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Christian McCaffrey longs for candles, 49ers attempt to get alongside, Joe Burrow staying engaged

Christian McCaffrey longs for candles, 49ers attempt to get alongside, Joe Burrow staying engaged

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Friday was one other busy day within the NFL coaching camp world for many groups, though the Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars took the break day after their preseason opening matchup on Thursday evening in Canton, Ohio, which noticed the Raiders prevail 27-11. However now that we’re in Week 2 of coaching camp, annoyances are beginning to pop up across the league.

That was particularly the case with the San Francisco 49ers, who’ve seen their share of scuffles through the early parts of camp, a lot in order that coach Kyle Shanahan made it some extent to name it out earlier than follow on Friday. There’s such a factor as an excessive amount of depth, apparently.

Annoyances additionally surfaced in a most harmless method, as Carolina Panthers working again Christian McCaffrey lamented his candle scarcity after Friday’s follow, which noticed the Panthers invite the Gaffney (South Carolina) Excessive College soccer workforce for a enjoyable joint exercise. The Cincinnati Bengals proceed to follow with out star quarterback Joe Burrow, who’s out indefinitely following an appendectomy.

Here is what it’s worthwhile to know from camps throughout the league.

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High NFL information of the day

Shanahan upset with punches at 49ers practice: After halting follow for a second time due to an all-out brawl Tuesday, coach Kyle Shanahan known as for his workforce to huddle up. He promptly delivered some alternative phrases about what had simply transpired. Beneath the anger was a easy message about how Shanahan needs his workforce to play. Bodily? Completely. Powerful? In fact. Irritating? Certain. However when punches are thrown, as there have been on two events in that Tuesday follow — specifically between star center linebacker Fred Warner and receiver Brandon Aiyuk — that is the place Shanahan needs the Niners to attract the road.

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Burrow still involved despite being out indefinitely following appendectomy: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow stays out indefinitely after present process an appendectomy firstly of coaching camp. Bengals coach Zac Taylor mentioned he does not have a timetable for Burrow’s on-field return. “I hate to place a timeline on it,” Taylor mentioned Friday. “However he is getting a number of good psychological work proper now.” The third-year quarterback and prime total decide within the 2020 draft hasn’t participated in any practices because the Bengals began coaching camp final week. However Burrow stays seen and energetic through the preparation for the upcoming season.

Browns sticking with QB plan despite appeal of Watson suspension: Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski mentioned Friday the workforce is ready to see what occurs with the NFL’s enchantment of Deshaun Watson‘s six-game suspension earlier than altering its plans at quarterback in follow. Up to now in coaching camp, Watson has gotten the overwhelming majority of the snaps with the first-team offense; backup Jacoby Brissett has principally labored with the second workforce. “We’ll simply sort of await readability on the state of affairs,” Stefanski mentioned earlier than Friday’s follow. “Simply proceed to maneuver forward with what we’re doing.” Stefanski was talking for the primary time because the NFL introduced Wednesday that it was interesting the ruling of disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, a former federal decide, because it seeks a more durable penalty below the league’s private conduct coverage.

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What our NFL Nation reporters noticed Friday

New York Giants: The Giants held their annual summer time fan fest at MetLife Stadium on Friday evening and rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux was among the many standouts from the scrimmage. The fifth total decide within the draft drew a holding penalty and was within the backfield on a number of events together with his electrical first step and arsenal of strikes.

“He is robust to dam,” coach Brian Daboll mentioned. “He is doing a extremely good job these previous few practices of getting his toes beneath him.”

The Giants nonetheless imagine that Thibodeaux is just scratching the floor. There’s a lot he can appropriate and do higher. Nonetheless, there’s some motive for optimism that the younger pass-rusher is pretty much as good as marketed. — Jordan Raanan

Seattle Seahawks: Pete Carroll was again at Seahawks follow, having accomplished his five-day isolation following a optimistic COVID-19 check on Sunday. The 70-year-old head coach bounced round together with his normal power whereas carrying a masks, saying afterward that he is feeling nice and by no means felt too sick save for a “couple little signs.”

