NFL coaching camp updates 2022

For many groups, Monday marked the primary day gamers suited up in pads for 2022 NFL coaching camp, a positive signal that issues are getting actual forward of Thursday’s Corridor of Fame recreation kickoff between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders on the Tom Benson Corridor of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

It is also the primary time that some gamers hit the sector for observe. San Francisco 49ers broad receiver Deebo Samuel made his camp debut after inking his three-year contract extension price as much as $73.5 million. Denver Broncos receiver KJ Hamler returned from his torn left ACL, and Carolina Panthers second-year cornerback Jaycee Horn was again in motion after breaking his proper foot throughout his rookie marketing campaign. Neither of them performed after Week 3 final season because of their accidents.

With the pads on, issues are selecting up all through the NFL. Who made a mark Monday? Who received dinged up? Who had probably the most enjoyable?

This is what you could know from camps throughout the league:

What our NFL Nation reporters noticed in the present day

Miami Dolphins: Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa continued to look calm and decisive as a passer. He did throw a purple zone interception to cornerback Trill Williams after a miscommunication with receiver Jaylen Waddle, however he and Waddle related for a landing earlier in observe with All-Professional cornerback Xavien Howard draped throughout him. Tagovailoa’s accuracy has been a spotlight of his camp up to now, as is his willingness and skill to throw the deep ball — one thing he didn’t do a lot of throughout the 2021 season. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

New York Jets: The Zach Wilson-led offense sputtered in its first true check of coaching camp — a “live” 11-on-11 on the finish of observe. The Jets name it a “move the ball” interval, however Wilson & Co. actually did not transfer the ball. Two possessions, two three-and-outs. “Not so hot,” offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur mentioned. Coach Robert Saleh claimed the “defense was on fire,” which is what you’d count on a defensive-minded coach to say. It was one other lackluster observe for the second-year quarterback Wilson, who could not get a lot going after a protracted landing cross to receiver Elijah Moore initially of observe. LaFleur mentioned Wilson is making each day, nuanced enchancment in his recreation. — Wealthy Cimini

Atlanta Falcons: There wasn’t the large pop you often see from the primary day of padded practices with the Falcons, nevertheless it was apparent how good of a participant defensive sort out Grady Jarrett is as soon as the pads got here on. Jarrett, it appeared like, was within the backfield and making large variations towards the Falcons’ offensive line all through the primary day with pads. It could have been extra noticeable had the Falcons been allowed to take gamers to the bottom — they are not — however Jarrett grew to become a relentless disruption to offensive consistency towards left guard Elijah Wilkinson and heart Drew Dalman, who have been with the primary group Monday as they compete with Jalen Mayfield (left guard) and Matt Hennessy (heart) for beginning roles. — Michael Rothstein

Washington Commanders: Receiver Curtis Samuel, who performed simply 5 video games final season due to a groin and later a hamstring harm, didn’t observe Monday. Washington began decreasing his workload in observe late final week. Coach Ron Rivera mentioned Samuel isn’t coping with any groin points, however they wish to take it slowly with him. They first needed to see the place he was bodily early in camp. On the second day, he lower sharply after the catch to create further yards. Nevertheless, since then, he hasn’t performed a lot in full-team drills. “It’s all about the plan,” Rivera mentioned. “[After] looking at him, there was a little concern about football conditioning and shape. You can condition all you want, but to come back and do some things you want to do, you have to be smart about it.” The excellent news for Washington: working again Antonio Gibson did return to full-team work after being restricted with a minor hamstring difficulty final week. — John Keim

Tennessee Titans: Rookie cornerback Roger McCreary had a extremely good day. McCreary broke up 5 passes throughout group and 7-on-7 durations. He additionally had sticky protection throughout 1-on-1s, the place he has constantly been matched up towards first-round choose Treylon Burks. “Our main focus is to get each other better,” McCreary mentioned after observe. “If he makes a good play, I tell him ‘good job.’ We talk back and forth.” — Turron Davenport

Kansas Metropolis Chiefs: The Chiefs received a scare when quarterback Patrick Mahomes acquired consideration from the trainers on the sideline after being stepped on by a teammate late in observe. Mahomes left one play earlier than the top of his scheduled time, and retreated to the medical tent to permit trainers to look at his left foot. He returned to the observe subject in time to hitch his teammates for his or her traditional post-practice stretching and working routine. Mahomes later mentioned he can be nice, however the state of affairs bears watching. — Adam Teicher

Buffalo Payments: The Payments’ protection was the general winner of the group’s second observe in pads — partly because of the continued shuffling of the offensive line because of accidents and the corresponding sturdy play of the line of defense, together with defensive sort out Ed Oliver, who has had an excellent camp. A combat broke out throughout Monday’s session, and there have been some spectacular moments, however linebacker Tremaine Edmunds’ interception of quarterback Josh Allen is worthy of recognition. For Edmunds to take one other step ahead in his fifth season and a contract 12 months, he must make extra splash performs, which defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier mentioned, “will help propel us to another level.” Towards the top of observe, the center linebacker dropped into protection, learn Allen nicely and got here down with the cross meant for broad receiver Stefon Diggs. Not dangerous for a splash play. Security Micah Hyde additionally returned to observe in pads after lacking in the future to a hip/glute harm, however he didn’t take part in group drills. — Alaina Getzenberg

