AFC Training Camp Notes 8-6: Kenyan Drake & More


Here are your AFC Training Camp Notes from Monday 8-6. Enjoy!! 

BALTIMORE RAVENS

BaltimoreBeatdown.comKyle P. Barber

During 7-on-7 drills, Robert Griffin III threw a touchdown pass to TE Vince Mayle. Joe Flacco would follow it up with a touchdown thrown to WR John Brown. Josh Woodrum threw a touchdown pass of his own to rookie wide receiver Jaleel Scott, who hauled it in with his body.

Flacco would then open up full-team drills with a 15-yard play action strike to Brown. The two would be in sync later on as well, connecting for a 30-yard play action toss and another grab from Brown on rollout pass from Flacco. Lamar Jackson would get sacked on his first play against the Rams, but would throw a 20-yard pass to TE Mark Andrews on the next play.

Baltimore’s running backs all practiced well for the most part, though Gus Edwards had a few mishaps. Edwards was stripped twice and was stopped in his tracks after making a poor read in the running game. Mark Thompson made some catches out of the backfield in the flat and leaking out over the middle. Javorius Allen split out wide, running screens and slants for big gains.

The tight ends took a few shots during practice. Hayden Hurst held onto a pass after receiving a blow from Isaiah Johnson, though Hurst stayed on his feet. Andrews received a hit from Nate Holley and got up a little slowly. He would stay in for the rest of practice.
 

BUFFALO BILLS

BuffaloRumblings.com – Sean Murphy

Nathan Peterman was the first-team quarterback today, and he did not squander the opportunity. Dan Fetes thought today was Peterman’s best day thus far, and most the reports support that claim. In early 11-on-11 work, Peterman was literally perfect, going 6-for-6 with two completions each to Kelvin Benjamin and Rod Streater. He also added completions to LeSean McCoy and Logan Thomas. One of the receptions Benjamin made was a beautifully thrown deep ball.

A.J. McCarron had an up-and-down day with the second team. His propensity for holding the ball led him into some trouble, as he took three consecutive sacks in the final 11-on-11 period of practice. Prior to that, he hit Robert Foster in the hands, and the rookie receiver dropped the ball. It was intercepted by Rafael Bush. Earlier in practice, McCarron was intercepted by Micah Hyde. In the middle session, McCarron was able to find some traction, going 4-of-5 and taking a sack on his six drop-backs.

Josh Allen seemed to have a very good day, although it could have been even better if his receivers were able to catch some passes that were described as having been thrown very well. 

Allen worked exclusively with the third-team again today, and the last time he saw first-team reps was last Thursday.

Zay Jones was still wearing the red non-contact jersey today as he works his way back from offseason knee surgery. While running through some drills against air, he looked quick and sharp in his cuts, which is definitely a good sign.

First-team wide receivers opposite Kelvin Benjamin were, Rod Streater, Jeremy Kerley, and Andre Holmes, according to Sal Capaccio...Logan Thomas worked with the first team, hauling in a pass from Peterman...

Wkbw.com – Joe Buscaglia

Day 10 MVP: RB Marcus Murphy - The Bills have lined him up a little bit of everywhere, and he continues to make plays. The number '45' is littered everywhere on my notebook from team drills on Day Ten. A younger running back -- which is fairly rare on this Bills roster -- if Murphy's ability shines through during preseason games as a runner, I think the opportunity is there to win the number-three job.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Paul Dehner Jr.  @pauldehnerjr

WRs Auden Tate and Josh Malone both back for the #Bengals. After great camps both missed a few days this past week.

Jay Morrison  @JayMorrisonCMG

Not good: in position drills every receiver caught a 10-yard pass from coach Bicknell except one — John Ross had ball go off his hands #Bengals

CincyJungle.com – John Sheeran

Seeing tight end Tyler Eifert return to the field so quickly after being placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list was surprising enough for me.

Bengals.com – Geoff Hobson

Slot receiver Tyler Boyd lines up opposite A.J. Green at wide receiver, ahead of John Ross and Josh Malone. Those are the two fighting to get on the field when Boyd slides into the slot.

