Posted by Matt Olson

Training Camp Recap 8/17/2022

August 7, 2023

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New England Patriots

Nelson Agholor – Agholor had his best day of camp today. DeVante Parker was the Pats star at WR at the beginning of camp, but he has been silent recently, while Agholor has turned it on…

“Nelson Agholor with a WOW touchdown in the red zone.

Agholor pulled down a 10-yard slot fade touchdown from Mac Jones between two Carolina defenders. Looked destined to be a PBU.”

“Agholor continued to have a fantastic camp. He looked like the Patriots best receiver on Tuesday, hauling in four of Jones’ 11 completions in full-teams. Agholor also had a highlight-reel touchdown when he jumped over two players to make a great catch on a 20-yard Jones pass.”

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones + AJ Dillon – A day after Rodgers was very critical of the wide receivers in this new look offense, he’s now praising his two running backs. It’ll be interesting to see if they can find ways to get both these backs on the field together in some capacity this year.

“Interesting from Aaron Rodgers on Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon yesterday after he bemoaned the physical and mental mistakes from the offense, especially from young receivers:

’We’ve got to get our best 11 on the field and it seems like those two are both in the best 11.’”

Carolina Panthers

Baker Mayfield – Baker Mayfield has continued to pull away from Sam Darnold and seems to be the front runner to start week 1 for the Carolina Panthers.

“The fact that Baker Mayfleld was first up with 1s in team red zone drills for the second straight day seems to add some clarity to the crystal ball of Panthers OC Ben McAdoo.”

”Baker Mayfleld connects with DJ Moore for red zone TD. Much sharper today.”

Carolina Panthers

DJ Moore – DJ Moore touchdowns in 2019 – 4. DJM touchdowns in 2020 – 4. DJM touchdowns in 2021 – 4. Here’s hoping Baker Mayfield fully unleashes DJ Moore.

”DJ Moore has had a real nice day for the Panthers. Pats corners have been all over him and he’s made some nice catches in traffic.”

New England Patriots

Mac Jones + Jonnu Smith – Smith had a bit of a down year last year coming over from the Titans but the Patriots invested heavily in Jonnu so it’s nice to see him making the most of Hunter Henry’s absence in camp right now.

“Back to back big plays for the offense to start 11’s. Mac Jones with a touchdown pass to Jonnu Smith who made a nice catch in traffic followed up with a beautiful throw to the corner of the end zone to Nelson Agholor who made the back shoulder grab.”

“Jonnu Smith was much better in 1v1s today. He went 3-0 and drew a hold.”

New England Patriots

Ty Montgomery – Ty Montgomery continues to turn heads in camp as he is competing for that James White role in this new Patriots offense.

“Ty Montgomery makes a one-handed grab over his head running along the end line against Duke Dawson.”

Tennessee Titans

Austin Hooper – Austin Hooper seems to be making a connection with QB Ryan Tannehill.

“Ryan Tannehill to Austin Hooper is heating up this period. Ball on 25 w/1:30. Tannehill hit Hopper 3 consecutive times. Then went to Dontrell Hilliard.”

Cinncinati Bengals

Hayden Hurst – Hurst is replacing CJ Uzomah who flashed last season with the Bengals. There’s not a ton of targets to go around with Chase and Higgins demanding so much attention but Hurst could be a sleeper this year after falling flat as a sleeper in Atlanta just a few years ago.

“Bengals QB Joe Burrow called new TE Hayden Hurst ‘very twitchy.’ Said that he expects Hurst to get a lot of one-on-one matchups that he should be able to win.”

Minnesota Vikings

Justin Jefferson – it’s scary to think that Jefferson is still getting better. He has a legit chance to be the WR1 this year in fantasy.

“Down both of their starting CBs, the 49ers had no chance to cover Justin Jefferson on Wednesday…

As it was, Jefferson did whatever he wanted all day. He won in 1-on-1s, he won in 7-on-7s, and he won in full-team drills…

Folks, the man is good at football.”

