful camp earlier than getting picked off on consecutive days final week by linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, after which cornerback Damon Arnette bought him on the third day. — Paul Gutierrez

Outdoors linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. and proper sort out Kaleb McGary returned to Falcons follow Monday. Fowler got here off the COVID-19 checklist and McGary was activated off of PUP. Whereas neither was made obtainable to the media, each participated in various ranges throughout follow. Fowler was again with the primary group for elements of 11-on-11 work and bought at the very least one strain on quarterback Matt Ryan. In particular person work, he tied with Jake Matthews on one rep. The distinction in potential explosion between Fowler and the opposite Falcons outdoors linebackers is fairly clear. As for McGary, he was extra restricted and labored with the second unit. Willie Beavers continued to work with the primary group. Jalen Mayfield additionally labored in with the second group. — Michael Rothstein

Cross-blocking at coaching camp hasn’t at all times been fairly for Orlando Brown Jr., who’s attempting to grow to be a full-time left sort out after his commerce from the Ravens. Brown is not as athletically gifted as many left tackles, one thing he has acknowledged, so he is struggling at occasions with the velocity rush in 1-on-1 drills. Brown has principally been higher in group drills. “The factor that I am impressed about is that the errors he does make, he would not repeat them,” offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy stated. “That is an incredible signal.”— Adam Teicher

It did not take lengthy for the Lamar JacksonMark Andrews connection to get again on observe. In Jackson’s second follow since getting back from COVID-19, he hit Andrews on a few 20-yard passes down the center of the sector. Jackson lofted one go over the linebackers, and Andrews pulled it in with one hand. Andrews has caught 135 passes from Jackson since 2018. No different Ravens participant has greater than 98 receptions over that point.— Jamison Hensley

Second-year Saints WR Marquez Callaway was already highlighted on this area final week. However then he continued to one-up himself with a TD catch from Taysom Hill in red-zone drills on Saturday and a TD catch from Jameis Winston in red-zone drills on Monday. Callaway has stepped into the No. 1 receiver position with confidence over the previous week whereas Michael Thomas and Tre’Quan Smith have been sidelined by accidents (Smith’s unspecified damage isn’t anticipated to be a long-term difficulty). Though Callaway caught simply 21 passes as an undrafted rookie final yr, he seems poised for a a lot greater position.— Mike Triplett

You could not assist however discover that proper sort out Taylor Moton took a lot of the snaps throughout group drills at left sort out with Cameron Erving out nursing a shoulder damage. However what stood out extra was coach Matt Rhule did not discover Moton, which within the teaching world means Moton wasn’t making errors. Actually, the offense moved virtually flawlessly for a landing throughout a two-minute drill by which quarterback Sam Darnold accomplished 5-of-6 go makes an attempt. He did so with a mismatch of a line that included Moton at left sort out, Trent Scott at proper sort out and beginning left guard Pat Elflein at heart. Beginning heart Matt Paradis had the day without work. At worst this exhibits the depth on the road is healthier than it was at any level final season. — David Newton

After Saturday’s follow in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams, the Cowboys have only one full follow remaining in Oxnard, California, earlier than their second preseason sport. Having performed the Pittsburgh Steelers within the Corridor of Fame Sport and practising in opposition to the Rams in a 48-hour span, Mike McCarthy needed to ensure his gamers may recuperate. He feels higher about the place his group is at this stage of camp than a yr in the past. “On the finish of the day it is concerning the group shifting ahead and making progress,” McCarthy stated. “This soccer group is making progress in coaching camp. You’ll be able to see it. We’re getting higher. We nonetheless have a methods to go. Because of this you might have coaching camp, however I like the place we’re to this point.”— Todd Archer


Large receiver James Washington wasn’t at follow Monday, a day after he appeared to maintain a decrease left leg or knee damage. Washington participated in a number of group durations Sunday, however completed the day on the sideline with a bag of ice taped round his decrease left leg. Coach Mike Tomlin stated Monday his third-year receiver, who ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported requested a commerce due to decreased utilization, was being medically evaluated, and he would seemingly have an replace Tuesday. Tomlin additionally refuted that Washington expressed dissatisfaction along with his position on the group. With Washington and fellow receiver Ray-Ray McCloud out, Anthony Johnson bought extra reps with the primary group offense late in Monday’s follow. Johnson, who frolicked on the Steelers follow squad final season, has been a fixture within the second-tier receiver group.


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