Green and Boyd have clearly been the two best receivers in camp, but Boyd hasn’t played outside very much and is their primary slot guy. Second-year receivers John Ross (Boyd) and Josh Malone (Green) are slated to back them up and it figures one of them is going to come off the bench when Boyd moves into the slot on passing downs. Between the two of them last season they had six catches and a TD, all by Malone.


CLEVELAND BROWNS

Jeff Schudel  @jsproinsider

Coach Hue Jackson says rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield will "play quite a bit" in the preseason opener against the Giants Thursday.

Mary Kay Cabot  @MaryKayCabot

#Browns Jackson says the Corey Coleman trade has nothing to do with Josh Gordon’s status. The club still believes Gordon will be back this season.

DawgsbyNature.com – Chris Pokorno

Now that WR Corey Coleman is gone, all eyes were on how the depth chart would look with the first-team offense. Per Jeff Schudel of the News Herald, WR Antonio Callaway and WR Rashard Higgins were the outside receivers, while WR Jarvis Landry was in the slot. The gravity of the receiver situation after Coleman’s trade is still to be determined, but seeing the names of those outside receivers makes you gasp for a second.

RB Carlos Hyde and RB Nick Chubb were trading reps with the first-team offense. WR Rashard Higgins caught a deep touchdown pass from QB Tyrod Taylor.

DENVER BRONCOS

Dan Hellie  @DanHellie

Takeaways from @Broncos camp today. 1) Case Keenum is perfect for this team and is playing lights out. 2) Courtland Sutton is a monster and Broncos once again have 3 legit WR’s. 3) Draft Royce Freeman in fantasy leagues. He will be their bellcow.

Cameron Parker @CameronParkerPO

John Elway: “Royce Freeman can be that thumper for yeah. Guy you can hand the ball to.” Elway: “Booker can be there on third-downs and passing situations.” 


INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Greg Rakestraw  @gregrakestraw

#Colts Sirianni: Ryan Grant has improved every single day in camp. He's been great away from the ball on the details, too.

Greg Rakestraw  @gregrakestraw

#Colts Sirianni: Had tons of praise for rookie RB Jordan Wilkins. Very similar to what Frank Reich said about him last week. Clearly, the rookie has been very impressive to this point.

1070thefan.com – Kevin Bowen

The 10th practice of camp had the Colts focusing on finishing games with leads, and getting out of the shadow of their own goal line. It was a nice morning for the run game with Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins finding success. A clapping Andrew Luck was a common occurrence on Monday as he watched his offense move the ball on the ground.

The Colts are really deep at tight end. We saw that on Monday with Jack Doyle out for a personal reason. Both Ross Travis and Erik Swoope recorded several nice catches on Monday. This will be a tough group to cut down to 3-4 guys. I’m thinking they keep 4.

So there it is: Ryan Grant, at least a week into August, has the inside track to be the Colts’ second starting receiver come the regular season opener on Sept. 9.

The development is surprising to a certain degree; it’s not that Grant is WR2, it’s that he’s separated himself from the pack as much as he has. Incumbent Chester Rogers figured to be in the running, but hasn’t performed at as consistent a level, as far as the coaches are concerned, as Grant. And rookie Deon Cain, who’s already compiled a highlight reel worth of did-you-see-that? catches through the early stages of his first training camp, has leveled off of late, and slogged through a particularly frustrating practice Monday morning. (After a few drops, and a few botched routes, Cain got an earful from volunteer receiver coach Reggie Wayne.)

Cain certainly has shown his potential. The aim now is consistency, and showing it in preseason games.

As for Grant, no, he won’t wow you as a receiver, but the coaches like his consistency and laud his professionalism. They know what they’re going to get on a daily basis from Ryan Grant, and feel more that comfortable lining him up on the outside, opposite Hilton.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

John Oehser @JohnOehser 

One of the highlight plays of Day 10 of 2018 Jaguars Training Camp came when QB Blake Bortles found WR Shane Wynn for a deep touchdown over safety Tashaun Gipson in 11-on-11 work. …

John Oehser‏ @JohnOehser 

Jaguars OC Nathaniel Hackett on QB Blake Bortles: “It’s definitely improving. He’s got a lot a long way to go, but I think the accuracy, the technique, everything that he’s worked so hard on … you see every day. And it’s consistent. I think that’s the exciting thing....”

