Posted by Matt Olson

Weekend Wrap-Up

July 7, 2023

  • TJ Hockenson: A lot of good info came out about Hockenson’s practice performances. There were reports at the beginning of training camp that he seemed to be slightly favoring his knee that he hurt last year. It seems that he has gotten his knee out of his mind as “No one looks as effortless when going up against Lions defenders than T.J. Hockenson. On Friday, he beat the Lions’ best tight end defender in Tracy Walker with relative ease, and he continues to get a ton of wide-open catches during team drills.” & “I have to keep reminding myself that T.J. Hockenson looked this good in last year’s camp, because for the third practice in a row he’s looked absolutely unstoppable. If there’s one difference compared to last year, it’s that he’s being a little more physical with his body“
  • Marquise Brown: Hollywood continues to have good practices. He’s developing a good rapport with Lamar Jackson as he pretty much catches at least one deep ball every practice.
  • Sam Darnold: Darnold has had some really strong practices, but there have been other practices where the ball has been hitting the ground too much. The good news is he has shown an early chemistry with Breshad Perriman and has rekindled his rapport with tight end Chris Herndon.
  • Chris Herndon: Speaking of Herndon, get him on your redraft list as a late round TE target if you pass on the top 4-5 guys. He’s continuously making plays in practice and being heavily targeted. With the Jets lackluster WR group, Herndon will need to be a top target for Sam Darnold.
  • Marlon Mack: Mack is fine with splitting carries with Jonathan Taylor. He said “it’s probably going to be less carries. Less carries mean more years, and more years mean more money.”
  • Jimmy Graham/Bears TE Group: The Bears have been impressed with what they’ve seen from JG thus far. “The difference in 2020 is not only do the Bears have a handful of hulking tight ends, but they’re actually showing up with good plays in practice… we’ve seen more from the Bears’ tight ends through four practices in 2020 than we saw all of training camp 2019.” Cole Kmet has also advanced for being a rookie.
  • David Sills: “Whether he was catching passes from Jones or McCoy, Sills was a favorite of Giants quarterbacks on Friday. Midway through the scrimmage, Sills streaked down the sideline, beating cornerback Grant Haley by a step and a half as McCoy led him perfectly for a touchdown.” David Sills continues to impress for the Giants. Sills was a highly rated QB prospect in high school and  was once offered a scholarship to play at USC by Lane Kiffin when Sills was only 14 years old. Sills ended up going to West Virginia, where he switched to WR.
  • Nick Foles/Mitch Trubisky: Neither QB is separating from the other as neither one has practiced good enough to separate. If the season started today, Trubisky would be the starter, but you have to imagine he’d be on a very short leash.
  • Preston Williams: Williams looks fully recovered from the ACL tear he had last year. He’s becoming a favorite target of all three Dolphins QBs.
  • Greg Ward: Ward is not only a roster lock for the Eagles, he should be heavily involved in the Eagles pass game. He has lead the team in targets during training camp.
  • Myles Gaskin: Kind of the forgotten man after the Dolphins signed Jordan Howard and traded for Matt Breida, Gaskin has reportedly been one of the standouts during camp. He has shown gradual improvement since his rookie year.
  • Tua Tagovailoa: Tua had a rough scrimmage last week, but has gotten better each day since, with a particularly strong practice on Monday.
  • Emmanuel Butler: Butler was a training camp star in 2019 before going down with an injury. He’s back at it this year, making some really impressive catches everyday.
  • Marvin Jones & Quintez Cephus: “Marvin Jones Jr. continues to have a phenomenal camp, catching just about everything thrown at him. But his performance today may have been overshadowed by rookie Quintez Cephus, who looked good with the second-team offense and absolutely dominated with the third team.”
  • Deejay Dallas: More praise for Dallas as he continues to wow. Pete Carroll said “I’m surprised that it’s been so clear that he fits in in the passing game right now.”
  • JK Dobbins: “J.K. Dobbins has already made an impression, and looks shifty and tough out there. I’d say it’d be an upset if he doesn’t have a role. And that’s with the acknowledgment that, if you’re out at practice, it’s easy to see how big Mark Ingram’s presence is on the team.” – Albert Breer. Dobbins has even been talking trash in the weight room because he wants the coaches to make the workouts even harder.
  • David Montgomery: Looks a little faster this year.
