AFC Training Camp Notes 8-5: Andrew Luck & More
Here are the AFC Training Camp Notes from Sunday 8-5. Enjoy!!
Once again it’s John Brown catching a 25-yard pass from Joe Flacco. As Humphrey slides back a bit more the offense is calling plays for Brown to cut back towards the ball and make leaping grabs. Humphrey’s been there, but only a moment late, allowing the catch. This rapport with Brown and Flacco is lethal.
Javorius Allen found a big hole in the middle during 11s up the middle for an 11-yard gain. It’s tough to judge if these plays actually go this far without the pads, but not in this instance. Alex Lewis and Matt Skura sealed their blocks and Buck sprinted through the hole for a big gain.
Bills first two 11-on-11 periods of Sunday’s practice done. AJ McCarron led first team for both. Hit Kelvin Benjamin on slant but overthrew Andre Holmes on a quick out. Also hit LeSean McCoy and Brandon Reilly on screens, Travaris Cadet on dumpoff and had throwaway.
Nathan Peterman led second team for both. Was picked when Dean Marlowe undercut Brandon Reilly. Also missed pass when Rod Streater appeared to run route. Streater recovered later to catch one from Peterman in stride down sideline.
Josh Allen had third team. Was picked off by Broeon Borders when Austin Proehl didn’t turn to look for ball on deep route. Allen also overthrew Austin Proehl on another deep route, overthrew Quan Bray and took two sack. Did have completion on fourth down to Ray-Ray McCloud.
BillsWire.usatoday.com – Nick Wojton
Prior to practice, Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott announced that wide receiver Zay Jones would make his 2018 debut after missing the first eight days of training camp and spring practices.
Jones had knee surgery that he was still recovering from, despite being placed on the non-football injury list. The Bills appear to be phasing Jones in slowly. He wore a red non-contact jersey on Sunday.
Cleveland is trading former first-round pick WR Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills for a draft pick, per source. Coleman was the player the Browns selected after trading the No. 2 overall pick to Philadelphia so the Eagles could draft Carson Wentz.
Kelvin Benjamin’s stock doesn’t change much for me after #Bills added Coleman…his stock remains very low to me, but I do guess that Coleman gets a slight boost due to opportunity.
StripeHype.com – Jack Lane
Tyler Boyd and John Ross have started to show they could start for the Bengals, although they need to prove themselves in the preseason. Josh Malone, unfortunately, has been out of camp with a hamstring injury, but looked really strong in the early part of camp. Alex Erickson and Auden Tate are also intriguing spot players, especially if they can contribute for the Bengals on special teams.
Andy Dalton has looked sharp. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor’s system was always going to be a good fit for Dalton, and it seems to be working so far. On short and intermediate routes, he has been throwing with good velocity and accuracy. Dalton has also been working on his deep ball for the second straight season. He completed a bomb to Green in the mock game, as well as hitting Boyd on a tough fade in practice. Dalton might finally return to his peak 2015 form.
CincyJungle.com – John Sheeran
Perhaps in years past, players like wide receiver Brandon LaFell doesn’t find himself on the market in the beginning of August. But sure enough, the 9-year veteran was slowly being phased out as the team’s No. 2 receiver, and the buzz of his job being on the line turned into a reality this past Thursday.
This decision doesn’t happen if receivers Tyler Boyd and John Ross don’t carry over their impressive spring practices into the early days of training camp, which has absolutely happened.
Boyd is practicing like how we expected him to last year coming off an impressive rookie season, but being a year late is better than never. The third-year pass catcher seems to have his sophomore slump all the way behind him, and from the looks of it, may top his rookie season production this year.
Ross’s camp has been more of a roller coaster. After starting out roasting Dre Kirkpatrick and company in just a jersey and shorts, he had issues hauling in passes near the tail end of last week.
Post-Corey Coleman trade: — Cleveland had 11 first-round picks in the eight drafts between 2009 and 2016. None are left on the team. — I am without speech.
DenverBroncos.com – Andrew Mason
The third-team offense stole the show at Sunday's summer scrimmage. After the first- and second-team offenses failed to reach the end zone, Chad Kelly fired two long touchdown passes to Jordan Leslie and Mark Chapman in a three-play span, electrifying the crowd on a gray Sunday morning.
With the offense facing a potential three-and-out after a Devontae Booker run and a De'Angelo Henderson reception mustered a combined seven yards, Keenum stepped up in the pocket -- eluding pressure from outside linebacker Shane Ray -- and found Courtland Sutton for a 7-yard gain that moved the chains and got the offense to its 49-yard line.
From there, the offense found its rhythm. A 6-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders was followed by Sanders gaining 10 yards on an end-around, moving the offense to the defense's 35-yard line and into scoring range. Another first down came via a defensive-holding penalty, and after a 7-yard Jake Butt reception on a third-and-8 play, the offense faced fourth-and-1 from the defense's 21-yard line.
On the 12th snap of the series -- including a third down wiped out by the holding penalty -- the offense went for it. Whether Royce Freeman earned the yardage or not depended on your point of view; nose tackle Domata Peko Sr. celebrated a stop, while the line judge signaled for the chains to move.
But with a dozen plays in the books, Joseph called off the period there.
PredominantlyOrange.com – Cameron Parker
Tight end has been disappointing the last few seasons. AJ Derby led the Broncos in receiving yards, but never stayed with the team for a full season. There must be a player to assert himself at the position. Jake Butt seems ready to answer the call for this responsibility. Jeff Heuerman is nursing another injury, sidelining him for camp right now. This opens the door for Butt to make a larger impact in 2018.
Cbs4indy.com – Mike Chappell
Andrew Luck lined up in the shotgun, but immediate pressure forced him to sprint to his left. With defenders in pursuit, he continued to roll to his left – keeping his eyes downfield – before twisting and throwing across his body.