John Oehser‏ @JohnOehser 

Jaguars OC Nathaniel Hackett on rookie WR DJ Chark Jr.: “His ability to pick up the system has been very impressive. … You’re asking him to go outside, inside. His route tree is very expansive. He has done a really good job embracing it, not letting it overtake him...."

John Oehser‏ @JohnOehser 

Jaguars OC Nathaniel Hackett on second-year WR Dede Westbrook: “Now, he knows exactly what he’s doing, and he knows, ‘OK, I have to win these routes.’ I think that you’re just watching him able to play football more and that’s fun about him.” …

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Nick Jacobs @Jacobs71

Jimmy Murray and Parker Ehinger create a nice cutback for Damien Williams on the run. Picks up at clean 15. #Chiefs

Nick Jacobs @Jacobs71

WR Chris Conley became more of question mark for me this weekend. Not seeing the burst I saw the week before. I think Thomas, Dieter, Chesson and Pringle are putting themselves in the mix. Kemp will get his chance as well.

ChiefsWire.usatoday.com – Charles Goldman

Two Chiefs returned to action, but Sammy Watkins left early with a hip injury. It’s not expected to be serious per Ian Rappaport.

Patrick Mahomes had an impressive day, albeit a day where he threw an interception returned for a touchdown. The rest of the day he was sharp though. His best period seemed to be 7-on-7 drills. Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill and Demetrius Harris on a couple of really nice receptions during that period.

Chad Henne has made sure there are no questions about his role. His play the past three days has told the tale, he’s going to be the unquestioned second string quarterback for the Chiefs.

Brooke Pryor @bepryor

Fans who came to today’s practice are getting a show from QB Pat Mahomes. He’s really airing it out, but the receivers haven’t gotten every one. There’s been a little trouble with tracking the ball today.

Nick Jacobs  @Jacobs71

Mahomes with a throw that had great velocity on it to TE Demetrius Harris over the middle in 7 on 7. Perfect placement. #Chiefs

Nick Jacobs@Jacobs71

Mahomes with a gorgeous throw to Tyreek Hill on the vertical in 7 on 7. Got it in between the two defenders in stride. #Chiefs

Justin McLuckie‏ @m_c_luckie

TE Jace Amaro pulls in a 1 handed catch on a pass from Chad Henne. Not the first nice catch he's had today either. Amaro having a very solid day. #ChiefsCamp
 

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Field Yates  @FieldYates

Spent the morning at Chargers camp, where amongst other things: 1. Mike Williams' growth is generating plenty of buzz 2. LB Kyzir White (brother of Bears WR Kevin) has stood out early 3. Melvin Ingram fielded punts (for fun) and looked like a legit return man. He's a beast.

CBSSports.com – Pete Prisco

After a slow early start to this camp, Mike Williams has really come on the past week. He was impressive the day I watched practice and he was the star of the team's scrimmage Saturday night with two touchdown catches.

Part of that can be attributed to Williams knowing what he's doing -- and being in shape. He's also learning how to be a pro when it comes to work in practice and taking care of his body.

"Mike just needs to keep himself healthy and out here," Rivers said "You're talking about a guy who didn't practice until Week 9 or 10 and at that point he didn't get a lot of reps. This training camp is big for him. He's continuing to make plays, but he just needs to be more consistent."

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Omar Kelly  @OmarKelly

Top performers today at Dolphins day 10: 1. Taveze Calhoun (INT on Osweiler’s bad throw) 2. Kenyan Drake (30 yard TD run) 3. Josh Sitton (best runs are to left side)

ig: josinaanderson‏ @JosinaAnderson 

I'm told free agent RB Jeremy Langford is signing with the #Dolphins, per source.

