August 1, 2022 at 8:20 PM WBS
First-round pick Zion Johnson looks the part as Charges hold first padded practice of offseason
Zion Johnson was outstanding in his reps. He is ready to play right now, and the polished technique and brute strength the Chargers have been raving about since they took Johnson in the first round of the NFL Draft in April showed up. Johnson lost his first rep to Austin Johnson on a bull rush, but after that, he adjusted to the speed and physicality of his opposition.
Zion Johnson’s second rep came against Fox, and he won this rep handily. He stood up Fox’s bull rush and gave up less than a yard of ground. Two reps later, he did the same thing to Joseph-Day. Next came Johnson’s best rep of the day. He sustained Tillery’s initial push, then drove Tillery back and planted him to the left into the turf for a pancake. Joseph-Day earned some revenge on Johnson in their next matchup, winning with a second effort after an initial anchor from Johnson. And Fox got the best of Johnson on Johnson’s last rep of the period. Fox offered a changeup, stuttering at the line of scrimmage before bursting past Johnson’s outside shoulder. Overall, though, this was an impressive first period of one-on-ones for Johnson.
(Kirby Lee/USA Today)
Staff Writer, Chargers
Chargers training camp: Pads come on, OL vs. DL 1-on-1s, 2-minute drill
August 1, 2022 at 8:12 PM WBS
Bills defensive line dominates while rookie WR Khalil Shakir has a rough day
Seven practices into Bills training camp, the one storyline that hasn’t seemed to let up has been the dominance of the defensive line. Seemingly every session, someone different breaks through for a standout day.
A straightforward justification for the early camp trend could be that the Bills’ starting offensive line has been playing short-handed because of injuries. But that only takes it so far. The defenders have been winning so much up front that they’ve made it difficult on all the quarterbacks.
“They’re monsters,” rookie cornerback Kaiir Elam said Monday. “They’re freaks. Our first string, our second string, our third string. They just come rolling in, and they’re just monsters. That’s the only (way) I can explain. They just get after it.”
Staff Writer, Bills
Bills camp observations: Ed Oliver and defensive line ‘monsters’ keep dominating
August 1, 2022 at 6:02 PM WBS
Raiders’ Lester Cotton gets out of his own way
Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson and Richie Incognito all helped Lester Cotton Sr. get to this point, where he is running with the first team at right guard at training camp. But those former Raiders offensive linemen are not as tough as his wife.
Cotton has been cut by the Raiders four times since signing as an undrafted rookie in 2019. While he was signed to the practice squad three times afterward, there was the time at the end of the 2020 season when he spent five months on the outside looking in.
“She was my backbone,” Cotton said of his wife, Raven, after practice on Monday. “There were dog days when I just wanted to give it up, and she pushed me and told me I had to get up. She didn’t want me to have any regrets and I give all the thanks to her.”
Staff Writer, Raiders
Raiders’ Lester Cotton gets out of his own way; rookie RB Zamir White impresses
August 1, 2022 at 5:29 PM WBS
Matt Patricia on Patriots’ OC plan: ‘Divide and conquer’
Matt Patricia is returning to New England after two-plus seasons as an NFL coach. In his case, it was the Lions, who went 6-10, 3-12-1 and, in 2020, 4-7 until Patricia was fired. He originally arrived in New England in 2004 as an offensive assistant and made a steady climb up the flow chart, culminating with a bump to defensive coordinator from 2012 to 2017.
Now that he’s back, he holds the title of senior offensive advisor/offensive line. He’s been seemingly very involved with the offense, to the degree that there’s been a lot of discussion about his use of a walkie-talkie during practice. (Raise your hand if this reminds you of the scene in “Tommy Boy” when David Spade says to Chris Farley, “I can’t hear you. You’re trailing off, and did I catch a niner in there? Were you calling from a walkie-talkie?”)
To Patricia, moving from defense back to offense isn’t complicated.
Senior Writer, Boston
Matt Patricia on Patriots’ offensive coordinator plan: ‘Divide and conquer’
August 1, 2022 at 5:20 PM WBS
How’s Joe Burrow’s driving?
Staff Writer, Bengals
August 1, 2022 at 5:08 PM WBS
Panthers’ Matt Corral learning, waiting for his turn
When the Panthers reported to Wofford last week, rookie quarterback Matt Corral said in no uncertain terms he was going to try to win the starting job “by any means necessary.”
