It was an enormous birthday Wednesday across the NFL.
None was greater (or older) than Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady turning 45. There have been many “goat” tributes available throughout social media.
Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 38, was requested on the finish of his Wednesday information convention if he’ll nonetheless be taking part in when he is 45.
Rodgers answered in a short time and with an enormous smile: “No, no. But happy birthday, Tom.”
Brady’s wasn’t the one birthday of observe. New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson turned 23 and promptly had his finest apply this yr.
Different NFL gamers who celebrated Aug. 3 birthdays included Los Angeles Chargers security Derwin James (26), Kansas Metropolis Chiefs working again Ronald Jones (25), Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo and Jets linebacker Kwon Alexander (28).
And do not look now, however there’s additionally a sport on Thursday! The Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders will conflict within the Corridor of Fame Sport at Tom Benson Corridor of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
However again to motion Wednesday. Some rookies stood out whereas others stood shut and listened intently whereas being tutored by legendary vets. A few groups had exercises indoors, and a few took the time off.
This is what you’ll want to know from camps throughout the league:
What our NFL Nation reporters noticed right this moment
Baltimore Ravens: Adam Dedeaux, Lamar Jackson’s private quarterback coach, is at coaching camp this week. Jackson is consistently speaking to Dedeaux all through apply.
“We feel very fortunate,” Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman stated. “Anything we can do to help our cause. I think Adam is a real strength for us. I love talking football with him. Later, after meetings tonight, we’ll sit down and talk quarterback play and technique and fundamentals. He’s a real joy to have around.” On Wednesday, Jackson remained correct, finishing 25-of-33 passes (75.7%).. — Jamison Hensely
San Francisco 49ers: Within the one week because the Niners opened camp, one participant has appeared significantly able to make an enormous leap in his third NFL season: broad receiver Brandon Aiyuk.
Aiyuk was at it once more Wednesday, hauling in a landing from backup QB Nate Sudfeld during which he climbed the ladder behind the tip zone and acquired two toes down for a rating. He caught one other landing catch from Trey Lance alongside the suitable sideline the place he tapped his toes down. Earlier, he got here down with a deep ball in opposition to Ambry Thomas for a tricky contested catch. Aiyuk has made related performs on daily basis of camp, incomes the respect of all teammates.
“Right now he’s having an outstanding camp,” security Jimmie Ward stated. “I feel like he’s having the best camp out of everybody on the team offense and defense. OK, besides [Nick] Bosa… But I’m just saying BA is taking his game to another level. It’s crazy.”
Aiyuk spent his offseason working with Lance in Southern California, so it is no shock to see him making an impression. If he continues down this path, he may problem George Kittle and Deebo Samuel to be this workforce’s most efficient pass-catcher. — Nick Wagoner
Denver Broncos: The Broncos now need to go with out broad receiver Tim Patrick of their offense. Patrick suffered a torn proper ACL in Tuesday’s apply and can miss the common season.
The Broncos will miss Patrick’s toughness, his willingness to guide and his knack for getting open within the pink zone.
“Got to see him, [Wednesday]” said Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett. ” … We did not speak [Tuesday], he was making an attempt to take a second which I revered. However acquired to see him [Wednesday], huge hugs, nice smile on his face … [but] this is a chance for any person to step up.”
Rookie Montrell Washington — a fifth-round choose this previous April who’s already in line to be the workforce’s kickoff and punt returner — has proven he could possibly be prepared for extra responsibility as broad receiver extra rapidly than anticipated.
Washington has repeatedly proven he has the pace to win the ball on deep routes, and regardless of his dimension — 5-foot-10, 170 kilos — has competed for the powerful catches. That has to translate into the preseason video games, and if it does, the Broncos will discover some snaps for him within the offense. — Jeff Legwold
Washington Commanders: Large receiver Curtis Samuel returned to apply after sitting out the previous three days of exercises. Samuel’s Washington profession has been marred by begins and, largely, stops. Samuel performed in simply 5 video games final yr due to a groin damage after which a hamstring damage. This spring, Samuel was out and in of practices due to some tightness within the hamstring. So Washington coach Ron Rivera stated they wish to be good with him and “ramp him up” to ensure he is again in soccer form. Samuel was lively in full-team work Wednesday, catching a number of passes on screens or beneath throws. Samuel moved and reduce nicely — when he labored with trainers the previous a number of days he continued to chop sharply. Wednesday, Samuel was aligned on the identical facet at instances as rookie receiver Jahan Dotson and veteran Terry McLaurin, offering a quick and numerous trio for defenses to cowl. Washington’s offense will probably be significantly better if Samuel can keep on the sphere. — John Keim
New York Giants: The day of relaxation seems to have labored. Large receiver Kenny Golladay had his finest day of coaching camp after spending many of the earlier afternoon watching on a semi-maintenance day. Golladay, who did not rating a landing and struggled in his first season with the Giants final yr, beat beginning cornerback Adoree’ Jackson for a protracted landing in 1-on-1 drills. He additionally caught three passes in dwell intervals in his most lively day of the summer season. It is a promising signal contemplating Golladay wasn’t transferring significantly nicely for the second consecutive yr early in camp. “Last year there were a lot of injuries involved,” Golladay stated earlier this week. “I think this year is a little bit better as far as just the training staff, strength staff and then coaching staff taking care of our bodies and us as players doing the right things on and off the field.” Appears the additional day of relaxation paid dividends on this case. — Jordan Raanan