Philadelphia Eagles: Rookie defensive sort out Jordan Davis opened some eyes throughout Monday’s session. His mixture of dimension (6-foot-6, 340 kilos), pace and athleticism was an excessive amount of for a lot of the lineman who went towards him throughout one-on-one drills. Davis received work with the primary group throughout group drills and was efficient consuming up double groups and producing strain up the intestine. Anticipate Davis, the first-round select of Georgia, to be a direct contributor. — Tim McManus

New York Giants: The complete pads got here on Monday for the primary time at Giants observe. It nonetheless did not appear to alter a lot for the passing recreation, which continues to wrestle. Quarterback Daniel Jones was 5-of-13 passing throughout stay durations, throughout which broad receiver Kenny Golladay caught one quick cross. They’d one explosive cross — the primary time they put the ball within the air — on a completion over the center to rookie Wan’Dale Robinson. Nonetheless, the Giants are insistent there is not a must panic. It is early, and they’re making progress. “I feel like there is good competition on both sides of the ball,” mentioned Golladay. “I definitely like what we’re doing. [Monday] was the first day of pads, and it was good to see the running game going a little bit. Give the ball to Saquon [Barkley]. It was exciting.” — Jordan Raanan

Jacksonville Jaguars: Working again James Robinson (Achilles) hasn’t but been cleared to observe totally, in order that has meant loads of work for rookie working again Snoop Conner. The fifth-round select of Ole Miss had his greatest observe on Monday. He had two lengthy runs, together with one down the sideline, and scored on an inside run from contained in the 10-yard line. The knock on Conner was his lack of pace (he ran the 40 in 4.59 seconds on the mix), however he has regarded faster than anticipated at camp. Conner caught solely 32 passes in three seasons at Ole Miss, however he has proven in camp that he could be a dependable pass-catcher. Even when Robinson returns (the Jaguars are hoping for mid-August), it is unrealistic to count on him to renew his regular workload for some time, and early in camp it, appears to be like like Conner could also be concerned extra within the offense than simply as a goal-line again. — Michael DiRocco

Las Vegas Raiders: Lester Cotton Sr. has been the feel-good story of camp. Lower 4 occasions by the Raiders and having spent 2020 out of soccer, Cotton has been on the ascent since signing with the observe squad final season and is in line to start out at proper guard. “When I got released in 2020, my second year, it was a big wake-up call,” Cotton mentioned Monday. “I was out 10 months. I had to really, like, look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘If this is what I’m going to do, I have to lock in and be 100%.’ That’s what I’ve been doing every day.” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr recalled Cotton asking him as a rookie, in 2019, what he needed to do to be a beginning guard. “I said, ‘Man, keep working your butt off,'” Carr recalled. “At the time, you [could] see who we had there and it was going to be hard for him. But I told Lester when we were walking to our cars yesterday, ‘Lester, I’m so proud of you. Because through the cuts, through the re-signs, through this and that, new schemes, you have done nothing but put your head down.'” — Paul Gutierrez

Inexperienced Bay Packers: All it’s a must to do to know it is the particular groups portion of coaching camp is hear. It will be the loudest interval of observe. It is protected to say new particular groups coordinator Wealthy Bisaccia would not stand for gamers who lower corners or do not take note of particulars. On Monday, he did not like the way in which the punt group broke the huddle, so he instantly blew his whistle and ran from 30 yards down the sector to verify the group knew it. He informed them — no, screamed at them — to get again within the huddle and are available out quicker to lineup. It’s miles too quickly to say whether or not the Packers’ particular groups might be any higher than final season — not that they could possibly be a lot worse — nevertheless it will not be for a scarcity of vociferous teaching. “I don’t know if you guys can feel it,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur mentioned, “but there certainly is a purpose, an intensity when we go to those periods.” — Rob Demovsky — Rob Demovsky

Carolina Panthers: Baker Mayfield maybe confirmed the primary signal of making separation between him and Sam Darnold in competitors for the beginning quarterback job throughout purple zone drills within the first padded observe. The previous Browns starter, working with the second-team offense, threw three landing passes towards the second-team protection. Darnold scrambled for a landing however did not throw one — though he was shut as soon as. Darnold additionally put the ball on the bottom with a foul pitch that he owned as much as by doing pushups with out being informed to. “I was a little ticked off after it,” Darnold said. “I did not know what to do, so I began doing pushups.” The 2 quarterbacks will change roles once more on Tuesday, with Mayfield working with the 1s. And as coach Matt Rhule once more reminded, the competitors is way from over. “We’re not any in the future for this,” he mentioned. — David Newton


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