Corral has been the first quarterback on the field — and often the first player, period — before each of the Panthers’ five practices. The former Ole Miss standout said his early bird arrival of him is n’t to make a point, but to give himself time to stretch out his hips and do some pre-practice footwork drills.
It’s when practice starts that the third-round pick is finding it difficult to make much of an impact in the quarterback competition.
“It’s tough,” Corral said Monday following the Panthers’ first full-pads practice. “You control what you can control. Don’t mess up the reps that you get. You can’t take every rep for granted. Every rep is a lot.”
(Photo: Griffin Zetterberg/USA Today)
Staff Writer, Panthers
Panthers’ Matt Corral learning, waiting for his turn in crowded QB competition
August 1, 2022 at 4:55 PM WBS
Cowboys concerned about injury to James Washington
The Cowboys are concerned that James Washington might have fractured his right foot on this play. Dallas was hoping to have Washington in a starting role with Michael Gallup not expected to be ready for the start of the season.
Staff Writer, Cowboys
August 1, 2022 at 4:01 PM WBS
Cardinals QB Kyler Murray tests positive for COVID-19
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray tested positive for COVID-19 and will be out of training camp practices for at least five days, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday.
Murray recently signed a five-year, $230.5 million contract extension which includes roughly $160 million guaranteed, according to the NFL Network.
Read more here.
The Athletic NFL Staff
Cardinals QB Kyler Murray tests positive for COVID-19
August 1, 2022 at 3:44 PM WBS
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tests positive for COVID-19
Staff Writer, Seahawks
Pete Carroll has tested positive for COVID, team says. Pete is vaccinated and experiencing “mild symptoms.” Team says “Carroll remains in contact with the coaching staff and will participate in team meetings virtually until he returns to the facility.”
— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) August 1, 2022
August 1, 2022 at 2:41 PM WBS
Falcons camp updates
The Falcons drafted DeAngelo Malone because of his skill as a pass rusher, but that doesn’t mean he’s off the hook as a run defender. In fact, that has been the rookie outside linebacker’s biggest focus in the first days of training camp.
“Pass rushers, yes we want to develop them, we want to add things to their toolbox, but those guys are born for the most part,” Atlanta outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino said. “If they’ve got a knack for rushing the passer and being productive as a rusher, that’s going to follow them forever. Right now we spend a lot of time on the edge-setting and run defense part of it.”
Read more here.
Staff Writer, Falcons
Falcons camp: DeAngelo Malone a pleasant surprise, plus an update on Deion Jones
August 1, 2022 at 2:04 PM WBS
Bucs QB Tom Brady on Robert Hainsey, recruiting efforts and more
Four days have passed since Bucs center Ryan Jensen went down with a significant knee injury and the team has yet to make an outside veteran signing. Meanwhile, second-year pro Robert Hainsey has stepped in and handling duties well.
One of the biggest endorsements Hainsey can get is from quarterback Tom Brady, who spoke for the first time in training camp Monday morning, saying he was “heartbroken” by the loss of Jensen but said Hainsey has earned trust in the last year.
Read more here.
Staff Writer, Buccaneers
Bucs’ Tom Brady talks about his recruiting efforts, Robert Hainsey’s status …
August 1, 2022 at 1:32 PM WBS
Dollars and downpours?
Senior Writer, 49ers
August 1, 2022 at 1:04 PM WBS
Good day for Bears defense
Senior Writer, Bears
I would consider today a win for the Bears defense. If they were allowed to hit him, I think that Al-Quadin Muhammad, Trevis Gipson, Dominque Robinson and Khyiris Tonga all would have had sacks or shared them on Justin Fields.
— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) August 1, 2022
August 1, 2022 at 1:03 PM WBS
Bears QB Justin Fields feeling the pass rush today
There was a lot of pressure on Fields today, and Bears DBs also had a bunch of pass breakups. Jaylon Johnson deflected a pass in the air and LB Joe Thomas corralled it for the defense’s lone interception of the morning.
Staff Writer, Bears
August 1, 2022 at 12:46 PM WBS
LB Deion Jones to remain with Falcons
Senior Writer, Atlanta
The Falcons have failed in attempts to this point to trade LB Deion Jones but have decided not to cut him, a source said, believing he won’t be a distraction to team and salary cap savings are minimal. The team continues to monitor Jones’ attitude and rehab from shoulder surgery
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) August 1, 2022