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» From Pop Warner to high school and then college and finally the NFL, everything’s different and everything’s real in the realm of football when full pads are put on.
A good many NFL teams donned full pads for the first time on Monday.
There’s more anticipation and excitement ahead of the first practice in pads, whether it’s with the veterans who know what happens on the field going forward is what really matters or the fresh-faced rookies getting a crash course in a new level of physicality.
“First day of pads, man, everybody’s excited like we’re feeling like a kid again, just out here first time putting pads on,”Dolphinsdefensive backXavien Howardsaidvia the team account. “So we’re enjoying that.”
Heading into his fourth season, Howard might feel like a kid again, but the first day of pads is nothing new.
“It was a lot different,” Deiter said. “The physicality it’s there. It’s people’s ability to get off blocks, it happens way faster, they’re way more athletic and they’re a little bit more physical, there’s no denying that.”
For some rookies, getting back into pads was of even greater significance. Having undergone core muscle surgery in September,49ersfirst-round selectionNick Bosawithdrew from the remainder of his junior season on Oct. 16. So putting on the pads Monday was a big deal for the defensive end.
“It’s football. It’s the same stuff, it’s just better players. Throwing on the shoulder pads today, it was a shock to me how long it’s been,” the 21-year-old Bosa told reporters on Mondayvia the NFL Network’s MJ Acosta. “I don’t think I’ve ever taken a break that long since I was 7 years old. So, it was different, but I mean, it’s just the best feeling ever. Especially in the weather up here. It feels great out there, no humidity. Couldn’t be happier.”
With 38 days until kickoff, the pads are on from the west coast to the east …
… and all points in between.
“We’re going to go with Kevin [Hogan] to begin with and then Drew [Lock]’s going to follow him and then [Brett Rypien]’s going to follow him,” Fangio said about the quarterbacks.
In regards to how he plans to handle the first-stringers, Fangio added that “most of them won’t play. There might be a couple guys that get a handful of plays.”
» Injuries, releases and everything in between have free agents taking visits as training camp is still in its infancy.
TheBroncoshave a position battle brewing at tailback between second-year talentsPhillip LindsayandRoyce Freeman, but Riddick, a proven pass-catcher out of the backfield, could provide an added dimension and experience.
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With backupRobert Griffin IIIsustaining a fracture in his thumb, Baltimore brought in Johnson for a visit after he looked impressive with theRedskinslast year (after a three-season hiatus from the NFL). But with Griffin likely due back by the start of the season, Johnson didn’t feel it was the right opportunity, Rapoport added.
But he looked plenty relaxed Monday when he dropped by during InsideTraining CampLive coverage to say hello to his older brother David, along with Rhett Lewis and Steve Mariucci.
“I’m sure you’ll see him,” Derek said. “Just know the connection’s there.”
» Zeke watch carries on in Oxnard, California.
Starting withEzekiel Elliottmissing the team flight on Thursday, moving to Friday’s absence on report day and then Saturday’s first day of practice, the standout running back’s holdout has plodded forward.
On Monday, NFL Network’s Jane Slater checked in to say there’s no imminent conclusion, but no reason to panic.
For those wondering, itâ€™s Monday 8am on the west coast. Day 3 of practice and still no Zeke counteroffer. Iâ€™m told no need to panic. This one is just a slow process per a source informed.#Cowboys#zekewatch
â€” Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) July 29, 2019
» Just don’t call him Vinny.
TheBuccaneersannounced Monday that they had signed quarterback Vincent Testaverde. No, not the 21-season NFL veteran who played six seasons with the Bucs (the first of his seven teams), but his son, Vincent.
Vincent started eight games for the Great Danes of the University of Albany as a senior in 2018 with 1,714 and 11 touchdowns. As the elder Testaverde started at the University of Miami, so too did Vincent before moving on to Albany. Now he’s starting his pro career where his father did, as well.
» Patrick Mahomescan seemingly do it all.
The reigning NFL MVP has showcased mind-spinning throws from all angles and even dabbled with some left-handed tosses.
» Receiver DJ Moore reached back and grabbed a highlight-reel catch atPantherstraining camp on Monday. QBCam Newtontested the traffic over the middle of the end zone and Moore hauled in the one-handed buzz-worthy grab.
That one-handed snag ï¿½ï¿½pic.twitter.com/WNRGmB64lo
» As training camp burns on, so too does the summer. With July winding down and August on the horizon, weather is at the forefront, be it humidity or heat — or both. And even for superstar veterans, it adds to the grind.
Life in Texas:
Take a shower… walk outside… need another shower.
â€” JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 29, 2019
Then again, if you’re a youngster who gets a chance to hit training camp like the pros you root for, even a little rain’s not going to stop you when you’re rocking yourKhalil Mackjersey.
» Introducing Furrreddie Kitchens!
Other than the hashtag (#BrownsCamp), Furrredie Kitchens doesn’t have much to do with training camp. Nonetheless, theBrownsshould be commended for getting the word out on this adorable young lady, who’s looking for a great home and up for adoption.
» The sushi catch is real.
As NFL Network’s James Palmer spoke withTexansstandout wideoutDeAndre Hopkins, the All-Pro spoke on his chemistry with quarterbackDeshaun Watson. That included the “sushi catch,” in which Watson tossed sushi to Hopkins, who, of course, hauled in the toss with a pair of chopsticks.
“A lot of people think the sushi catch was fake. It was actually real — it was the first try.”
Whether or not Hopkins’ sushi-catching skills aided in his 99 Madden rating remains unknown, however.
â€” James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) July 29, 2019
» Greatness is expected from the NBA’s No. 1 overall pick, Zion Williamson.
Having previously taken inSaintspractices, Williamson, who was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans, got the chance to catch throws from one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time as he played a little catch with the ageless wonder namedDrew Brees.
With the free-agent signing of tight endJared Cook, the TE position seems to be locked up in New Orleans, but a little practice never hurts.
» Another day of training camp, anotherLe’Veon Bellsighting.