Posted by Matt Olson

8/28 Training Camp Update

July 7, 2023

Washington RBs: “Washington may keep four backs on the gameday roster since Turner’s system uses plenty of two-back sets. If the decision is only three, it’s Peterson, Gibson and McKissic. Love’s return is hopeful but methodical. He’s working primarily with the second and third teams. With Peterson secured as the early-down back, it’s Gibson and McKissic deployed by Turner as the electric chess pieces.”  

Jonnu Smith: “So well-rounded. He’s top five for me. He’s an every-down player,” an NFC exec said of Jonnu Smith. He’s having a stellar camp and has developed good chemistry with Ryan Tannehill. 

DPJ Flashes: “Donovan Peoples-Jones caught a deep touchdown pass from Case Keenum in team scrimmage. Peoples-Jones has had some impressive moments in training camp. He took some reps with the first group of receivers on Thursday.” 

Blake Jarwin: “He’s spreading his wings now … coming into his own. He just keeps getting better. He’s got a chance to be a great TE” 

D’Andre Swift: “Sure looks like the real deal when he’s been out on the field. Problem is he’s barely been out on the field lately, and wasn’t on Friday either as he continues to battle injury 

Parris Campbell: Held out of practice (concussion protocol). He was involved in a car wreck yesterday.

Ronald Jones: Had a good scrimmage for the Bucs, but injured his left foot and had a wrap on it. Doesn’t seem serious but we are monitoring.

Scotty Miller: Hauled in a 45 yard pass from Tom Brady in the scrimmage. Brady on Miller: “He’s another great, consistent, dependable, trustworthy player … He’s displaying things and showing everybody that he deserves a big role. You can trust where he’s going to be. He makes the plays when they come his way.” 

Tom Brady: Led his offense to three scores in four tries, two TDs and a field goal. Unofficially he was 13 of 18 for 170 yards and two throwaways.

TY Hilton: “I can’t help but feel like TY Hilton has had a bit of a quiet camp. He’s doing his job. It’s just that Rivers has made surprisingly little use of his WRs vs what I expected. Interesting.” Nyheim Hines has been heavily targeted by Rivers. 

JD McKissic: Continues to stand out in Washington. His athleticism and burst is apparent on every play. He’s going to have a role in that backfield. “McKissic had one of the best performances of practice and showed off his athleticism as a runner and pass catcher. He had quick bursts through open gaps in the offensive line and was often a reliable target for quarterbacks…During 2-min drills, he ended a series with a TD run” 

Ke’Shawn Vaughn: Did not look good running the ball. He had a fumble, but did have a nice catch-and-run on a screen pass for a first down. Arians on Vaughn fumbling in today’s scrimmage: I don’t care what year you are, you can’t fumble the damn ball and be a running back here. 

Joe Mixon: Still missing from practice. Bengals say it’s migraines, but some beat reporters speculate that it’s contract related.

Blake Jarwin and Michael Gallup: Had a lot of catches today as Amari Cooper and Ceedee Lamb got the day off.

Corey Coleman: “Seems to be putting it all together… has flashed reliable hands and some explosiveness.” Roster lock. 

David Sills: Also a roster lock. “Has been a standout on offense…catching nearly every pass thrown his way and showing an ability to consistently get open.” 

Damien Harris: One beat reporter predicts that Harris will be the lead back with Michel offering the occasional spell. The Patriots held a light scrimmage today. The “Blue Team” seemed to contain the first team offense: Cam Newton, Sony Michel, James White, Julian Edelman, N’Keal Harry, Damiere Bryd. Harris was on the “White Team”. Could mean something, could mean nothing. Regardless, he’s had a standout camp and should get more of a shot this year.

Darnell Mooney: “The Bears are definitely in the process of sketching out a role for (WR Darnell) Mooney this season. He’s playing with the starters and against the Bears’ best defenders. He’s Taylor Gabriel but with better moves after he has the ball.” 

Benny Snell: Showed up to camp down 12 pounds from last year and it is showing. “In one drill, in particular, Snell proved that he can juke a defender just as easily as he can run one over. He’s shown quickness and power. Maybe more noticeable than anything else is his determination to be more than a just-in-case guy this year. Tomlin is pretty much committed to Conner as the lead back; he’s not much into the running-back-by-committee approach even though Conner hasn’t had an injury-free year in his pro career, having missed nine games and parts of five others over the past two seasons. Given Conner’s injury troubles, Snell is legitimately a play away from a prominent role. More likely, he is a year away.”  

Frank Gore: “Frank Gore is the most productive back at Jets training camp. Yes, you read that right. I know Le’Veon Bell is the all-pro, highest-paid, big-play guy with the all-world reputation, but the Jets are getting far more production out of Gore.” 

LaViska Shenault: “He’s looked solid. Needs work on routes (as any rookie does) but I’ve been surprised by how good his hands are.” 

Ryan Tannehill: Had a good practice where he was on target. Made a couple nice throws to Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith.

Olabisi Johnson: “(Olabisi) Johnson is again turning heads at training camp and has so far done enough to hold off Justin Jefferson…He doesn’t do anything flashy, but he consistently creates space and has good hands…he seems to have built chemistry with and earned the trust of Kirk Cousins.” 

Chris Thompson: “Has been one of the stars of red zone drills during camp this year. If he stays healthy, which has admittedly been an issue for him in the past, he has the potential to play a big role in the passing game.” 

Jauan Jennings: Not taking advantage of his opportunity. “Had a rough practice. He had a dropped third-down pass then couldn’t hold onto a Nick Mullens pass that Jared Mayden intercepted.” 

Allen Lazard: “Rodgers hits Lazard in the middle of the field” is something you can get used to hearing. 

George Kittle: Kyle Shanahan says Kittle is just dealing with tightness in his hamstring. Tests showed no strains or anything worse. Kittle held out of practice today. 

Todd Gurley: “One of the clear takeaways from today’s scrimmage, for me, was just how good Todd Gurley looked. It was his first substantial piece of action in a scrimmage, and he looked fast and agile. I really liked his acceleration on outside runs and when cutting upfield.” 

Jimmy Garoppolo:  Stats from today’s practice at Levi’s Stadium: 12 of 24, 111 yards, 0 INT, TD (5 yards to TE Jordan Reed on third-and goal).  – 

Colts Rookies:  “The opening 11-on-11 session ended with completions to JT and Pittman Jr: first, Rivers found Taylor all alone in the flat, and he sprinted up the sideline for a huge gain. On the next play, Rivers found Pittman Jr over the middle. Taylor would later add a 10-yard TD reception”  – 

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