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NFL Coaching Camp Buzz Roundup: Matthew Stafford’s Elbow Turning into Concern for Rams

NFL Coaching Camp Buzz Roundup: Matthew Stafford’s Elbow Turning into Concern for Rams

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVAugust 5, 2022

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    The 2022 NFL preseason is underway.

    Granted, there is not quite a bit to be gleaned from the annual
    Corridor of Fame Sport. It was good to see Jacksonville Jaguars edge-rusher Travon
    Walker notch a sack after being drafted first total in 2022, and the Las Vegas
    Raiders regarded good as a crew, however many of the starters on each squads have been
    spectators.

    Nonetheless, that is yet another benchmark crossed. Yet one more signpost
    handed on the street to SoFi Stadium and the season opener between the Buffalo
    Payments and the Tremendous Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.

    Nevertheless, over a month stays till that
    Thursday evening affair, and coaching camps are in swing throughout the league. We’re seeing jockeying for roster spots. Depth chart shake-ups. And the one factor no
    crew desires presently of 12 months—accidents.

    We’ll kick off Friday’s look
    at coaching camp buzz throughout the league in that final class, with an previous drawback for the
    aforementioned Rams that will not go away.

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    Trey Lance wasn’t the one quarterback making information because the
    week wore down. However in Matthew Stafford’s case, it was for all of the unsuitable causes.

    After receiving an injection in his throwing elbow
    over the offseason to assist alleviate soreness, Stafford remains to be experiencing
    discomfort—and head coach Sean McVay expressed concern about it.

    “It is a bit of bit irregular for a quarterback,” McVay advised reporters. “Some of these things is issues that MLB pitchers take care of, so it’s one thing
    that we’re type of studying about on the fly along with his suggestions.”

    Nevertheless, McVay mentioned if this have been recreation day, he thinks
    Stafford may play, and he is hopeful the issue will not hamper him
    into the common season:

    “Wish to attempt to have him function in as little ache as
    attainable. I feel anytime that you have performed as lengthy and are as
    powerful as he’s, I do not know in case you’re ever actually pain-free, however the aim would
    be for Sept. 8, and actually trying towards 17 video games, then hopefully some video games
    after that, if we earn that chance. That is type of the attitude and the
    big-picture method that we wish to have the ability to take. I do not know that I’d
    really feel as snug taking that method if it wasn’t for the expertise that
    he’s amassed.”

    Stafford has lengthy been a participant who will intestine via nagging
    accidents—solely as soon as since 2011 has he didn’t play each recreation in a season.
    However the truth that this damage does not seem like getting higher is a fear for a Rams crew that’s trying to get again to the Tremendous Bowl.

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    One of many greatest storylines in coaching camp throughout the NFL is the ascension of Trey Lance to the position of beginning quarterback
    of the San Francisco 49ers.

    However in line with a report Friday, even the Niners aren’t certain how that can play out.

    As Doug
    Kyed
    reported for Professional Soccer Focus, the 49ers are assured in Lance—however they acknowledge there can be bumps within the street:

    “The San Francisco 49ers positively consider they
    will finally be higher with Lance as their quarterback. Nevertheless, brief time period,
    they perceive that Lance will possible have some rising pains as a rookie. The
    means that is been expressed to me is that Lance will lack consistency from recreation
    to recreation. …

    “The 49ers consider Lance may be among the best quarterbacks within the
    NFL, however they’re getting into this season with a level of uncertainty about how
    he’ll play.”

    Head coach Kyle Shanahan advised Mike
    Jones
    of USA Right this moment that he believes Lance has what it takes
    to climate these ups and downs.

    “We are saying on a regular basis, ‘You do not know if a man can play in
    the NFL till he will get his ass kicked,’” Shanahan mentioned. “You need to see
    how they do, if they’ll deal with it. … So, that was cool to observe him do it—to
    see that, to get via the entire offseason the place he is improved at all the things,
    it is given us the arrogance to do that.”

    The 49ers got here inside a recreation of the Tremendous Bowl final 12 months and
    have a playoff-caliber roster. With Jimmy Garoppolo’s days with the crew numbered, the fanbase’s response will bear watching if Lance will get off to a
    sluggish begin.

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    Talking of Garoppolo, the 30-year-old has been cleared to
    resume throwing, however you will not see him on the follow area with the 49ers. Shanahan reiterated
    to reporters
    Friday that it is a mutual resolution between participant and crew and
    that there are not any exhausting emotions as Garoppolo prepares for the following chapter:

    “We made it the perfect for each. I imply, if
    Jimmy wished to be in each single assembly and wished to do all the things, for
    certain we’d let him. I’d guess that is not what he would need, completely.
    And once we requested him, that was correct — he did not completely need that. So he is
    simply attempting to get his physique prepared for hopefully the following state of affairs he goes
    into.”

