Training camp kicked off with the Bucs and Falcons practicing on the same field. No, it wasn’t actually the Super Bowl. It was the Falcons’ first time back to training camp since winning the Super Bowl two weeks ago. And the Bucs were back for position drills. Both teams worked out in full pads on a field outside the Georgia Dome. No live contact, but it was still a good sign that the teams are still excited to start camp after spending the offseason in the Bahamas, the Dominican and now Atlanta.
Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at training camp this week. The Bucs are expected to be a playoff team again this year, but after last year’s epic collapse against the Falcons a repeat appearance in the title game is a long shot. Led by QB Jameis Winston, who is also one of the NFL’s most polarizing players, the Bucs are looking to regain their swagger after last year’s disappointment.
31 July 2021
The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers were in pads for the first time Saturday, attempting to put it all together after a difficult practice Friday that coach Bruce Arians referred to as “horses—-.” After Saturday’s performance, he felt encouraged.
“I was under the impression that everyone practiced to win rather than to practice,” Arians remarked. “And there’s a huge disparity.”
Tom Brady’s touchdown throw to Antonio Brown against Jamel Dean and Devin White’s leaping interception over the middle on a Brady ball, which had Brady screaming expletives, were the two plays that stood out. The offense and defense had “excellent ebb and flow,” according to Arians.
In other news, the Baltimore Ravens signed Justin Houston to bolster their pass rush, while the Detroit Lions had a viewing party to see Melissa Gonzalez, quarterback David Blough’s wife, qualify for the Olympic semifinal round of the 400-meter hurdles in Tokyo.
On Saturday, all 32 NFL teams are on the field, and here’s what’s going on:
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The Colts are waiting for further information on Carson Wentz’s damaged foot.
The Indianapolis Colts are still waiting to learn the extent of starting quarterback Carson Wentz’s foot injury. There’s “no new information” and “no timeline” on Wentz’s return, according to defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, who talked to the media in coach Frank Reich’s absence due to COVID-19.
Nick Chubb signs a three-year, $36.6 million contract with the Browns, according to a source.
A source informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday that the Cleveland Browns and running back Nick Chubb have struck an agreement on a three-year, $36.6 million deal extension. Chubb’s guaranteed money of $20 million is the seventh-highest in the NFL among running backs. At the age of 29, he will be a free agent once again.
According to reports, the Ravens have agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with Justin Houston to bolster their pass rush.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Baltimore Ravens have signed outside linebacker Justin Houston to a one-year contract for up to $4 million. The Ravens made a major move by adding the best available pass-rusher to fill their team’s greatest need. Houston, 32, is a four-time Pro Bowl defensive back with at least eight sacks in each of the last four seasons. Following the free agency departures of Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue, Baltimore’s pass rush was a big question mark.
Xavien Howard practices and keeps the option of staying with the Dolphins open.
Xavien Howard is allowing the Miami Dolphins to work out his contract problems. In his first public remarks since demanding a trade, Howard, an All-Pro cornerback, said on Saturday, “It’s up to them.” Howard issued an Instagram message in which he questioned whether Miami behaved in good faith when extending his five-year, $75 million contract in 2019, and made it plain that he is unhappy and wants out.
Marcus Maye is the latest Jets safety to voice dissatisfaction with the team, stating that he wants to “play anywhere I’m welcome.”
Marcus Maye voiced disappointment on Saturday that a long-term deal for franchise-tagged players had not been agreed by the July 15 deadline. If he’s tagged again in 2022, he indicated that he hasn’t ruled out asking for a trade. “I’ve got 17 weeks to be the best I can be — and once we get there, we’ll cross that line again,” he said when asked whether he had contacted the Jets about a trade.
Kellen Mond, the Vikings’ quarterback, tests positive for COVID-19, making Kirk Cousins a high-risk close contact.
Vikings rookie Kellen Mond tested positive for COVID-19, according to NFL Network, leaving Minnesota without three quarterbacks for Saturday night’s practice, including starter Kirk Cousins, while the club performs contact tracing.
Bill Belichick reiterates that Cam Newton is the Patriots’ starting quarterback, but that the ‘whole issue’ will be evaluated.
Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots stated Cam Newton is the club’s starting quarterback, echoing what he said in April when the team selected Mac Jones in the first round, but he also hinted that things might change if Newton fails in training camp. “We’ll see how things turn out. Let them play, and depending on their performance, we’ll attempt to do what we think is best for the team “According to Belichick.
During Saints training camp, Jameis Winston is concentrating on making smarter choices.
Jameis Winston stated earlier this summer that the most important lesson he gained as Drew Brees’ backup with the New Orleans Saints last season was the importance of “making the correct choice” rather than trying to push things that aren’t there. Winston has certainly made an impact over the first three days of training camp, with an effective combination of fast, decisive passes and clever checkdowns, as well as the odd deep bomb.
Matt Ryan, the Falcons’ quarterback, is’moving ahead’ in training without Julio Jones.
During Falcons training camp, Matt Ryan has had a unique experience. Yes, there’s a new coach and a whole new offensive system in place, but wide receiver Julio Jones has arrived in Tennessee, having been acquired by the Titans in June. “When things like this happen, that’s always the difficult part of our job,” Ryan said. “I had the pleasure of playing with him for a long time, and I have many fond recollections of his stay here. It’s something I’ve stated before. He has arguably had the most effect on my career of anybody I’ve ever performed with, therefore I adore him and wish him the best in the future.”
Matt Ryan wishes Julio Jones the best of luck with the Titans, but stresses the necessity of moving on without him.
Bears coach Matt Nagy ‘completely gets’ other clubs’ want for a quarterback. Nick Foles is a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Given Nick Foles’ career achievements, Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy, who coached him in Kansas City and Chicago, said trade talk comes with the business. He said that he “completely” understands why clubs are interested in Foles. Before practice, Nagy added, “And you’re talking about a Super Bowl MVP and a guy who’s started a lot of games.” “He’s had such a fascinating career in so many ways that I believe he deserves it. Anyone with a career like his is going to be looked at by all clubs as a third-stringer.”
Matt Nagy, the Bears’ coach, knows why clubs would be interested in a quarterback like Nick Foles.
The Lions put on a viewing party to show their support for Olympic hurdlers. Melissa Gonzalez, QB David Blough’s wife
Melissa Gonzalez, the wife of Lions quarterback David Blough, qualified for the Olympic semifinal round of the 400-meter hurdles in Tokyo on Friday evening, prompting a Lions watch party. Colombia is represented by Gonzalez. The Lions organization also put up a camera for players going off the field to express their congrats through social media before leaving practice. “David never speaks about you, we have no clue what’s going on,” fellow quarterback Jared Goff said into the camera before urging her to “do your thing.” Dan Campbell, the Lions’ coach, began his press conference on Saturday by stating, “These kind of events don’t come around very often, but to me, it represents enjoying the ride because it was fairly amazing. I can assure you that was a special occasion.”
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Get ready for some pads today, as seen on @SportsCenter this morning! pic.twitter.com/CVrMf2s1mb
July 31, 2021 — JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN)
My takeaway from this morning’s @SportsCenter: The #Titans seem unconcerned with the division’s spotlight shining on them. “Actions speak louder than words,” Kevin Byard remarked. pic.twitter.com/hxxzS6VzuS
July 31, 2021 — TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport NFL)
Jets rookie Zach Wilson bounced back after a rocky start on Friday. Working with the first-team offense, he showed off some of the qualities that drew the Jets to him in the second round: off-balance passes, a fast release, and the ability to throw while moving. In 11-on-11 drills, he completed 14 of 20 throws, including an 80-yard bomb to rookie Elijah Moore. Coach Robert Saleh was able to keep everything in perspective. “He’ll have so many ebbs and flows that he’ll drive us insane,” he said. “However, it’s all part of the learning process.” Cimini, Rich
Due to quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s absence from practice due to personal reasons, rookie Davis Mills was named the starting quarterback on Saturday. At practice, it was red zone day, which coach David Culley described as a good test for the rookie quarterback. Mills struggled on his busiest day of training camp, throwing four interceptions during the team session, two of which were picked off by safety Justin Reid. Taylor will return to practice on Monday, according to Culley, since the Texans are off on Sunday. Sarah Barshop is a writer.
Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks and receiver DK Metcalf collaborated for a big score, with Wilson throwing at least 50 yards downfield. As the ball hung up in the wind, Metcalf made a great adjustment to break away from CB D.J. Reed. More short and intermediate passes are being implemented by coordinator Shane Waldron in order to get the ball out of Wilson’s hands faster, something the Seahawks’ offense struggled with late last season. Wilson’s greatest strength, though, remains the deep ball, which should be a major feature of their passing game. Brady Henderson’s quote
Despite returning to practice on Wednesday, rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney has yet to be seen on the field after testing positive for COVID-19. Toney did not participate in Saturday night’s brief practice, dubbed the “Pro Bowl jog” by coach Joe Judge. But, according to Judge, Toney is improving and accomplishing “more and more.” He seems to be on his way. The Giants haven’t had much success with their rookie class. They have yet to practice with their first-, third-, and fourth-round selections at training camp. Aaron Robinson, a third-round selection, and Elerson Smith, a fourth-round pick, are both out with injuries. Jordan Raanan is a writer.
Trey Lance, a rookie quarterback, ran entirely out of the pocket in his first three NFL sessions. Lance, on the other hand, gave a taste of what he can provide to San Francisco’s offense on Saturday. During team exercises, Lance took off sprinting about a half-dozen times, including three or four planned runs. Mike McGlinchey, right tackle, remarked, “We’ve all been sort of waiting for it.” “We’ve been waiting to see how it works when he takes off, and I believe we ran three or four read zones, which is probably more than we’ve ever done in my four years here.” Jimmy Garoppolo struggled with a few of interceptions, while Lance had a good day passing from the pocket. Nick Wagoner is a writer.
During 7-on-7 and team drills, the Browns’ defense outplayed the offense, including safety John Johnson III’s interception of Baker Mayfield, whose receivers battled to get open against Cleveland’s rebuilt secondary. The Browns were without wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has been sitting out every other session as he recovers from knee surgery last year. Jake Trotter’s remark
After intercepting a throw meant for receiver Cooper Kupp and returning it more than 90 yards for a score, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford got intimately acquainted with cornerback Jalen Ramsey’s ball skills. Stafford bounced back with a touchdown pass to Kupp in the end zone. “Today, Ramsey and the defense made a tremendous play,” coach Sean McVay said. “And then, as much as anything, I’m interested in watching his reaction, and he’s just so calm and unfazed by everything.” Stafford has made regular connections with Kupp, DeSean Jackson, and Robert Woods through four sessions, including a 35-yard pass between two defenders Saturday that prompted applause from the fans. Lindsey Thiry (Lindsey Thiry)
Jaguars coach Urban Meyer is using training camp to practice the two-minute drill. The clock rules are different in the NFL than college — it doesn’t stop for first downs. Meyer said this is one of the reasons he went with established NFL assistants at offensive coordinator and quarterback coach instead of hiring college coaches with no NFL experience. “There are some really good quarterback coaches out there in college that really I thought about, but that’s not fair to [QB Trevor Lawrence],” Meyer said. “A lot of ways the game’s the same, a lot it’s different and clock management is a lot different. It’s also the reality that I think it’s 70 percent of the games are two-minute drills to win or lose.” — Mike DiRocco
Amari Rodgers, a rookie receiver, had to rely on what everyone else said about his quarterback before this week. “Everyone was saying at OTAs, ‘When 12 gets here, it’s just going to be different,’” the Clemson third-round selection said. Saturday’s practice not only demonstrated what Aaron Rodgers is capable of, but it also let him to participate. Rodgers hasn’t missed a beat despite missing the whole summer due to his contract dispute with the club. That featured one of his finest throws of the week, a 40-yard rope down the right sideline to Davante Adams on the run, and one of his signature no looks to Rodgers, which the rookie acknowledged took him off surprise. “I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t prepared,” Amari Rodgers said. “Before he performed it to me, I had seen it a number of times. I was like, ‘Dang,’ when he did it to me. It’s different when you’re the one catching the no-look pass rather than seeing someone else grab it. It was very enjoyable. I’m hoping to capture a few more of them.” Demovsky, Rob
After missing the opening of training camp due to a positive COVID test, Colts coach Frank Reich is scheduled to return when the team returns to practice on Monday. Reich used Zoom to attend all of the team meetings. In Reich’s absence, practice was run by special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone, offensive coordinator Marcus Brady, and defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. Mike Wells’ remark
After a shaky Friday practice, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow rebounded with a much better performance. Burrow’s connection and relationship with rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase were on show when the two connected up for a deep out to the left sideline, which was Burrow’s finest pass of camp. In the day’s 7-on-7 exercises, he was also extremely successful. – Ben Little
The Cowboys mainly faced with game (or half) ending scenarios. With a touchdown throw to Cedrick Wilson, quarterback Garrett Gilbert beat the time. Gilbert moved up in the pocket under duress and found Wilson, who snuck under defender Micah Parsons for the touchdown. For the first half of practice, the offensive had the upper hand, but later in the session, the defensive pressure got the better of the attack. With a reception by Blake Jarwin and a rush by Tony Pollard, the first-team offense scored scores on its first two plays from the goal line. The defense made three consecutive stops on the second go-around. Todd Archer is a writer.
