“He's taking coaching well and learning, because, I mean, he missed the whole year last year, so this year he's progressing right where we need him to be,” Jeffery said. “He listens to the coaches, and he's making plays and he's having fun.”
Jeffery, the Bears’ franchise-tag player, is passing along subtle tips to White, who has missed just one open training camp practice, which, if nothing else, constitutes some progress for player who developed a stress fracture in his shin overtraining for the NFL combine last year.
The best glimpse of White in the preseason could come Saturday versus the Kanas City Chiefs, where the Bears' first team is expected to play at least one full half. While it’s not a requirement, it would be beneficial for White to get more involved offensively, without compromising what Chicago’s offense truly intends to do Week 1 at Houston, the story said.
This is the third straight practice Gronkowski has missed.
“He’s taking coaching well and learning,” Jeffery said Sunday after practice at Halas Hall. “He missed the whole year last year, so this year he’s progressing right where we need him to be. He listens to the coaches and he’s making plays and having fun.”
Jeffery and White possess the potential to develop into one of the NFL’s top receiving tandems. Jeffery already has been voted to a Pro Bowl, his 3,728 yards are the most by a receiver in his first four seasons with the Bears, and he has recorded the top two most prolific games in franchise history by a receiver with 249 yards against the Vikings and 218 yards versus the Saints.
The Bears are hoping that White develops into the impact player they envisioned when they selected him with the seventh pick in the 2015 draft after he caught 109 passes for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns at West Virginia in 2014. Knowing that they’re both big and strong, the 6-3, 218-pound Jeffery has encouraged the 6-3, 216-pound White to use his size as a weapon, the story said. The two could also make QB Jake Cutler a sneaky late pick in drafts.
About the only positive in a day littered with bad injury news for the Patriots: Thus far in the preseason, White has displayed a consistent ability to make defenders miss in space, as we saw on a 14-yard screen pass against the Bears that probably should have gone for a loss.
With Lewis facing a second knee surgery, as first reported by The Globe's Jim McBride, White should be considered a roster lock. He'll have a significant role in the Patriots' offense until Lewis returns.
White can give the Pats maybe 60 percent of what Lewis provided purely as a receiver, but there is no one on the roster that will replace Lewis' production as a runner from spread formations. On 1st-and-10, the Patriots could put Brady in the shotgun, flank him with Lewis and trot out four wide receivers. And from that formation, they could either pass or run.
The story went on to say the Pats may have to show their cards now. When White is in the game, the Patriots are probably passing. When LeGarrette Blount is in the game, they're probably running. The story made a case for Donald Brown, who can be considered a mix of both runner and receiver and perhaps keep defenses on their toes. But Brown hasn't been able to stay healthy and hasn't practiced in camp nor played in a preseason game.
Julian Edelman did not receive much work in 11-on-11s, but he roasted the Bears secondary in one-on-ones and seven-on-sevens. Edelman's quickness is unparalleled. Bears corners Tracy Porter and Joel Ross might as well have been blindfolded.
The story added it's the first Edelman has practiced since Aug. 9. He also took a pass over the middle and turned it upfield, taking an unexpected hit that nearly led to another fight. It's good sign Edelman is back and his quickness seems to have returned as well.
"He had a doctor’s appointment," Fox said to reporters assigned to cover the joint sessions in Foxborough. "So we keep evaluating him, keep looking and trying to make sure we cure all symptoms."
Miller was out of commission for 13 days after suffering a concussion on a hit near the goal line by linebacker Lamarr Houston on July 31, but he returned to practice over the weekend and traveled with the team to New England.
"He’s still coming off the concussion protocol," Fox explained. "We sent him to the doctor today. That’s why he wasn’t out here early at the start of practice. They were stuck in traffic."
Fox refused to call today’s developments a setback for Miller, who set career-highs in receptions (34), receiving yards (439), and touchdowns (five) for the Bears last season. Fox added there was no setbacks but no new prognosis.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski left Monday’s practice early after pulling up while running a route and his absence extended into Tuesday’s work.
There have been multiple reports that whatever caused Gronkowski to leave practice isn’t considered a serious injury, although coach Bill Belichick didn’t address those reports or Gronkowski’s status during his pre-practice press conference, the story said.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 10:50am
The 5’9”, 192-pound Smith, a Florida State product entering his seventh NFL season, appeared in five games with the Chicago Bears last season. An undrafted free agent who spent his first five credited NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Smith has averaged 9.9 yards on his 30 NFL carries and totaled 7 touchdowns on 45 touches.
No details on Gronkowski's situation have emerged, but it's possible that he simply felt the early signs of a muscle cramp. Temperatures reached the 90s Monday, and Gronk has many muscles to cramp.