  • Rams RBs: The Rams had a scrimmage this past weekend. Malcolm Brown started at RB, followed by Darrell Henderson, then Cam Akers. Henderson left the scrimmage with a soft tissue injury that may sideline him until the season starts. 
  • Cooper Kupp: Kupp was a favorite target of Jared Goff during the first part of the scrimmage, catching 3 passes during the third series.
  • Van Jefferson: Jefferson continues to stand out, even getting first team reps against Jalen Ramsey. He caught a touchdown pass during the scrimmage from QB John Wofford. “Van Jefferson against the twos is no contest. This rookie is a pro.” – JB Long. “He’s a guy that has continued to show up,” McVay said of Jefferson, “Want to be able to see him in a bunch of different capacities, inside/outside, & he is picking things up quickly… He’s wired the right way and we are going to continue to evaluate him.”
  • Teddy Bridgewater: “Bridgewater makes throws that look as good as any Carolina Panthers quarterback has made in their relatively short history. He has developed a particular chemistry with both Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore.”
  • Bucs RBs: Sunday was a rough day for the Bucs RB group, as they all dropped passes from Brady. Bruce Arians was not happy. “They dropped too many balls today,” Arians said of his running backs today, saying he addressed it after practice and it was “unacceptable.”
  • Chris Godwin: After a kind of quiet start to camp, Godwin turned it on on Sunday, putting in his strongest performance thus far. He and Brady connected multiple times.
  • Logan Thomas: Developing nice chemistry with Dwayne Haskins.
  • Nyheim Hines: One of the most active players on the Colts’ offense throughout training camp. He’s everywhere. Could be a big year for him. Phillip Rivers loves a pass catching RB.
  • Ceedee Lamb: Continues to be a stud. Not much else to say. He just makes play after player in practice.
  • Joe Burrow: Same with Joe Burrow, who looks like a seasoned vet. With AJ Green and John Ross out, Auden Tate has become Burrow’s favorite target. Tate caught a couple touchdowns in the Bengals scrimmage last week.
  • Elijah Holyfield: He’s having a really good camp for the Eagles and has taken advantage of the extra reps he’s gotten with Miles Sanders and Boston Scott sitting out.
  • Damien Harris: Damien Harris continues to stand out, and it’s not just as a runner. He did a nice job picking up blocks and looks comfortable in his route tree. He’s been the best back in camp.
  • Trent Taylor: Hard to cover in 49ers camp. Looks fully healthy, which can’t be said for the rest of the 49er WRs.
  • Tee Higgins: Higgins is back on the practice field and has looked decent. He’s been modeling his game after AJ Green.
  • JD Mckissic: Don’t sleep on him. Washington may find ways to get him the ball. He’s looked very good making plays with little space to work with.
  • Zack Moss/Devin Singletary: By all accounts, Moss has outplayed Singletary in camp. “Through the first three padded practices, Moss took advantage of most of his rushing attempts, showed good receiving skills and was dependable enough in pass protection. Most importantly, he was outplaying his backfield partner, Devin Singletary, in all phases. Singletary had been struggling to find creases between the tackles. He’s blown blocks and assignments in pass protection. Making matters worse, he lost a fumble Thursday that allowed Moss a greater opportunity to shine. However, after a day off, Singletary battled back for his best practice of camp (Sunday). The second-year runner trusted what he saw forming in front of him and used his vision and quickness to put together several solid rushes between the tackles. Singletary looked confident and decisive and held on to the ball Sunday. He also appeared explosive given his new body composition, with Beane noting that he toned up while remaining at the same weight.”
  • Parris Campbell: “Watching Campbell in practice—something that did not happen much last camp with him injuring his hamstring early on—you see the rare gear he can get to in the open field and how he excels at creating separation on various underneath routes.”
  • Jonnu Smith: “Tannehill connected with tight end Jonnu Smith for a long pass that would have resulted in a touchdown. The two connected on another pass play later in the same period. Smith has looked good in camp.” He could have a big year.

Injuries to watch: D’Andre Swift (hamstring), Dede Westbrook (shoulder), Tevin Coleman (missed a practice due to sickle cell trait and and unhealthy air quality in SF), Denzel Mims, Breshad Perriman (sore knee), Mike Williams (shoulder), Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring), Darrell Henderson (hamstring)

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