NFL training camp updates – Zach Wilson finds a groove; Jordan Love preps for preseason start; joint practices heat up

The NFL has been going through a lot of changes, and the first thing you might have noticed is that training camp has been a little more interesting this year. Jordan Love had a good first day of practice with the Steelers on Wednesday, but Zach Wilson had a better day yesterday.

Zach Wilson is a rookie tight end out of Ohio State, and he has been making a name for himself in training camp. He has had some impressive catches during practice, and even more impressive touchdown grabs.

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Quarterbacks were in the focus during training camp workouts on Wednesday as clubs prepared for the 2021 preseason games this weekend.

Lamar Jackson of the Ravens had his most accurate day of camp, Zach Wilson of the Jets seemed at ease, and Jordan Love of the Packers was preparing to start in the Packers’ preseason games on Aaron Rodgers’ day off. Tua Tagovailoa of Miami fought against a strong Chicago defense in a joint session, but Allen Robinson II of the Bears missed out with a hamstring issue. Despite the fact that the Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr had the day off from on-field practice, he used the time to discuss his playing future.

In other news, sources indicate injured Colts quarterback Carson Wentz may be ready for Week 1… but Rashod Bateman, another Ravens receiver, has been hurt.

Here’s everything you need to know and watch from the league’s various camps:

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Wentz and Nelson are expected to play in Week 1 for the Colts, according to sources.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz and guard Quenton Nelson are on track to heal from foot operations in time for next month’s regular-season start against the Seahawks.

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Bateman of the Ravens will miss a ‘few of weeks’ due to a soft tissue injury to his leg.

Rashod Bateman, the Baltimore Ravens’ first-round selection, will miss “a number of weeks” due to a soft tissue damage to his leg, according to coach John Harbaugh.


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Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins offense did not have an easy opponent, according to head coach Brian Flores. The first of two joint-practice sessions between Miami and Chicago benefited both defenses, and it gave Tagovailoa the opportunity to face a Bears team that had Pro Bowlers on every level. “That defense up front is very excellent,” Tagovailoa remarked. “They’re right there in your face when you’re hitting your back foot on your passes,” Tagovailoa said. Tagovailoa said he tried to target tight end Mike Gesicki, who Miami activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday. Dickerson, Jeff


Despite having a banged-up wide receiver corps, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson had his most accurate day of training camp. Jackson made 17 of 22 throws (77 percent) and mostly used short and midrange throws. Due to injuries to Marquise Brown (hamstring), Rashod Bateman (groin), Miles Boykin (hamstring), and Deon Cain (hamstring), the Ravens were down to seven wide receivers (two were added this week) (undisclosed). Jackson depended heavily on tight end Mark Andrews, who caught five passes from Jackson, as he had done the previous three seasons. Jamison Hensley (Jamison Hensley)



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On Wednesday, Jalen Mayfield got some first-team repetitions at right tackle for the Falcons, the first time since Friday’s practice. Mayfield has been in a battle with Willie Beavers at left tackle, and don’t be shocked if Beavers starts at left tackle and Mayfield starts at right tackle in Friday’s preseason game. The battle at right tackle will intensify next week, when both Kaleb McGary and Jason Spriggs are scheduled to return to practice completely. It’s one of the few entry-level positions that’s really up for grabs. Michael Rothstein is a writer and producer.


Zach Wilson, the rookie quarterback, bounced back after a couple of poor sessions on Wednesday. With a few of high-velocity intermediate tosses, he appeared more at ease in the pocket and demonstrated his arm strength. However, he was sloppy on one pass, attempting to throw one over the head of linebacker C.J. Mosley, who almost intercepted the ball. “This is where I’m learning what I can get away with and what I can’t,” Wilson said of taking chances on the practice field. Cimini, Rich


The defenses dominated the first of two joint practice sessions between the Bears and Dolphins, which were delayed for 45 minutes due to thunderstorms. It served as a good warm-up for Bears quarterback Andy Dalton ahead of Saturday’s preseason game against the same Dolphins, in which Dalton will be restricted to only a few plays. “It’s exciting to get these chances to play against other teams, and it comes at a nice time,” Dalton said. Due to a hamstring injury, Chicago’s offense was forced to practice without its finest player, wide receiver Allen Robinson II. Dickerson, Jeff


After missing the first five days of camp due to the COVID-19 protocol, Cardinals wide receiver Andy Isabella is back in it. It remains to be seen how this may affect his job security. Isabella may risk another of the young receivers impressing enough to start making inroads on his roster place if he needs to miss Friday’s preseason game. However, it is unlikely that it would have an impact on his position with the Cardinals unless he continues to follow the procedure, which would restrict his availability and perhaps jeopardize his roster place. Josh Weinfuss (@JoshWeinfuss)