Dean Spanos, the owner of the Los Angeles Chargers, established the rule early on: maintain the players injury-free. As a consequence, first-year coach Brandon Staley required the Chargers to stretch and perform “activation” using bands around their legs and foam rollers for the first 30 minutes of practice. Players claim they’re fully warmed up and ready to go through exercises. Shelly Smith is an author.
Robby Anderson, a wide receiver, made the grab of the night, catching a long ball from backup quarterback Will Grier with one hand. Terrace Marshall Jr., a second-round selection, continues to make an impact with his size, quickness, and athletic ability. Although he doesn’t catch everything, starting quarterback Sam Darnold will use him as a primary target. Steve Smith, Carolina’s all-time top receiver, was pleased as he hosted the broadcast of Saturday’s practice. “He’ll surprise a few people, not as fans, but as individuals who have queued up in front of him,” Smith added. “That young guy is going to take some people’s jobs,” says the narrator. David Newton is an author.
A crowd of about 15,000 people packed Highmark Stadium for the Bills’ first open practice of training camp, creating a game-like atmosphere. The crowd’s enthusiasm mirrored what Buffalo’s defense hopes to offer this season. “They want to be better and make more plays when we’re enthusiastic and making plays,” cornerback Dane Jackson said. “We’re going to attempt to keep it up. It’s always a party when we put on a show.” — Louis-Jacques Marcel
Despite the fact that Najee Harris was born in 1998, he dressed like a running back from the 1970s during the Steelers’ practice on Saturday. The first-round selection received the handoff on the second play of a team run period, raced to his left, and broke through one would-be tackle. In a Walter Payton-like effort, he strung the run out and finally gained five yards. He subsequently said that it wasn’t fully blocked properly, but it’s up to him to break the tackle and create something out of nothing. “What separates a competent running back from an amateur one is what he can produce when a play isn’t blocked for what it was,” Harris said. “That is exactly what I strive to accomplish. When the play is not blocked, I try to produce as much as possible.” Reporters informed Harris that his run resembled Walter Payton’s, and he assured everyone that he understood who that was, even though Payton was far ahead of his time. With a huge smile, he replied, “Come on now, I know Walter Payton.” “Come on, Gale Sayers, you can do it. Walker, Herschel Where else would you want to go? Yes, it’s Berry Sanders.” Brooke Pryor is an actress who plays Brooke Pryor.
