There’s a definite wrestling vibe in Nashville this week, and it spilled over into the Tennessee Titans’ training camp on Thursday.
WWE is internet hosting Summer seasonSlam on Saturday, and on Sunday, professional wrestling legend Ric “The Nature Boy” Flair will carry out within the ring for the final time on an impartial present. Before that milestone occasion, Flair, 73, took time to cease by the Titans’ apply and converse to the gamers on the invitation of coach Mike Vrabel, in line with ESPN Titans reporter Turron Davenport. Flair walked onto the sphere after apply because the crew performed his theme music and shared who his favourite NFL participant is, and stated Vrabel might have had a profession in wrestling.
The first week of the 2022 NFL training camp schedule has had its share of reports, together with phrase Thursday that Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle Ryan Jensen was carted off the sphere with a left knee harm. Meanwhile, Carlos Dunlap II goes to signal with the Kansas City Chiefs, and after Cameron Heyward’s rebuttal to Ben Roethlisberger’s declare that right now’s gamers are extra “me-first,” the retired Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback tried so as to add some context to his assertion.
Here’s what you could know from camps throughout the league:
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New England Patriots: Veteran WR DeVante Parker had one of many performs of the day, catching a back-shoulder TD move from Mac Jones close to the left pylon of the tip zone as CB Jalen Mills had tight protection. In equity to Mills, he was sporting mitts on his arms as a part of a way that coaches use to assist cornerbacks keep away from grabbing, and these aren’t padded practices, so there isn’t any contact. But Parker has made an early assertion nonetheless. — Mike Reiss
Jacksonville Jaguars: Cornerback Shaquill Griffin didn’t have an interception in his first season with the Jaguars in 2021, however he did drop 4 potential picks, which is why he made engaged on his arms a precedence within the offseason. It seems to have paid off early in training camp. Griffin made a diving, one-handed catch to safe a tipped move ultimately zone throughout purple zone work on Thursday. Trevor Lawrence tried to zip a move to tight finish Evan Engram, however linebacker Shaq Quarterman deflected it and Griffin nabbed it. Griffin, who signed a three-year contract value $40 million in March 2021, stated within the spring that he had been attempting to catch 75-100 balls per day. — Mike DiRocco
Washington Commanders: The Commanders’ offense didn’t look sharp Thursday, particularly the passing recreation. Too a lot stress from the protection; too many arms in passing lanes and too many errant throws. But late in apply, quarterback Carson Wentz confirmed off his arm on a deep ball to rookie receiver Jahan Dotson, hitting him in stride on an roughly 40-yard throw vs. tight protection by nook Benjamin St-Juste. The play additionally highlighted Dotson’s strengths as he maintained leverage and made an over-the-shoulder catch. Dotson has been spectacular for the reason that spring. — John Keim
Los Angeles Chargers: Chargers star security Derwin James Jr. didn’t apply for a second consecutive day as negotiations over a contract extension proceed. James is, nevertheless, collaborating within the walk-through parts of apply. Edge rusher Joey Bosa went by way of the contract course of two years in the past and stated he talked with James concerning the state of affairs. “He’s, I believe, doing the precise factor,” Bosa stated about James, a two-time Pro Bowl choice. “He clearly deserves no matter he’ll get,” Bosa stated. “He places in 100% each single day…. the truth that he is out right here, teaching the blokes, absolutely concerned, 100% locked in day by day, it clearly means loads to all of us.” James is scheduled to earn $9 million within the closing season of his rookie deal. — Lindsey Thiry
Atlanta Falcons: It’s solely been two days, however quarterback Marcus Mariota has seemed good. Based on unofficial calculations, Mariota has accomplished all 24 passes he is thrown thus far in camp — though to be truthful, a whole lot of them have been quick passes, and Thursday he was bailed out a couple of instances by good performs from his tight ends, together with Anthony Firkser with a one-handed, diving catch. Rookie QB Desmond Ridder additionally seemed like he is getting a deal with on the offense — a deep throw to Drake London specifically sparkled Thursday — however he additionally held the ball too lengthy in a number of cases. The Falcons have basically indicated that they’re beginning out with Mariota as their No. 1, however it’ll be an fascinating competitors to observe. — Michael Rothstein
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Bucs beginning middle Ryan Jensen carted off with a knee harm
Ryan Jensen was carted off the sphere throughout Thursday’s training camp apply with a left knee harm.
Bucs coach Todd Bowles stated Jensen will bear an MRI to find out the severity of the harm. General supervisor Jason Licht stated the crew may not have a prognosis for a couple of days on account of swelling.
The harm occurred throughout a crew interval and resulted in the entire crew gathering round Jensen, who has been a fixture on the Bucs’ offensive line for 5 seasons. The temper instantly turned somber.
Kansas City Chiefs signing Carlos Dunlap, agent says
Veteran defensive finish Carlos Dunlap is signing a one-year deal value as much as $8 million with the Chiefs, agent Drew Rosenhaus instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday.
The Chiefs had been twenty ninth within the league in sacks final season and misplaced certainly one of their prime pass-rushers in veteran Melvin Ingram, who left in free company to the Miami Dolphins.
Big Ben clarifies ‘me-first’ feedback
After attributing a scarcity of playoff success to an increase in “me-first” gamers, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger walked again his feedback in an interview with an area radio station Thursday.
“I in all probability ought to’ve been extra detailed, extra particular,” Roethlisberger instructed 102.5 DVE. “It’s not nearly all of guys are that manner.”
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