Better of Wednesday at NFL coaching camps: Newest buzz on Teven Jenkins, Antonio Gibson, Lamar Jackson, Tua Tagovailoa


Whereas there was no scarcity of speak throughout 2021 NFL coaching camp season about whether or not veteran Andy Dalton or rookie Justin Fields ought to begin for the Chicago Bears in Week 1 (click on “Extra” beneath to see what Dalton needed to say about that at the moment), each quarterbacks felt a giant loss Wednesday, because it was introduced that offensive sort out Teven Jenkins, the No. 39 general decide on this yr’s draft, underwent again surgical procedure, which might value him the complete season.

In the meantime, NFL Nation reporters have loads of buzz on gamers corresponding to potential breakout fantasy star Antonio Gibson, 2018 NFL draft mates Lamar Jackson and Sam Darnold who practiced collectively, and the Miami Dolphins tight ends making performs for Tua Tagovailoa.

Here is what you should know from camps throughout the league:

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High NFL information of the day

Chicago Bears OT Teven Jenkins to have back surgery; team hopes he can return this season
Chicago Bears rookie offensive sort out Teven Jenkins will endure again surgical procedure on Wednesday, coach Matt Nagy introduced. Nagy stated he hopes Jenkins, whom the Bears traded as much as draft thirty ninth general within the second spherical of the draft, will be capable of return this season.

Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy says ‘good chance’ Dak Prescott won’t play in preseason
The chance of Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott seeing any dwell motion within the preseason earlier than the Sept. 9 opener in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is turning into decrease and decrease. “There is a good likelihood he most likely will not play. Sure, that is honest,” coach Mike McCarthy stated.

FBI investigating allegations against Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson, possible extortion
The allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate conduct in opposition to Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson are being investigated by the FBI, Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, stated Wednesday. Hardin additionally stated that Watson spoke to the FBI about allegations of extortion relating to one of many 23 lawsuits filed in opposition to the quarterback. Twenty-two of the 23 are nonetheless energetic.


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Washington desires to extend the position of operating again Antonio Gibson, however each Gibson and his coaches say he is nonetheless adjusting to being a full-time again. After apply at the moment — which was principally scout-team work — Gibson stated he’s nonetheless studying when to slam via the outlet and when to chop again. On a second-and-4 run in opposition to New England, for instance, he ought to have plowed ahead and picked up a minimum of 4 yards, however he as a substitute tried to spin out and create an even bigger play. He ended up gaining simply two yards. It served as a reminder to him to generally simply hit the outlet and create the yards. He nonetheless ought to see an enhanced position within the cross sport, however the coaches need extra consistency from him within the run sport. That comes from persevering with to study. — John Keim

Joint practices with the Buccaneers gave the Titans protection an opportunity to go in opposition to Tom Brady‘s intense, up-tempo offense. Kevin Byard stated it examined their communication as a result of the offense lined up and snapped the ball rapidly. After a sluggish begin the protection bought interceptions from Amani Hooker and Jackrabbit Jenkins coming in opposition to Brady. Total, the protection appeared to get the most effective of Brady and the Bucs offense however they had been helped by a collection of drops by the receivers. — Turron Davenport

Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson entered the NFL as first-round picks in 2018, Darnold the No. 3 general decide by the Jets and Jackson No. 32 by Baltimore. However in Wednesday’s joint apply between the groups, Jackson seemed sharper. Maybe it was as a result of Darnold’s receivers had bother getting open and making catches, as coach Matt Rhule stated. Maybe it was as a result of Jackson accomplished his first 4 passes in crew drills and was regular all day. Regardless, for Panthers’ first-round decide Jaycee Horn, being on the identical area with Jackson was huge. “He is like a human spotlight drill, so seeing him in particular person, it was fairly cool,” the cornerback stated. However did he see any highlights at the moment? “Nah, I did not even see none,” Horn stated. — David Newton

The Falcons’ offensive line has been a query mark via most of coaching camp — however work in opposition to the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday within the first of two joint practices gave a greater take a look at what Atlanta may need. Whereas left guard would possibly nonetheless be a problem — potential starter Josh Andrews left with a cramp and was changed by two rookies at totally different factors, Jalen Mayfield and Drew Dalman — the remaining seemed higher than anticipated. That is progress within the first actual take a look at the crew’s offensive line all preseason, contemplating solely Andrews performed within the preseason opener. — Michael Rothstein

Miami’s tight ends had a little bit of a day in opposition to Atlanta’s protection — irrespective of if it was the primary, second or third crew on the sphere. Specifically, tight finish Adam Shaheen had a robust day, together with one play in 7-on-7 work the place he mainly ran via the complete Atlanta protection to get open for a landing from Tua Tagovailoa. Shaheen had a number of catches Wednesday. — Michael Rothstein

Veteran Mike Remmers, who opened coaching camp because the beginning proper sort out, returned to apply this week after lacking time due to again spasms, however he performed because the backup left sort out as a substitute. That does not imply the Chiefs have but given the beginning proper sort out job to rookie Lucas Niang, but it surely’s an indication the Chiefs are pleased with Niang’s play and that it might be troublesome for Remmers to get the job again. If Niang winds up beginning when the common season begins, the Chiefs would have three rookies on their offensive line, additionally together with heart Creed Humphrey and proper guard Trey Smith. — Adam Teicher

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