Atlanta Falcons: With the season-ending damage to Vincent Taylor, there are alternatives on the Falcons’ line of defense rotation and this could possibly be a spot the place a stunning participant wins a job. Third-year professional Jalen Dalton, who was kicked out of Saturday’s apply for throwing a punch, has gotten some first-team reps, and undrafted free agent Derrick Tangelo has constantly flashed the primary week in pads. It should create an fascinating battle as coaching camp strikes on at one of many extra intriguing positions on the roster. — Michael Rothstein
New England Patriots: In a slower-tempo apply not held in full pads, QB Mac Jones flashed a hand sign to WR DeVante Parker earlier than the snap, and shortly thereafter threw a go in his course alongside the left sideline that was intercepted by CB Terrance Mitchell. It seemed to be a breakdown in communication between Jones and Parker, as Jones’ throw indicated he was anticipating a unique kind of route. It has been a wrestle at instances for the Patriots’ offense early in camp, and this was an instance of the issues they’re working by. It was Jones’ fourth INT of camp (seven practices). — Mike Reiss
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs: The Chiefs continued to type by a deep group of working backs with a bodily apply that included an prolonged interval devoted to the working sport. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Ronald Jones, Derrick Gore and rookie Isiah Pacheco every had a number of carries within the interval and every had at the least one productive run. The Chiefs have one other working again in Jerick McKinnon who shines as a receiver, so that they face a tricky resolution at working again when it comes time to trim the roster. The Chiefs might wind up conserving 4 backs. — Adam Teicher
Carolina Panthers: Many assumed the left sort out job would go to rookie Ikem Ekwonu, chosen No. 6 total within the April draft. However to this point the job has belonged to 2021 third-round choose Brady Christensen, who gained the employees’s confidence final season due to the best way he performed within the closing couple of video games. It comes all the way down to method, and it was apparent watching Christensen and Ekwonu in Wednesday’s pass-rush drills that Christensen had a determined edge. So do not be shocked if the previous BYU left sort out will get the nod there for the season opener. “He’s got a long way to go,” coach Matt Rhule said of Ekwonu. “He does some issues very well naturally. He is unbelievably highly effective and gifted. However there’s quite a bit to this sport. … He has a protracted methods to go. He’ll get there, however on daily basis he is started working.”— David Newton
Inexperienced Bay Packers: If it is arduous for Christian Watson to take a seat again and watch fellow rookie receiver Romeo Doubs get all the eye in coaching camp, he is not letting on. In actual fact, Watson was photographed in mid-jump celebrating with Doubs after a play in apply. “We’re going to celebrate each other’s successes,” Watson stated. Nonetheless, Watson, the Packers’ second-round choose, admitted that being sidelined to start out coaching camp as a result of he underwent knee surgical procedure this summer season has taken its toll. “It’s definitely frustrating, but I’ve tried not to let that affect me too much,” Watson stated. In the meantime, the reward retains coming for Doubs, the fourth-round choose. “Every single day, there’s been at least one kind of ‘Wow’ play for him,” Aaron Rodgers stated Wednesday. “And that’s kind of rare for a young guy like that. Now we’ve had some guys over the years kind of do that, but they’re all in the top 10 I think in the Packers’ receiving history. So good start for him.” — Rob Demovsky
Los Angeles Chargers: Security Derwin James, the important thing playmaker within the Chargers’ secondary, has continued a hold-in that now has lasted seven days as he awaits an settlement on a contract extension. Coach Brandon Staley stated Wednesday that there was no replace on James’ scenario. In James’ absence, security Nasir Adderley has commanded consideration over the past two practices, intercepting passes from quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Chase Daniel. “Really big-time break by him. Great play,” Staley stated about Adderley’s interception off Daniel, which concerned a diving effort (and led to a momentarily scary collision with receiver Maurice Ffrench, who remained on the grass for a number of minutes earlier than standing up. Staley stated afterward he was “OK.”). “I told you guys at the end of minicamp that I thought that he was a real bright spot, a standout,” Staley stated about Adderley. “He’s really flashing in the run game and in the passing game.” — Lindsey Thiry
New Orleans Saints: Security Tyrann Mathieu made his first look at coaching camp on Wednesday morning after lacking the primary week resulting from a private matter. Mathieu participated within the workforce walkthrough and particular person drills however stayed out of 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills as a part of the steps to get his conditioning again up. Additionally, broad receiver Michael Thomas took the following step in his development from his ankle damage that triggered him to overlook final season, taking part in 7-on-7 drills for the primary time. Saints quarterback Jameis Winston wasted no time in getting the ball to Thomas, kicking off the 7-on-7 session with two fast throws to Thomas, who made catches in opposition to Bryce Thompson and Bradley Roby. Thomas additionally caught a go from Andy Dalton to start out the following arrange 7-on-7 drills, ending the day 3-for-3. — Katherine Terrell
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