The onerous half for Carroll was having to remain house because the workforce practiced Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Earlier than this week, the one follow he may recall lacking — both as a participant or a coach — was one at USC through the spring after his father’s demise.

And he did not fully miss these ones. Carroll was speaking with assistant coaches by way of telephone whereas watching a dwell feed of follow from house, saying he may truly see issues higher from that perspective.

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However nothing beats the actual factor.

“It was a blast to be with the fellows right this moment,” he mentioned. “I really feel prefer it’s been a month.” — Brady Henderson

San Francisco 49ers: For every of the previous 5 seasons below Kyle Shanahan, the Niners have had somebody completely different lead the workforce in dashing. Final 12 months, it was rookie working again Elijah Mitchell, which has many questioning if he can break that streak and do it for a second season in a row. The early returns would point out he’ll get the chance to do exactly that.

Mitchell bought loads of touches in Friday’s follow and appeared to have his sharpest session on this camp but. A kind of runs got here off the left aspect by way of a gap opened by sort out Trent Williams and guard Aaron Banks that may have gone for an enormous achieve. Mitchell performed by way of a wide range of accidents final 12 months, together with damaged ribs. However he is come again this 12 months with just a few added kilos in an effort to carry up higher.

“Elijah is such an environment friendly runner,” Shanahan mentioned. “He does not fiddle in any respect … we’re making an attempt to not lose what has bought him right here and add different parts to his recreation that his physique is able to doing.” — Nick Wagoner

Minnesota Vikings: Linebacker Jordan Hicks had an energetic day Friday. He intercepted quarterback Kirk Cousins as soon as within the crimson zone and he tipped one other cross close to the sideline that was finally caught by receiver Dan Chisena. Hicks missed the primary few days of coaching camp due to a non-COVID sickness, however he returned late final week and has appeared sturdy within the Vikings new 3-4 protection. Camp lineups have a tendency to vary over time, but it surely’s been notable to see Hicks enjoying a minimum of at instances on first, second and third downs alongside Eric Kendricks. — Kevin Seifert

Washington Commanders: Security Kamren Curl constructed on his sturdy spring by having a superb begin to coaching camp. On Friday, Curl was once more in the proper place on the proper time on a number of performs — one resulted in him recovering a fumble and one other ended with him stopping the working again within the gap. Curl has been used at instances in Washington’s Buffalo nickel position — the one crammed by Landon Collins final season. Curl additionally has performed the deep half within the workforce’s two-safety set. However maybe the largest change for Curl has been his communication expertise. He is been extra vocal, which coaches take as an indication of his elevated confidence in himself and luxury within the protection. — John Keim

Tennessee Titans: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sharp in follow Friday. Tannehill has thrown just one interception by way of eight practices. His finest throw was a wonderfully positioned drop shot over the shoulder of Nick Westbrook-Ikhine for an enormous achieve throughout a workforce interval. Tannehill additionally discovered Racey McMath deep within the secondary for what would have been an extended landing. The chemistry is rising for Tannehill and the receivers on deep passes. That’s one thing the Titans desperately wanted to enhance upon from final season. McMath has emerged as a possible deep menace after hauling in lengthy passes from Tannehill in every of the previous three practices. — Turron Davenport

New York Jets: Backup extensive receiver Denzel Mims did not say, “Play me or commerce me,” however he completely believes he deserves to be enjoying. The disappointing 2020 second-round decide envisions himself as a starter, saying, “I see myself on prime.” He added, “I present it on daily basis. It is as much as [the coaches] in the event that they play me or not, however I present on daily basis what I can do and I’ll proceed to do this.” Mims, whose first two seasons had been impacted by accidents and diseases, has improved in all areas, incomes reward from coaches. Drawback is, the Jets have good depth at receiver. Proper now, he is no higher than fifth or sixth on the depth chart. He is making an attempt to ascertain a task on particular groups, however he is by no means accomplished it earlier than, which hurts his worth. Do not be stunned if his title pops up in commerce hypothesis because the common season attracts close to. — Wealthy Cimini

