Best of Thursday in NFL training camps: Newton’s big day, Ravens’ soccer practice, more

NFL training camp practices on Thursday 2021 began with lots of deep ball passes, rookies showing off their talents, and quarterback competitions heating up.

Can experienced quarterbacks Newton cams of the patriots and Andy Dalton of bears withhold QBs in the first year Mac Jones and Justin Fields, respectively? Who will emerge from the battle of the saints? James Winston and Taysom Hill? allowed to Teddy Bridgewater beat out Drew Lock for Denver’s debut? It is far too early to say that – we only have a few days in training camp – but we are getting our first glimpses of the head-to-head competitions.

And while it might not even be August, we’ve already seen offenses working to widen the defense. Numerous deep balls with highlight reels came out of practice today, including one from the Eagles Jalen hurt to the rookie far out DeVonta Smith. Smith wasn’t the only rookie to play big games on Thursday, either.

Here’s what you need to know and see from camps across the league:

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Rodgers signs revised contract with Packers, sources say

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has its revised contract with the Green Bay PackerSources said Adam Schefter of ESPN.

NFLPA President Tretter rips off teams’ bracelet use for unvaccinated players

NFLPA President JC Tretter ripped off the NFL teams forcing their unvaccinated players to wear armbands, calling it an unnecessary move that publicly shames players. “It’s a nonsensical idea” that Cleveland Browns Center said Thursday. “They say they need a differentiator between vaccinated and unvaccinated players. We already have a differentiator. The unvaccinated players have to wear masks. No other sports league uses any kind of scarlet markings or helmet stickers or armbands because they know it’s not necessary is and the teams know who is vaccinated and who is not. “

Jets’ Wilson signs rookie deal after missing the first 2 days of training

It took longer than expected, but that New York Jets and quarterback Zach Wilson agreed to the terms of his rookie contract on Thursday. The first-round pick and the alleged starter who missed two days of training as the two sides haggled over technical details in the contract language will sign a four-year deal for $ 35.15 million – a time-limited deal that is fully guaranteed. It includes a $ 22.9 million signing bonus and a fifth year team option that is standard on all first round picks.

Ravens CB Smith still traumatized from the February raid

Baltimore Ravens Cornerback Jimmy Smith said he has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder since his family was robbed at gunpoint in February. “Going to the store and hanging out with someone in a mask or hood really makes my heart beat faster to this day,” said Smith after Thursday’s training session. “It was a terrifying situation.”


What our NFL Nation reporters saw today

Falcons recipients Calvin Ridley was in the field on the first day of training camp in Atlanta on Thursday doing most of the work – which was a question since he was undergoing surgery in the off-season and not working in the field during the team’s minicamp last month participated. He looked smooth in and out of routes and resembled the player expected to take over Julio Jones as the team’s # 1 recipient. He didn’t do everything on Thursday, as Falcons coach Arthur Smith said: “We’re bringing him with us.” – Michael Rothstein

While the rest of his Giants teammates trained, Star runs back Saquon Barkley trained with coaches. He ran routes, cut, caught passes and sprinted. Sprints at full speed! Barkley was handsome, albeit from a fairly long distance. Still, this was the first time since he tore his right knee open that he was in public doing things like this. It’s at least a good sign, even though he’s starting summer on the PUP list. Maybe starting a practice is only a few weeks away? – Jordan Raanan

Back race Rashaad Penny provided one of the highlights of the Seahawks’ second practice at training camp as he made a handover and stormed into the second level before accelerating past the rest of the defense. Chris Carson ripped off a long run right afterwards. The Seahawks are hoping to have that kind of one-two punch in their backcourt this season, something they have only enjoyed in short bursts over Penny’s three injury-ridden seasons. Carson is their undisputed starter, but trainer Pete Carroll said this is the best Penny has seen since finishing 27th overall in Seattle in 2018. – Brady Henderson

New Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford makes a quick impression on his new teammates. After day 2 of training camp, recipient in the fifth year Cooper Coup went so far as to call one of Stafford’s litters “gross” – and that’s a compliment. “So that he doesn’t look at that pass in the field[to[to[zu[toRobert Woods]”, Explained Kupp,” it was a pretty incredible game. “For a second training session in a row, Stafford hit the receiver with an impressive deep throw on the sideline DeSean Jackson to begin team action, then later avoiding the pressure in the pocket to hit Kupp across the middle. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey said, “We may have really good coverage and he’ll open a phone.” – Lindsey Thiry

Bengali quarterback Joe Burrow and wide receivers Yes’Marr Hunt couldn’t get the deep ball right in training on Thursday. On one replay, Chase had cornerback Chidobe Awuzie hit, but the ball was embezzled. That gave Awuzie enough time to break into the pass. On another litter, Chase was open on a mail route. Burrow made a good ball, but Chase couldn’t catch him. – Ben baby

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said five cards were down due to the COVID-19 protocol, including three offensive linemen in the early stages: center Rodney Hudson, left guard Justin Pugh and tackle it properly Kelvin Beachum, plus recipient Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson. Aside from Hudson’s scheduled return on August 2nd, Kingsbury had no schedule for his return. Kingsbury said it was a “plus” for guys to test positive at this point in training camp as they will not need to retest for three months. – Josh Weinfuss

Taysom Hill got the first round of training camp as the starting quarterback from New Orleans during training on Thursday. However, Jameis Winston caused quite a stir with an efficient tag that included an in-depth completion for the recipient Deonte Harris and a variety of short and medium throws. He showed more rhythm, timing and patience than a small sample last summer. – Mike Triplet

The leaders Chris Jones had what would have been a sack Patrick Mahomes Thursday’s practice was full contact, and it was done from his new position on the defensive end. “I feel good falling over the edge,” said Jones, who sacked the Chiefs for each of the past three seasons and played mostly from an inside position. Jones said he spent more time off-season doing yoga and Pilates, which give him flexibility in his work. “[Coming] From the edge it’s a little different than turning off [the interior],” he said. – Adam Teicher

Niner’s defensive end Nick Bosa does not yet participate in team or one-on-one pass rush exercises, but his return to the field in some capacity is a significant development. The plan for now is to relieve Bosa again. He missed all but five quarters of a week 2 cruciate ligament injury last season, but he’s well on his way to playing Detroit in Week 1 and is already in one-on-one training. – Nick Wagoner

Cam Newton continues to do the top QB reps for the Patriots, followed by Mac Jones. In 11-on-11 or 7-on-7 drills at full speed, Newton was 9-of-14 and Jones was 7-of-13. Newton ended his workout with a double exclamation mark – TD passes in a row to the tight end Hunter Henry. – Mike Reiss

Beginner QB Trevor Lawrence only had three imperfections in 7v7 and 11v11 papers, and one was a drop. He worked mostly with the first team on Thursday after mainly working with the backups on Wednesday, and he connected with Laviska Shenault Jr. and Marvin Jones Jr. (for a TD) on deep passes. – Michael DiRocco

Andy Dalton of the Bears practiced like a quarterback entering year 11. Justin Fields at times resembled any NFL rookie quarterback on day two of training camp. Dalton’s throws were largely for the money, including a deep ball too Marquise Goodwin at the first snap of 7-on-7. Fields had a good number of sharp finishes, but the first round selection also had problems in the accuracy department in certain parts of the practice. Chicago’s No. 3 quarterback, Nick Foles, experienced, as expected, a high success against the defense of the third team of the bears. – Jeff Dickerson

Jeremy Chinn showed in the first game of the 7v7 drills why the Panthers are high on him and make the transition from outside linebacker to safety by a. pick up Sam Darnold happen. Coach Matt Rhule said: “I think we are feeling good at the moment with the plan to try him there again, to let him influence our pass defense a little more and then we can call him up or get him to the top.” – David Newton