Saturday’s practice was jam-packed with energy and jawing. Starting with Janoris Jenkins, who twice intercepted Ryan Tannehill, the defense looked strong. For the first time in camp, the team played music during team period, which, along with the heat, likely led to a few of small scuffles. Nate Davis was the first to become involved with Teair Tart. Denico Autry and Jeffery Simmons then traded helmet yanks with Davis and David Quessenberry. Turron Davenport (Turron Davenport)
The Raiders’ quickest and most physical session of camp so far, and coach Jon Gruden liked what he saw. The Raiders will put on their pads Tuesday. “Practicing before 7:30 a.m. is unusual,” Gruden added, “at least in my coaching experience.” “But it was amazing to see everyone come out with such focus, enthusiasm, and effort. It’s scorching out there… these men must like football since they have to wake up at 5 a.m. every day. That’s encouraging.” Marcus Mariota’s understanding of the system was particularly remarkable, as he was sharp enough to get a high-five from starter Derek Carr after a particularly precise long pass down the left sideline to Marcell Ateman. Gutierrez, Paul
In 11-on-11 drills, Teddy Bridgewater was intercepted three times, including one pass that defensive end McTelvin Agim knocked down, then grabbed and returned for a score. Coach Vic Fangio divided the quarterback repetitions 50-50 between Bridgewater and Drew Lock, who have yet to move the ball successfully against the first-team defense in more than one practice session. Legwold, Jeff
The turnover bucket was created by first-year Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai as a method to motivate the team during training camp. Desai wheeled the blue turnover bucket onto the field every time the Bears forced a turnover in practice, and the Bears slammed a football into it, sometimes imaginatively. When safety Deon Bush intercepted Andy Dalton in a full-team practice on Saturday, the turnover bucket saw a lot of action. As the Bears’ defense put another ball in the bucket, the tiny audience exploded in applause. Dickerson, Jeff
In practice on Saturday, the Chiefs had three rookies on their starting offensive line, and at least two of them, center Creed Humphrey and right guard Trey Smith, are expected to start the regular season. Coach Andy Reid said that if all three players earn their positions, he would start them all. “Of course, you’d prefer experience, but I’ve had success with rookies as well,” Reid remarked. When the Chiefs are allowed to practice in pads for the first time on Tuesday, the fight for starting line positions will begin in earnest. Adam Teicher’s remark
In the first full-team practice at M&T Bank Stadium, the biggest cheer came when first-round pick Rashod Bateman ran past Pro Bowl cornerback Marlon Humphrey and caught a 30-yard touchdown. It was a reminder Bateman averaged 20.3 yards per reception at Minnesota in 2019, his last full season. Bateman had a quiet start to training camp before coming on strong the past two days. Bateman’s night ended early. He didn’t practice for the last 30 minutes after limping to the sideline. — Jamison Hensley
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Coach Brandon Staley of the Chargers praises quarterback Justin Herbert.
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July 31, 2021 — Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs)
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July 31, 2021 — Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders)
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— July 31, 2021, Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL)
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July 31, 2021 — Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys)
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— July 31, 2021, Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins)
To hear what a day at #EaglesCamp sounds like, turn up the volume. pic.twitter.com/MRY6AcUPqj #FlyEaglesFly
July 31, 2021 — Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles)
Coming off his first Pro Bowl season, Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson has a new swag. Longer hair means a more refined approach.
He claims to be more “at ease.” This off-season, he also attended Tight End U., which gave him a better understanding of what it takes to be a great tight end. pic.twitter.com/mFIq9W20ec
July 31, 2021 — Eric Woodyard (@E Woodyard)
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Today, Mr. @A kamara6 is rocking No. 6!
It’s not a long-term move – he’s having a good time with his @Vol Football number – #SaintsCamp pic.twitter.com/byPMUcCD7d
— July 31, 2021, New Orleans Saints (@Saints)
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July 31, 2021 — Green Bay Packers (@packers)
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August 1, 2021 — Carolina Panthers (@Panthers)
Today’s practice at Highmark Stadium drew 15,000 spectators.
#BillsMafia, you’re the greatest! pic.twitter.com/kq6WQI4fra
July 31, 2021 — Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills)
Without you, it wasn’t the same.
It’s wonderful to see fans return. pic.twitter.com/T5YZ8Pdzxh
July 31, 2021 — Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL)
Today’s NFL quotes
“It was the same scenario when I first arrived to Clemson, and it needs to remain that way. Nothing can be provided; it must be a competition. When you start handing out stuff to individuals, you’re setting a bad example for the rest of the team.” Trevor Lawrence, a rookie quarterback with the Jaguars, has been named the team’s starting quarterback. “I’ve been on the sidelines for 22 years, but with my spouse, I’m lot more active and engaged today. We are ecstatic with our new leadership team, which is fantastic. They’re very powerful. Outside of football, and in everything they’ve done, they’ve been the top in their class. So, you’ll see a lot of fantastic progress and that we’re listening to all of our supporters, and we want to see you at the stadium.” Tanya Snyder, co-CEO of the Washington Football Team
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