    The rumor mill continues to churn concerning Garoppolo’s subsequent
    crew. The New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans have all gotten some mention as attainable locations.

    Nevertheless, one other crew could find yourself being Garoppolo’s vacation spot. As Albert
    Breer
    of Sports activities Illustrated wrote, the NFL is interesting Deshaun Watson’s
    six-game suspension for violating the non-public conduct coverage after being sued
    by 24 ladies for sexual assault or misconduct. If the enchantment leads to an extended ban that wipes out his 2022
    season, then the Cleveland Browns might be the almost certainly subsequent crew for
    Garoppolo:

    “Bear in mind, coach Kevin Stefanski realized the offense
    he is working in Cleveland from Gary Kubiak, who additionally occurred to be a mentor of
    Kyle Shanahan’s. So, presumably, the transition for Garoppolo coming to
    Cleveland can be fairly straightforward, and it’d permit the Browns to compete with a
    roster the Cleveland brass feels is greater than prepared to actually contend.
    Garoppolo, as a part of that, would get an amazing probability to show who he may be as
    a quarterback, forward of on the lookout for a brand new dwelling in 2023.”

    The Browns have a playoff-caliber roster and essentially the most salary-cap house within the NFL. If Watson does get suspended for your entire
    season, Breer could also be on to one thing.

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    It is hardly uncommon for a veteran to overlook a day of follow. However when that veteran is the league’s oldest participant and a seven-time
    Tremendous Bowl champion, folks take discover.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was excused from
    practice
    Friday to take care of a “private matter.” It marked a 3rd
    straight day with out follow for Brady, as Wednesday was a veteran relaxation day
    and the crew did not follow Thursday.

    Nevertheless, whereas Brady wasn’t on the market, one among his prime
    weapons within the passing recreation was. Chris Godwin practiced (albeit with a brace on his proper knee) for
    the primary time since an ACL tear ended his 2021 season in December.

    Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles preached endurance the place the 26-year-old Godwin is worried.

    “It is good to see him on the market,” Bowles said. “We’re not getting our hopes up.”

    Godwin could also be a methods off from practising totally, a lot much less enjoying in a recreation. However in Russell Gage and Julio Jones, Tampa has the depth at receiver to be affected person.

    As soon as Godwin is again, the wideout corps might be as formidable as any within the NFL.

    If, that’s, Tampa can maintain the group wholesome. Veteran vast receiver Mike Evans left practice with what Bowles mentioned might be a hamstring damage.

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    The Corridor of Fame Sport signifies the start of the
    preseason, however as video games go, it is normally a yawner populated by gamers who
    will not make the 53-man roster. Starters do not typically get anyplace close to the
    area.

    That is why social media (particularly the fantasy soccer
    group) blew up Thursday evening when working again Josh Jacobs (the
    presumptive starter for Las Vegas) performed two collection for the Raiders in opposition to
    the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels did what he may
    to throw chilly water on the notion that Jacobs’ position might be in jeopardy whereas speaking
    to reporters
    after the sport:

    “I all the time assume it is good for backs to hold the ball
    within the preseason. There’s lots of issues that occur when
    you are getting tackled and hit you could’t simulate in follow. I feel all
    our guys had the ball tonight. I feel all our guys both caught it or have been
    handed the ball and needed to get tackled. We won’t actually simulate that or rep
    that in follow.”

    The issue is that this is not the primary time the brand new
    regime in Vegas has raised eyebrows the place Jacobs is worried. The Raiders have declined Jacobs’ fifth-year possibility for 2023. And introduced in Ameer
    Abdullah in free company. And drafted Zamir White within the fourth spherical this 12 months.

    Now he has performed important snaps in essentially the most meaningless of
    video games.

    Add all of it up, and it is getting more durable to justify
    investing actual fantasy draft capital in Jacobs this season.

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    Life comes at you quick within the NFL. Simply ask Houston Texans
    working again Marlon Mack.

    Again in 2020, Mack was in Indianapolis. He was Indy’s lead
    again coming off the primary 1,000-yard season of his NFL profession. Every part was
    coming collectively properly. However the good instances would not final lengthy. That 12 months, the
    Colts drafted a younger again out of Wisconsin named Jonathan Taylor. Then 4
    carries into the season, Mack ruptured his Achilles tendon.

    Final 12 months, Mack was a non-factor for the Colts—he carried
    the ball 28 instances and averaged simply 3.6 yards per carry. Now he finds
    himself in Houston, attempting to resurrect his profession.

    Mack advised reporters Friday that he is “there once more” when it comes to his well being. As Drew Dougherty of the crew web site relayed, Mack “feels good and is ready to make the cuts
    he was capable of make pre-injury.”