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As a reward for their hard work in training camp so far, Raiders coach Jon Gruden gave the squad the day off from on-field practice on Wednesday, after the players were already suited in full pads. “It felt incredible for a second,” defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins said. “Because it was so early, I assumed I was still dreaming.” The Raiders have started training at 7:30 a.m. to beat the heat in Southern Nevada. “This wasn’t a day off,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “In the weight room… and with the trainers, we were still working.” Gutierrez, Paul


Antwaan van der Linden is the wide receivers coach. On the Lions’ coaching staff, Randel El is one of eight former NFL players. When asked who would win in a one-on-one matchup with former Pro Bowl DB Aaron Glenn, Detroit’s defensive coordinator, Randel El firmly states that he would win. He laughed and replied, “I didn’t say you were going to see it.” “I’d want to keep my Achilles and all that stuff.” Randel El featured in Super Bowl XL at Ford Field during his playing days, and his 43-yard reverse touchdown throw to wide receiver Hines Ward in the fourth quarter helped Pittsburgh defeat Seattle 21-10. Eric Woodyard’s remark


Because Aaron Rodgers was given the day off, the Packers’ Jordan Love took the QB1 repetitions in Wednesday’s practice, which served as a warm-up for Saturday’s preseason opener against the Texans. Love continued to be erratic, with one play hitting Amari Rodgers, who made an outstretched grab with a high degree of difficulty, and another tossing the ball at a player’s feet. Reggie Begelton, who claimed that Love is the best player in camp, has caught the most passes from Love thus far “Detecting defenses is much faster. He knows where his receivers are meant to be and, to be honest, he does a fantastic job at it.” Demovsky, Rob


The Browns were forced to work indoors on Wednesday due to rain, and with limited space owing to the club’s weight room still being housed in the indoor practice facility, the team concentrated on short-yardage and goal-line scenarios. Early in the session, tight ends Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant dominated, until the defense took over, highlighted by safety John Johnson III’s spectacular ball breakup in the end zone. Jake Trotter’s remark


Trey Lance, the 49ers’ rookie quarterback, has been under pressure during team exercises for the last several days due to a lack of protection. In Wednesday’s practice, the second-team defense had around five would-be sacks against Lance, but he was able to go 13-of-16 when he was able to pass. Not all sacks are protection problems, as offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel pointed out, indicating Lance can probably pick up on certain things faster and get the ball out. Still, if things don’t calm down, the demand to see Lance behind the top offensive line on a more frequent basis will become louder. Nick Wagoner is a writer.


On Wednesday, the Cowboys wrapped up their full workouts in Oxnard with a “sluggish and lethargic” day, but the good news was that Dak Prescott threw more than he did on Tuesday. After missing two weeks, the QB was restricted from throwing deeper throws, but he reported no discomfort or soreness in the past two days. Prescott wants to play at least a bit in the preseason, with the aim of being ready for the Sept. 9th opening against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “They deal with this 100 times a year in baseball, and those guys get through it and get beyond it, and it’s nothing to be concerned about as long as they stick to their plan and do what they need to do,” Prescott said. “Right now, that’s precisely what I’m doing.” Todd Archer is a writer.


The Giants had their first and only public practice at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday night. They were able to do it despite the absence of star running back Saquon Barkley (knee), first-round receiver Kadarius Toney, and coveted free-agent signing wide Kenny Golladay (hamstring). After two consecutive sessions, Barkley had a “pull-back day,” while Toney sat once again due to workload management. As he recovers from a hamstring injury, Golladay jogged on the sidelines. Jordan Raanan is a writer.

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In his second session of training camp, Ravens Pro Bowl OT Ronnie Stanley is taking part in individual exercises.

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Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins in action at Halas Hall.

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Za’Darius Smith looks to be on his way back. This is the first time we’ve seen him on the field. He’s with the rehab group, but he’s still on the NFI list due to a back ailment and wants a new deal.

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“It was the perfect opportunity for me and my family, and I felt like I could make a difference in this company and, together with Jeff [Okudah], be a member of the leadership team and accomplish something unique, something huge. It’s not just about winning; it’s about winning big.” Despite several clubs’ interest in Lions CB Nickell Robey-Coleman, he signed with Detroit as a free agency this week. “Without a doubt, I believe I can play for another 15 years. Nothing is causing any discomfort. I’m in the midst of camp, and I’m in fantastic shape. I’m feeling powerful, quick, and explosive. And I believe that is just due to the way we train today.” Derek Carr, Raiders quarterback