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Atlanta Falcons: The largest word of the day for the Falcons was who was not at follow. Jalen Mayfield, final 12 months’s third-round draft decide and Atlanta’s starter at left guard final season, is coping with a decrease again challenge. It is already been a tough camp for Mayfield, who had been supplanted over the previous week by Elijah Wilkinson at left guard, however now he is coping with an harm, too. “We bought to get it to settle down,” Falcons head coach Arthur Smith mentioned. “He is a troublesome, robust child and grinding it out. So we’ll see the place that goes.” Smith mentioned they may see the place he’s subsequent week with it. He mentioned that “we do not foresee it being main” however acknowledged that again accidents will be tough. — Michael Rothstein

Carolina Panthers: Operating again Christian McCaffrey confirmed his explosiveness late in follow with a long term after which a crimson zone landing run. It is vital for the Panthers to maintain him on the sector and contemporary this season after he has missed 23 of his previous 33 video games with accidents. No matter whether or not Baker Mayfield or Sam Darnold wins the beginning quarterback job — neither had an enormous edge Friday — having McCaffrey within the backfield with them is essential. McCaffrey was again right this moment after taking a break day because the workforce continues to ensure he does not have greater than three padded practices in a row. “These days off are vital,” McCaffrey mentioned. “You have to be sure you’re doing issues on these days off to prepare for the following day. That is the aim of it. … I really feel nice.” However McCaffrey does have a difficulty. His self-proclaimed “bougie” dorm room at Wofford School is low on candles. So throughout his post-practice information convention, he requested, “If anybody has any candles or scents for rooms, let me know.” — David Newton

Dallas Cowboys: Linebacker Anthony Barr spent his first day on the follow subject holding a defensive name sheet as he will get accustomed to the Cowboys’ protection. He’s on the bodily unable to carry out record, however he says he “feels nice” bodily and known as it “simply an acclimation interval,” earlier than he begins to follow. He’s wanting ahead to working with Micah Parsons. “Clearly, he had an excellent begin final 12 months. Fairly superb what he was in a position to accomplish and I believe he may simply proceed to raise and take it to the following stage, and I am hoping to have the ability to be a device, a useful resource to him, and likewise be taught from him, be taught from all the fellows,” Barr mentioned. “Are available humble and able to be taught and able to assist.” — Todd Archer

Los Angeles Chargers: Cornerback J.C. Jackson cracked a smile after Day 8 of coaching camp when he was requested in regards to the expertise training towards Professional Bowl quarterback Justin Herbert. “He hasn’t actually thrown to my aspect,” Jackson mentioned, a shy grin rising. “I do not know if he is afraid or what, however he is barely thrown to my aspect.” Herbert afraid? That is unlikely, though the third-year quarterback did witness Friday what’s prone to occur when Jackson is challenged, as backup Easton Stick tried a cross that was tipped and landed in Jackson’s palms. “That is workforce protection,” Jackson mentioned in regards to the play. The Chargers signed Jackson, the NFL’s interceptions chief since 2018 (25), to a five-year, $82.5 million contract in free company. “He is been stable,” defensive coordinator Renaldo Hill mentioned. “He is been like we anticipated from his enjoying days in New England. Come out right here and be a lockdown performer.” — Lindsey Thiry