    If he actually is again to one hundred pc, that might be good
    information for each participant and crew. Final 12 months, the Texans have been lifeless final in speeding,
    averaging 83.7 yards per recreation. Their main rusher was a scatback
    (Rex Burkhead) on the unsuitable facet of 30. The Texans drafted rookie Dameon Pierce within the fourth spherical, however
    Pierce by no means carried the ball greater than 106 instances in a season in school.

    In each 2018 and 2019, Mack touched the ball greater than 200
    instances and eclipsed 1,000 yards from scrimmage whereas averaging at the very least 4.4 yards per
    carry. He is probably not an amazing again, however when wholesome, he is a great one.

    And “good” can be a giant step ahead for the Houston floor recreation.

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    Antonio Gibson’s 2022 position with the Washington Commanders has impressed lots of hypothesis over the summer season. The
    24-year-old eclipsed 1,000 speeding yards final 12 months, however the Commanders introduced
    again passing-down again J.D. McKissic and spent a Day 2 choose on Alabama working
    again Brian Robinson.

    For his half, Gibson told reporters he has extra confidence than ever
    getting into his third season.

    “It is 12 months 3,” he mentioned. “I really feel like I bought the
    reps that I wanted these previous two years. I made the errors that I’ve made,
    and I realized from them. I simply really feel assured going there. I am relaxed out
    there. I do know what I am doing. So, it feels good. Feels actual good.”

    After being restricted by a hamstring situation,
    Gibson lastly made his means into crew drills Friday. That is the excellent news.

    The unhealthy information, as ESPN’s John
    Keim tweeted, is that the fumbling points which have dogged Gibson have been on full show.

    John Keim @john_keim

    Onerous to inform if it has been an alternate situation or not however… Antonio Gibson with two fumbles at the moment in full crew work. Misplaced ball fast; may be exhausting to see if fast pop or unhealthy handoff. Backside line: misplaced each.

    Final 12 months, Gibson fumbled
    six times
    , shedding 4. No non-quarterback within the league put the ball on
    the bottom extra. If that continues, it is a matter of time till we see
    extra of Robinson and fewer of Gibson.

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    Because the theme of Friday’s buzz seems to be raining on
    the parades of fantasy managers, we’d as nicely try the darkish clouds
    forming in Chicago.

    The climate began getting iffy when supposed No. 1
    working again David Montgomery began working on special teams.

    Particular groups coordinator Richard Hightower chalked it as much as
    Montgomery doing no matter it takes to assist the crew.

    “Humorous factor about David the opposite day, he was taking a
    couple reps on the particular groups and his reps have been over and he mentioned, ‘Hey, can
    I get on the scout crew since my reps are over? Can I get on the scout crew and
    give these guys a glance?’” Hightower mentioned. “That simply speaks to [general manager] Ryan Poles
    and [head coach] Matt Eberflus in regards to the tradition that these guys are creating.”

    Montgomery echoed that chorus.

    “Wherever they want me, I will be able to be there,” he mentioned. “I’ve by no means performed particular groups earlier than. However I am all the time down and
    excited to be taught so I may be higher.”

    Nevertheless, enjoying particular groups is not one thing No. 1 backs are normally requested to do. With Khalil Herbert
    additionally seeing first-team reps within the backfield, Chris Emma of
    670 The Rating in Chicago speculated that the Chicago backfield might be
    headed for a committee.

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    It’s clear the Bears consider in Khalil Herbert, whereas Trestan Ebner has regarded spectacular in coaching camp. I’m anticipating there can be extra of a share within the backfield alongside David Montgomery.

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    The Cincinnati Bengals enter 2022 with one thing that has
    been in brief provide for 20-plus years—optimism and expectations.

    Camp bought off to a rocky begin when
    quarterback Joe Burrow needed to bear an emergency appendectomy final week. However
    “Joe Cool” is again at work main the crew.

    Properly, form of.

    Whereas Burrow remains sidelined as he
    recovers, he has been on the sidelines at follow and serving to lead some crew conferences.
    Head coach Zac Taylor advised reporters he does not anticipate that
    not being beneath heart making play calls will adversely have an effect on his younger quarterback:

    “I do not assume that is vital for him. I
    assume he is been fairly locked in and centered. He is within the conferences and serving to
    lead a number of the conferences — like he was at the moment. So he is been a lot engaged and
    I do not assume we’d like that to stimulate him. He does a reasonably good job with
    that.”

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    Lacking out on camp reps is not best, particularly since
    Burrow’s enjoying time within the preseason will land someplace between “a couple of
    snaps” and “enveloped in bubble wrap on the sideline.”

    However all of the Bengals ought to actually fear about is ensuring Burrow is totally wholesome when the Steelers come to city
    in Week 1.

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