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NFL News Summary for Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd, 2023

July 24, 2023

Baltimore Ravens

Wide receiver Rashod Bateman has been reinstated and activated from the reserve/did not report list, signaling his return to the team’s active roster. Bateman should be ready to go as the Ravens start Training Camp.

Chicago Bears

The Bears have placed wide receiver Chase Claypool on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list. Claypool missed most of OTAs and all of the team’s June mandatory minicamp with what Matt Eberflus called setbacks from soft-tissue injuries.

Cleveland Browns

Head Coach Kevin Stefanski expressed his confidence in Nick Chubb, emphasizing his significant role in the team’s offense. In another development, wide receiver Amari Cooper was initially seen outside during practice but later went inside, raising questions about his status. The team later clarified that Cooper left due to a minor injury, described as a “tweak”. This injury, however, is not deemed serious, and Cooper is expected to return to practice on a day-to-day basis.

Chubb on Jerome Ford: He’s very fast. He’s smooth. He’s a special player.

Deshaun Watson deep to Donovan Peoples-Jones in offense only on Day 2 of training camp 

Denver Broncos:

The Broncos placed wide receiver K.J. Hamler on the non-football injury list. In a positive development for the team, running back Javonte Williams will not start the training camp on the PUP list. This is a great sign for his Week 1 chances.

Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions announced that wide receiver Marvin Jones has been placed on the non-football injury list.

(Sam) LaPorta and (Jahmyr) Gibbs seem assured of big playing time this fall … and LaPorta’s quick ascension to the starting lineup was no surprise given his strong play this spring. … (LaPorta) later caught a short pass from Goff in seven-on-seven.”

Kansas City Chief

Justyn Ross has been receiving first-team repetitions. 

“Another standout from the 7-on-7 period was rookie tailback Deneric Prince, who tallied multiple receptions during the session. Prince caught a pass near the sideline on a wheel route, a pass over the middle and another pass deep down the sideline a bit later. It was a strong first day for a player who generated considerable buzz throughout the offseason training program.”

Kadarius Toney “tweaked his knee” as he shagged punts before practice

Jody Fortson made a notable impact during the 11-on-11 red zone drills with a strong touchdown grab, highlighting his potential as a key player in the red zone. Patrick Mahomes is still Patrick Mahomes. He had a nice sidearm touchdown pass to Rashee Rice. Noah Gray has also been actively involved, running with the first team and securing a reception during the offensive unit period.

Skyy Moore  caught a deep pass down the sideline. Observations from the first practice suggest that the Chiefs are keen on giving Moore ample opportunitiesto be a top guy. Here’s the catch ->

Richie James has been another standout, especially with his route running and catching abilities. He was the star of the day on Sunday.

Coach Andy Reid said that they’re being cautious with Isiah Pacheco because “he likes to go 100 MPHs every play.” Says they want to keep him as close to ready as possible without reinjury.

The WRs for the first 7 on 7 snap were MVS and Moore as Kadarius Toney continues to miss practice.

Andy Reid said rookie WR Rashee Rice was first in the Chiefs’ conditioning test. 

Las Vegas Raiders

(Jimmy) Garoppolo will not be placed on the physically unable to perform list and is expected to begin training camp with his teammates…”

Josh Jacobs will not be in attendance as the Raiders begin camp.

New York Jets

Aaron Rodgers started the day slow as he began 0/3, but then he caught fire later in practice. He threw a dart downfield to Garrett Wilson for a big gain.  He also showed his chemistry with Allen Lazard throughout practice.  The play of the day was a Rodgers to Wilson touchdown: 

First play of red zone teams saw Rodgers scamper outside the pocket, a throw on the run beauty, against the grain, to Garrett Wilson, going in the other direction, toe-tap TD, collected it with two hands high.” Here’s the play ->

Michael Carter II is underappreciated, but if you go back & watch [the tape], you’re like ‘DAMN that guys pretty freaking good’. He’s only gonna get better. He’s physical, smart, communicates really well, & he’s fearless.”- Robert Saleh

“When Mecole Hardman has the ball in his hands, it’s elite, but the thing that we’re committed to is helping him evolve his route running. To see if we can help him strengthen his intermediate game. He’s working at it, & he’s off to a good start.”- Robert Saleh

San Francisco 49ers

The team emphasizes the flexibility they have with their quarterback options, suggesting that decisions regarding the starting quarterback are still in flux.

I get how everyone wants something set in stone, but it’s not set in stone. I love the options. I love the experience that Brock (Purcy) got. I love that Trey (Lance) got some too. I love the ability we have in the room. Besides those three, I love our team around them. Let’s let it play out, and all I have to do is survive the press conferences.” – Kyle Shanahan

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Per Bucs OC Dave Canales, Ke’Shawn Vaughn will open training camp as the Bucs RB2: “I think that one of the cool parts [on offense] is Ke’Shawn Vaughn. We call him ‘Sneak.’ He’s our [No.] two [back], and he’s a fantastic runner. Just quick feet in the hole, sturdy build. And he’s just got a real natural feel for it.”

Bucs OC Dave Canales on Rachaad White: “I think the one thing that I’ve seen from him first-hand is just how versatile he is. … I’m really excited to see like how we can utilize him in different ways, getting him the ball in space different ways. … He’s a three-down back.”

Stock Up:

  1. Rashod Bateman (Baltimore Ravens): Being reinstated and activated indicates a positive trajectory for Bateman.
  2. Nick Chubb (Cleveland Browns): The confidence expressed by the head coach suggests that Chubb will play a pivotal role in the team’s offense, despite all the reports of the Browns wanting to air it out more this season.
  3. Javonte Williams (Denver Broncos): Not starting on the PUP list indicates he’s in good shape and ready for the season.
  4. Justyn Ross, Deneric Prince, Jody Fortson, Patrick Mahomes, Noah Gray, Skyy Moore, and Richie James (Kansas City Chiefs): All these players have been highlighted for their standout performances during practices. 
  5. Jimmy Garoppolo (Las Vegas Raiders): Expected recovery and readiness for training camp is a positive sign.
  6. Aaron Rodgers and Garrett Wilson (New York Jets): The chemistry continues to grow…
  7. Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Rachaad White (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Positive remarks from the OC indicate a potential increase in their roles.

Stock Down:

  1. Chase Claypool (Chicago Bears): Placed on the PUP list after missing most of the offseason practices.
  2. K.J. Hamler and Marvin Jones (Denver Broncos & Detroit Lions respectively): Placed on the non-football injury list
  3. Amari Cooper (Cleveland Browns): Even though his injury is described as minor, any injury can be a setback
  4. Kadarius Toney (Kansas City Chiefs): Another tweak
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