Denver Broncos

Javonte Williams – Melvin Gordon mentioned that the team wants Javonte Williams to be the lead back but he reiterates that he plans to work hard and make the most of his snaps this year. Speculation has run wild as to what percentage of split the running back room will look like this year but it’s clear to the coaches and the fantasy community that Javonte is the more exciting back of the two.

“My favorite thing about Melvin Gordon – honest to a fault. It’s appreciated. He realizes Javonte is their plan but he’s not giving up.”

“Melvin Gordon on Javonte Williams getting the first snaps at practice: ‘They want ‘Vonte to be the guy’”

“Melvin Gordon on how he can earn the starting role: ‘When I get in there, I gotta make it count’”

Green Bay Packers

Sammy Watkins – Aaron Rodgers called out his young wide receivers and seemed to praise the veterans in this group and now Sammy Watkins is beginning to flash and click with Rodgers in camp – maybe Watkins breaks out in this new Packers offense without Adams?

“Sammy Watkins off to a strong start again today. Snagged a back-shoulder TD in red zone work vs. Paulson Adebo. That’s the kind of thing Rodgers was talking yesterday when he said he’ll throw to the guys he trusts.”

“Rodgers back shoulder in red zone to Watkins who made a fantastic catch through contact at the goaline for a touchdown.”

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Carolina Panthers

Sam Darnold – it looks like the writing is on the wall for Sam Darnold to be the backup to Baker Mayfield this year to start the season after the Panthers traded for Baker Mayfield this offseason.

“Sam Darnold with the ones. And he is promptly picked off by Jalen Mills on the first play of team.”

Jacksonville Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence – Lawrence has a chance to have a real bounce back sophomore year now that he’s out from under Urban Meyer but it sounds like the offense had a rough day today.

“Trevor Lawrence finished practice 19/35 in team drills with three turnover worthy throws and several that were off the mark. Three drops. Rough day for the offense. The defense is playing with a ton of confidence after a stellar few days.”

Green Bay Packers

Packers rookie wide receivers – Maybe we all need to pump the brakes on the Romeo Doubs hype… Rodgers was very critical of his young wide receivers recent performances.

“Aaron Rodgers concisely on Jordan Love’s 3 INTs

‘Dropped pick, not a great route, not a great finish by Romeo. The one that becomes a bogus pick. And then a bad decision but a terrible route inside.’

The box score scouts are furious.”

“‘We should have been smoking down the seam and have a chance at a touchdown, instead we’re in a tight spot with the pocket collapsing, throwing a contested ball to a guy running the wrong route,’— Rodgers on the Love/Amari INT

He went to bat for QB2 pretty hard.”

“Packers O with a brutal opening team period vs. Saints D. In 16 plays, they dropped back to pass four times and completed none. Aaron Rodgers picked off by Marcus Maye on a heave deep middle. Jordan Love “sacked” by Niko Lalos. A drop by Tyler Davis. Runs mostly went nowhere.”

“Rodgers throws deep to Romeo Doubs and ball is picked off. Rodgers not happy and shows Doubs he wanted route more to the post. Ball was either under thrown or Doubs was really out of position. Maybe both.”


San Francisco 49ers

Danny Gray – Gray flashed scoring a TD in his first preseason game on a pass from Trey Lance and he has continued to flash in camp.

“Watch Danny Gray just cook Patrick Peterson here.”

“Absolutely love how Danny Gray’s speed can open up the San Francisco offense. Gonna be fun watching him and Trey Lance connect this season.”

Green Bay Packers

Romeo Doubs – Doubs has gotten a ton of praise in camp but this shows that the rookie WR is human and that he is still working through some early rookie hiccups in camp.

”It wasn’t all bad. MLF said Romeo Doubs ‘did a great job at the line of scrimmage yesterday beating press conference’ but he needs to catch that deep ball from Rodgers down the right sideline.”

Pittsburgh Steelers

Jaylen Warren – this is a fun update; Jaylen Warren has impressed so far in camp and is obviously taking his small fumbling issues seriously which could go a long way with coach Tomlin.