MiamiDolphins.com – Alain Poupart

Ryan Tannehill threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola, firing a strike down the middle.

Rookie tight end Durham Smythe caught a 4-yard touchdown in a goal-line drill after grabbing a deflected pass.

DolphinsWire.USAToday.comAntwan Staley

Kenyan Drake ran for a 30-yard touchdown run at the start of 11-on-11 drills on Monday. Currently, Drake along with Frank Gore were listed as the Dolphins starting running back on their depth chart released on Sunday.

Tight end A.J. Derby returned to practice on Monday, but he did not participate in 11-on-11 drills. Wide receiver Isaiah Ford also returned to practice, and he did take part in 11-on-11 drills as he wore a red non-contact jersey.


NEW ENGLAND

Field Yates‏ @FieldYates 

Bookkeeping: the Patriots waived WR Malcolm Mitchell, they did not waive/injure him. That means that if he clears waivers tomorrow, he’ll be a free agent, not land on IR.

NEW YORK JETS

Ethan B. Greenberg @EGreenbergJets

Monday #Jets practice injury report: DL Steve McLendon no pads along with S Kacy Rodgers II, RB Thomas Rawls, CB Jeremy Clark, DT Deon Simon, WR Quincy Enunwa. TE Jordan Leggett back in pads along with WR Terrelle Pryor, S Marcus Maye, WR Charone Peake.

ESPN.com – Rich Cimini

Jets quarterback news of the day: Todd Bowles adjusted the rotation, giving the bulk of the practice reps to Teddy Bridgewater (12-for-17) and Sam Darnold (15-for-26). Josh McCown (3-for-6) got only 10 reps, all with the first team. This could be a precursor to the preseason opener on Friday night against the Falcons. Bowles wouldn't commit to playing McCown, so it's possible he may let Bridgewater and Darnold split the game.

Ganggreennation.com – John B

These camp practices can be a bit deceptive at times because the offense has an edge. Most of the practices aren’t padded, and there is no contact. These things can make offensive players look better than they really are. With that said, RB Trenton Cannon’s speed stood out to me. There were plenty of other running backs who got the ball, and none of them popped out to me like the rookie.

Unfortunately, he did leave practice with a possible foot injury. Hopefully he is all right.


OAKLAND RAIDERS

Silverandblackpride.com – Levi Damien

There were three drops in one-on-ones by Martavis BryantMarcell Ateman, and Johnny Holton. The first two just bounced off their hands while Holton’s was a deep ball up the sideline that went right through his hands.

Jordy Nelson caught both his passes in one-on-ones. The first over the middle with Dexter McDonald covering. The other up the right sideline vs Rashaan Melvin in which he put on a vicious dig route to gain a good five yards of separation from Melvin who kept moving upfield. 

Jared Cook caught both his passes in one-on-ones. The first one Obi was flagged for pass interference and Cook still caught it. Second was on a slant vs Reggie Nelson.


TENNESSEE TITANS

MusisCityMiracles.com – Jimmy Morris

Corey Davis is not practicing for the Titans this morning. He also left Saturday’s practice at Nissan Stadium early. Look, at this point we have no idea what the injury is, and we probably won’t find out what it is. Here’s to hoping it isn’t the hamstring again.

TURRON DAVENPORT‏ @TDavenport_NFL 

Rookie RBs Akrum Wadley and Dalyn Dawkins have good speed getting to the outside. They had back to back reps in which they bounced their runs outside and pulled away from defenders for a nice gain. #Titans

Tennessean.com – Erik Bacharach

It was far from Marcus Mariota's strongest practice of training camp.

In 7-on-7s, Mariota threw high and behind tight end Delanie Walker, who tipped the pass before cornerback Logan Ryan secured it for an interception. 

Later, Mariota underthrew another ball, this one deep to Taywan Taylor. With Ryan hounding Taylor, Vaccaro jumped the route and nearly came up with an interception, but dropped it. 

Shortly thereafter, Mariota bounced back by completing the same play to receiver Tajae Sharpe

 

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