Launch center Ryan Kelly left training early Thursday after sustaining an elbow injury during 11v11 drills. Kelly immediately grabbed his left elbow, then spent the rest of the exercise watching him heavily wrapped around him. Second year player Danny Pinter Kelly replaced. The Colts already miss the start left tackle Eric Fischerwho still fails while recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon. – Mike Wells

Quarterbacks Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater undergo the daily test, but the first two days of camp showed that the Broncos first team defense could have a big say in who wins the job. Lock, for example, pulled first team D into a red zone on Thursday and was excluded. Later in training, in an additional red zone work against another group, he scored three goals. While Bridgewater was more consistent at the start – two incompleteness in two days combined into a full 11v11 work – ultimately the quarterback who solves the Broncos’ own defenses as well as the previous season’s opponents is the best one is likely to win the job . – Jeff Legwold

Backup quarterback Tyler Huntley provided the biggest highlight of the Ravens’ second day of training camp, uncorking a 70-yard touchdown pass for Jaylon Moorewho was covered twice at the time. with Lamar Jackson Baltimore has been sidelined with COVID-19 and has remained aggressive on the offensive. The Ravens have talked about wanting to go deeper this season and they back it up with several downfield throws at the start of camp. – Jamison Hensley

A wide receiver in jersey No. 84 caused loud cheers among the fans in Heinz Field on Thursday. But it wasn’t Antonio Brown the impressive catches during the Steelers’ second open training camp. Instead, it was a beginner Rico Bussey. During an 11v11 pass exercise, Bussey juggled a deep pass from Dwayne Haskins Jr. on the sidelines and brought it over Justin Layne. A few games later he made a dive catch on one Josh Dobbs Pass, lay down to snap it Stephen Denmark on the other border. He bowed to his workout by bringing in a wide-open touchdown for Haskins to end the two-minute drill. – Brooke Pryor

Washington hopes for rookie recipients Dyami brown will become a major threat like he did in two days of training. On Thursday he beat his rookie colleagues Benjamin St-Juste on a deep out-and-up, creating a lot of separation before grabbing a slightly subdued ball over his shoulder. Brown’s speed was evident, but he also did a good job running diagonally – a route the team likes for him because it thinks he’s fearless. – John Keim

Raiders Edge Rushers Maxx Crosby was enforced with the first-round draft pick Alex Lederholz in individual pass rush drills on Thursday, pulling aside number 17 overall for support and advice on how to tackle the myriad of rushes that Crosby beat him with. – Paul Gutierrez

Dak Prescott He may not have trained because of his latissimus injury, but that doesn’t mean he sat idle on Thursday. The Dallas QB went through all of the footworks in the individual training phase, worked on handovers to the running backs, and then went through an extended series of resistance workouts. – Todd Archer

The revamped Titans secondary got a lot of attention in the off-season. Breon borders is a holdover from last year that started five games and got off to a solid start at camp. He had a great one-on-one pass resolution Racey McMath and some of them also during 7v7 and team phases. – Turron Davenport

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Packer’s GM Brian Gutekunst explains why the team swapped for WR Randall Cobb

“You need that type of man out there. It’s the first day so everyone is energetic, but day 10 and day 11 may not be that energetic. But Jamaal will be the same way every day. He’ll definitely put a smile on your face, so we need this type of man out here. ”

Lions RB D’Andre Swift on the energy back space that Jamaal Williams brings to the practice


Cardinals WR A.J. Green, the last time he wasn’t WR1 (DeAndre Hopkins will face Green in Arizona)

“I immediately see a chemistry between the two of them, honestly. They were used to playing together in Alabama, and they worked a lot together even in the off-season.”

Eagles RB Miles Sanders on the early chemistry between QB Jalen Hurts and WR DeVonta Smith

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