“Steelers rookie RB Jaylen Warren, since fumbling Saturday night, has been carrying a football with him everywhere he goes.”

Tennessee Titans

Malik Willis – Willis is going to be a project for Tennessee as they continue to develop the young QB who looked like he had a rough go of it at practice today.

“You can chalk the Malik Willis 2 minute drive to a learning experience. Guilty of holding the ball too long waiting for receivers to get open on about 3 of his throws.”

Los Angeles Rams

Kyren Williams – the rookie has a chance to flash with both Henderson and Akers being held out for precautionary reasons with soft tissue injuries.

“Kyren Williams won’t play Friday against the Texans, but he might play against the Bengals next week.

McVay says he’s done ‘a really good job’”

“Sean McVay says the Rams haven’t decided whether rookie RB Kyren Williams will play in either of the last 2 preseason games, but said he looked great with a big workload in today’s scrimmage. McVay praised Williams’ work ethic coming back from injury.”

New Orleans Saints

Chris Olave – Olave has had a great camp and has flashed his downfield receiving skills. He has some competition in the wide receiver room with Michael Thomas looking healthy and Jarvis Landry signing in New Orleans this offseason but there’s a chance Olave breaks out in his rookie year.

“One star player for the Saints over the two days was Chris Olave. He plays well beyond his years and even beat Jaire Alexander for an easy completion along the sidelines which basically never happens. Olave had a big completion against (Rasul) Douglas as well.”

Pittsburgh Steelers

Kenny Pickett – Pickett is getting work in with the 2nd team now when he was consistently getting work with the 3rd team to start camp so that’s good news for the rookie QB.

“Kenny Pickett again the second quarterback in 11-on-11 drills. First play Pickett rolls out, locks eyes w Gunner who takes short route upfield for big gain on nice throw to Kenny moving left.”

“Kenny Pickett again with the second team. Third straight day. On first play, he fires a nice ball down left sideline to Gunner Olszewski.”

Houston Texans

Dameon Pierce – the drumbeat for Pierce to be the starting RB for the Texans this year is getting louder and louder as the rookie continues to receive plenty of praise after his breakout performance in the preseason.

“Lovie Smith says preseason play will determine the starting RB

‘I think you let guys play. They kind of tell you who should start, who should be on the roster, how many plays they should get….It’s good competition there. They all have a certain strength.’”

Quick hitters

New England

Kendrick Bourne – the rookie Tyquan Thornton has been flashing in camp but it looks like the veteran Bourne was back working with the 1st string offense today.

“FYI Bourne was back in with the starters in the last 11v11 period. He was with the backups to start practice in full-team drills and every rep in 7v7s.”

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins – Cousins was back at practice

“Kirk Cousins back on the field for the first time since testing positive for COVID last Thursday. Cousins said this morning he’s feeling healthy. Missed one full practice and maybe ‘half a dozen snaps’ in Sunday’s game.”

Carolina Panthers

Christian McCaffrey – tempers flared during the practice between the Panthers and Patriots this morning

“Christian McCaffrey taken to the ground. Throws the ball at a Pats player. This is getting ugly.”

Cleveland Browns

Deshaun Watson – another day, another non-update update for Watson’s legal/suspension issues. There’s still no new information at this time but hopefully we are nearing the end of this never-ending Deshaun Watson saga.

“Deshaun Watson’s legal team and NFLPA are actively talking settlement with the NFL, and a settlement on his suspension could come soon.”

Injury News

Cincinati Bengals

Joe Burrow – It’s nice to see Joe Burrow back at practice today and there doesn’t seem to be much concern with him working his way back from his operation that has kept him out of camp thus far.

“Burrow says he doesn’t want to disclose how much weight he lost but he’s ‘working to get it back.’

That’s clearly been a big part of this process of feeling back to normal. Said he definitely expects to be where he needs to be by opener.”

“Joe Burrow will do 11-on-11s today.”