A pass that might have been intended for tight end Eric Ebron was caught in a crowd by leaping wideout T.Y. Hilton just inside the pylon for a 40-ish-yard touchdown.
Luck’s TD to Hilton capped another busy day. He completed 17-of-25 passes with two touchdowns and one interception in 11-in-11 and 7-on-7 drills.
ColtsWire.USAToday.com – Kevin Hickey
Having Andrew Luck simply practicing in full is progress enough but there are a few smaller boxes the 28-year-old will be looking to check as he goes through training camp and the preseason.
Making throws on the move is including on that checklist and he showed he can still do that in Sunday’s practice as he made a throw across his body toward the end of practice.
Luck seems to be progressing just fine through two weeks of training camp and everyone is eager to see him play against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday.
Jaguars.com – John Oehser
Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had one of the days bigger plays late in the long day, catching a 20-yard pass over the middle from quarterback Blake Bortles and turning it into a long gain. …
Running back T.J. Yeldon continued a productive camp, running for a 15-yard gain early in camp. …
Rookie wide receiver D.J. Chark Jr. continued his recent strong play, getting open for passes of 17, 12 and 12 yards from backup quarterback Cody Kessler. …
Tight end James O’Shaughnessy made one of the day’s highlight plays, catching a high pass from Kessler for a touchdown early in practice. …
Quarterback Tanner Lee found wide receiver Dorren Miller for a long gain in 11-on-11 work early in practice. Lee also hit wide receiver Montay Crockett (16) for a 35-yard gain later in practice. …
PLAY OF THE DAY: This came from Bortles midway through practice, throwing a perfect out in the right side of the end zone to wide receiver Marqise Lee. On the play, Lee got behind veteran cornerback Tyler Patmon and caught the ball with his arms outstretched and in stride for a 20-yard touchdown in 11-on-11 work. Bortles followed that with another accurate touch throw several plays later, but it skimmed off second-year wide receiver Keelan Cole’s fingertips.
Firstcoastnews.com – Mike Kaye
Kessler has probably been the most accurate quarterback of the trio during training camp but it's also important to keep in mind that he is mostly facing the second-team offense. Still, through nine practices, he has yet to throw an interception in team drills. His highlight throw of practice was a deep pass to the sideline to wide receiver Dede Westbrook who caught the ball as he was falling to the ground with Patmon in coverage. Speaking of Westbrook, he makes at least one impressive falling or diving catch per practice.
Rookie wide receiver DJ Chark continues to make consistent plays with the first and second team offenses. Bortles and Kessler clearly feel comfortable with the second-round pick and his targets have paid off. Chark is physical, fast and has a large catching radius. It's starting to feel like he may be in contention for starter snaps pretty early in his Jaguars career.
The Jaguars quarterbacks were very busy in their return to the practice field. Blake Bortles completed 30-of-40 passing attempts during 11-on-11 drills. Backup Cody Kessler completed 15-of-21 passes during the team session. Despite the high number of reps, neither quarterback threw an interception.
Bortles had a few highlights during the day. The starting quarterback connected on a well-placed pass to wide receiver Marqise Lee for a touchdown. Lee beat cornerback Tyler Patmon's coverage by a step or two and Bortles put the ball right in front of Lee, who made the grab for the score during red zone drills. Bortles also made a pair of back-to-back touchdown throws to tight ends James O'Shaughnessy (neatly placed between two defenders) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Nelson almost had a pick off the Pat Mahomes pass. Ball was on point to Sammy Watkins over the middle. Watkins couldn’t haul it in and bobbled it up. Berry nearby as well. #Chiefs
Great placement and touch by Henne on a half corner route/ half out route to WR Chris Conley near the boundary. He dropped it in the window before the two defenders closed. #Chiefs
Chase Litton with a nice fade to Tyreek Hill. Nelson in coverage. Hill didn’t give any tells away into Nelson didn’t have a chance to make a play and tapped both in before going out. #Chiefs
Kerwyn Williams with an easy TD catch on Speaks.
ChiefsWire.USAToday.com – Charles Goldman
Mahomes ran a pair of touchdowns in on a bootleg and a speed option play in team drills. Looks like that could be something the Chiefs like to cut down on those redzone mistakes that have been plaguing the team.
Gehrig Dieter is now taking snaps with the first team. He seems to be impressing the staff quite a bit in camp. His ability on special teams and his connection with Mahomes has shown.
Demarcus Robinson is continuing to have a great camp. Today he made two incredible catches that are just icing on the cake for his training camp thus far. He makes these plays across the board too, doesn’t matter if he’s working with the first team or the third team.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
CBSSports.com – Pete Prisco
Keep an eye on running back Austin Ekeler being a bigger part of the offense this season. The idea is for him to fill the role Danny Woodhead made so successful a few years back, becoming a big pass-game threat out of the backfield. Ekeler ran for 260 yards and had 27 catches for 279 yards and three touchdowns last season as a rookie.
On the day I watched practice, Ekeler took a short pass out of the backfield and took it the distance with an impressive display of speed. Melvin Gordon is set as the lead back, but Ekeler's abilities in the passing game should be more prominent this season than a year ago.
Miami Dolphins' first official depth chart lists Frank Gore as possible starter bit.ly/2Ku5Zs0
NEW YORK JETS
Sam Darnold “has a very fair shot” of winning Jets’ starting QB job for regular-season opener, per sources. He has to keep progressing, preseason will be critical, and he probably is a year away, when he turns 22. But Jets love what they see and he has a legit chance to win job.
Tight end Xavier Grimble pulls in a touchdown pass during goal line drill, JuJu Shuster-Smith looks for a good one and quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and Landry Jones look on as Ben Roethlisberger throws.
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