Las Vegas Raiders: New Raiders coach Josh McDaniels acknowledged Friday that his first offensive playcall of Thursday evening’s Corridor of Fame Sport, an tried deep cross, was an “ode” to the late Cliff Department, a long-ball menace all through his profession who will likely be inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame on Saturday. “That was a staple,” McDaniels mentioned after saluting together with his proper hand. “Cliff was a quick man and, clearly, made a bunch of massive performs in his profession, huge vital performs in huge vital video games … I do know Mr. Davis, each Mr. Davises, are huge followers of the lengthy ball so, sure, that was an ode to the Raiders, Cliff Department and the way in which that Mr. Davis, each of them, get pleasure from that sort of play. We tried to, did not go off precisely the way in which that we hoped that it could, but it surely ended up in our favor regardless.” Jarrett Stidham focused Tyron Johnson down the left sideline with the cross however was hit as he launched the ball, which as an alternative fluttered down into the ready arms of receiver Keelan Cole for a 31-yard catch-and-run pickup. — Paul Gutierrez

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Huge receiver Chris Godwin joined his teammates on the follow subject Friday for the primary time since struggling a torn ACL in Week 15 final 12 months. Godwin wore a brace on his proper knee and took part in some drills with the extensive receivers. He was not positioned on the PUP record to begin camp, however the plan has been to take issues slowly. Huge receivers coach Kevin Garver informed ESPN, “I assumed he appeared good. It is gonna be a course of for him. Take it one step at a time. However for this a part of the method, he appeared nice.” Huge receiver Mike Evans left follow early for what head coach Todd Bowles says is probably going a “tweaked hamstring.” Quarterback Tom Brady didn’t participate in follow due to a private matter, the workforce mentioned. Brady may even not be participating in subsequent week’s preseason opener towards the Miami Dolphins, Bowles mentioned, and he anticipates a number of starters may even sit out after two days of joint practices subsequent week. — Jenna Laine

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens practiced with out their prime two extensive receivers (Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay), which has offered an enormous alternative for James Proche II, who was restricted to 21% of the offensive snaps final season. Proche has responded with some huge performs downfield and within the crimson zone. “Simply doing my job,” Proche mentioned. “That is my display saver on my telephone — ‘Do your job.’ I am not fearful about anything however that.” Bateman missed his first follow of camp due to an undisclosed harm and will sit out Saturday as nicely. Duvernay (thigh bruise) is near returning, in response to coach John Harbaugh. — Jamison Hensley

Denver Broncos: There are many methods for a coach to attach with this gamers, however Nathaniel Hackett is already recognized amongst his gamers as a hugger, and plenty of have have already got needed to brace themselves once they see the top coach within the hallways of the workforce’s suburban Denver complicated. “Been a hugger since I used to be born, got here out making an attempt to hug the nurse,” Hackett mentioned. “It is a kind of issues, it is simply who I’m. Obtained it from my grandma, my mother. That is how I grew up; I am not going to vary. It throws the fellows off at first since you are available in scorching. However hey, it is me.”

“I believe Coach Hackett continues to be disciplined and he expects us to do issues in addition to we will always and goes to let you already know if you happen to do not, however that is his character, that is the way in which he approaches life,” guard Dalton Risner mentioned. Hackett promised from the second he was employed that he needed a high-energy surroundings across the Broncos. The workforce hasn’t been to the playoffs since its Tremendous Bowl 50 win to shut out the 2015 season. The Hackett ambush hug has grow to be a part of that equation. — Jeff Legwold

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Cincinnati Bengals: Friday was a bounce-back day for the offense after a tough exhibiting Thursday. However most significantly, it confirmed why WR Ja’Marr Chase might be a significant asset when lined up because the slot receiver. Operating a fade route out of the slot, he caught a stunning cross from QB Brandon Allen for a landing. Earlier within the day, coach Zac Taylor defined why Chase out of the slot might be a power for the offense this season. “There’s a number of other ways relying on the protection, relying on the defensive personnel you are going through, you can attempt to stress the protection, attempt to stress the participant caller, attempt to stress their personnel,” Taylor mentioned. “And Ja’Marr’s snug doing all of it.” — Ben Child


Finest NFL pictures, movies from camp

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