“Burrow takeaways from his presser:

* Appendix did rupture

* Dealt with core pain in days after surgery

* “Just another injury speed bump in his career”

* Eating “everything” to gain back 20 lbs

* Didn’t have normal “juice” first 2 days but feels close

* Return to 11-on-11 today”

New Orleans Saints

Jameis Winston – Winston is coming off of an ACL injury plus an ankle injury he picked up in camp so the Saints seem to be taking precautionary measures with their starting QB.

“Jameis Winston is in pads and doing the walk through portion of today’s practice. Remains to be seen if he’ll be participating in the scrimmage portion against GB.”

“Jameis Winston is moving well.”

Kansas City Chiefs

Mecole Hardman – this doesn’t sound like good news but we don’t have details yet. Skyy Moore didn’t get any snaps with Patrick Mahomes in the first preseason game but he could be a name to watch if Hardman does miss time from this injury.

“Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman limping to the medical tent after a rep during 11-on-11 drills, accompanied by head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder. Looks like they’re looking at Hardman’s left leg.”

“Brett Veach and Andy Reid over there checking on Hardman. Looks like his practice is over, he’s now on way up the hill in a cart, riding in passenger side.”

Tennesse Titans

Treylon Burks – there are no details regarding what happened to Burks as of now but this is something to monitor at least for now. Burks was having a great practice before he was injured.

“Treylon Burks went inside with a trainer.”

Here’s video of Treylon Burks limping after his diving catch early in practice.

“This was BEFORE his 80 yard TD catch from Tannehill in team drills. He left practice after that big play.”

“After preseason week 1, Vrabel said: ‘Just being able to take the progress — some of the improvements that we saw in practice, and carry them over into the game. I don’t think that happened enough … Treylon will have to come out here and have a good week.’”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This is a veteran team but there’s no Tom Brady, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin or Russell Gage practicing today.

“Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are in Nashville but not practicing. Neither is WR Russell Gage.”

Kansas City Chiefs

Hopefully this is more of a maintenance day for some veteran players but we will continue to keep tabs on them since the Chiefs are a high-powered offense and have some fun rookies behind these veteran players in Skyy Moore and Isiah Pacheco

“Haven’t seen WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (sore knee) or TE Blake Bell (knee) at Chiefs practice this morning. Also missing LS James Winchester and RB Jerick McKinnon.”

Minnesota Vikings

Irv Smith Jr – this is good news for the young TE who missed all of last year with an injury and is looking for a bounce back season with this new re-tooled Vikings offense.

“That wrap that Vikings TE Irv Smith Jr. had on his injured right thumb is off and he’s been doing exercises on the sideline moving his hand around.”

Dallas Cowboys

CeeDee Lamb – Lamb didn’t practice today but it sounds like whatever he is being held out for is very minor.

“Talked to CeeDee Lamb. Has a cut on his foot that required stitches. Wouldnt say how it happened. Just begrudgingly said clown stuff.”

“It’s technically a foot issue for CeeDee, but considered ‘nothing serious at all.’ Sounds like it’s just rest because, why push it.”

“Foot injury for Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb. He is walking and not wearing a protective boot.”

Seattle Seahawks

Ken Walker – there’s been a few different reports about exactly what type of injury Walker is dealing with so that makes it a little muddy to decipher how long he will be out for so take what Pete Carroll is saying below with a grain of salt.

“Pete Carroll says Ken Walker III had a procedure done, but ‘we’ve got a chance to get him back quickly’ and it wasn’t a sports hernia surgery.”

Los Angeles Rams

Matthew Stafford

“Rams QB Matthew Stafford said today that his elbow is ’good’ and he’s ’right on track.’”

Indianapolis Colts

Drew Ogletree – Ogletree was a rookie that was flashing in camp, even working ahead of fellow rookie TE Jelani Woods, but now he’ll sit out the year with an ACL tear.

“This is a bummer for a guy that has had a really good camp. Leaves the Colts with Mo Alie-Cox, Kylen Granson, and Jelani Woods at TE”

Las Vegas Raiders

Darren Waller – returned to practice today after a couple weeks out.

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