In all likelihood, Gronk will sit in the preseason, as will Julian Edelman.
The story was mostly about just how cautious can the Pats be with Gronk. After a healthy 2016, hopefully for owners this was just a cramping situation. At some point, Gronk and Edelman will have to get back out there.
Gronkowski appeared to suffer an injury during 7-on-7 drills where he pulled up on Tom Brady’s pass in Gronk’s direction. The Patriots tight end walked over to a trainer, who eventually escorted Gronkowski off the field. Gronk walked off under his own power, but was moving slowly as he exited to the rear of the field.
Information about the injury is scarce at the moment, but given Gronk's injury history, it seems worthwhile to pass along the report from Boston.com. We don't recommend Gronkowski in the 1st or 2nd round this season due to the good depth at his position.
The Bronocs QB job is still up for grabs and if Gary Kubiak had been asked after Saturday morning's practice to pick one, he might well have circled none of the above as he offered; “I’m not real happy with practice.’’
Mark Sanchez got the start in the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears and finished his quarter of work 10-of-13 for 99 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Overall, Sanchez has moments when he looks like the guy who has started 72 career regular-season games and is the clear No. 1, but that’s when he stays on time in his progressions.
When he rushes things early in the play, gets impatient, or when the play gets extended, that’s when the majority of his mistakes have come because in those moments he has often forced things when he shouldn’t.
In recent practices he has had three interceptions returned for what would have been touchdowns in games – two by Bradley Roby in the past week and one by Lorenzo Doss in Saturday’s practice. If he doesn’t earn the job it will be that propensity to force the issue when he’s out of sync on the play that has cost him.
That's pretty much the book on Sanchez so we'll see if it can change. He can look great at times and awful at others. As the story said, Sanchez has to clean up his game. He has has averaged slightly more than an interception a game in his career, and Kubiak simply may not be willing to live with that ratio.
Miller was officially listed as having limited participation.
"It's not fun to sit out, so it's great to be back," the 31-year-old said.
The depleted Bears offense badly needs Miller, who caught a career high 34 passes for 439 yards and five touchdowns in 2015.
All five of Miller’s touchdowns occurred in the final eight games he played. His 87-yard touchdown catch Week 10 at St. Louis is the second-longest reception by a Bears tight end and tied for the seventh-longest overall in franchise history.
Miller was the #5 TE over the final nine weeks of the season, and that includes Week 17, which he missed due to injury. He averaged 3.9 catches for 51 yards and 0.63 TD (on 5.1 targets per game) in that span. In the four games that Martellus Bennett missed, Miller averaged 5.0-55-0.50 on 6.8 targets per game. Those are solid TE1 numbers in both standard and PPR formats. Miller is 31 years old and has had trouble staying healthy throughout his career, but he'll be a compelling pick in the later rounds now that the Bears parted ways with Bennett.
Less than 24 hours after playing a starring role in the Broncos’ preseason opening victory at Chicago on Thursday, Bennie Fowler was in an X-ray room. The Broncos’ second-year receiver sustained a fracture on the outside of his right elbow while covering a Bears punt.
He had no idea.
Fowler stayed in the game without any problems, finishing with three receptions for 18 yards (6.0 average) and blocking another punt late in the second quarter that was recovered for a touchdown. But he woke up with discomfort and the images revealed the fracture, on the outside of the joint.
One of the biggest position battles of the offseason has been that of the Denver Broncos’ quarterback situation. Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch have been duking it out all summer, and while it hasn’t been completely sorted out just yet, we’re getting closer to finding out who will start in Week 1.
On Tuesday, the Broncos revealed that Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback Thursday when they take on the Chicago Bears in the preseason opener. Sanchez will play the first quarter with Siemian taking over in the second quarter. The second half will be owned by the rookie Lynch.
Broncos players said that they expected Sanchez to start the preseason opener, and they were right in that regard, the story said. This is obviously a positive sign for Sanchez’s chances of being under center in Week 1, but it’s far from a declaration by Kubiak.
Ryan Tannehill has proved he’s athletic enough to be used in the read-option offense.
But the Dolphins quarterback might not be using his legs as much in Adam Gase’s offense. Gase, who most recently coached offenses that featured Jay Cutler and Peyton Manning, said he’s not sure how much read-option Miami will run this season.
“We’ll see how it goes with that,” Gase said. “I haven’t had great success in the past because I haven’t had a ton of mobile guys. But we have some things that we can use. We’re just going to kind of take it a little bit at a time. It’s hard to run against our defense. … We’ll probably focus on things like that more in walkthroughs and things like that. There will be a time and place for it, but once again when you’re putting the quarterback out there especially in the zone-read game, you just better make sure you’re right because you don’t want him taking unnecessary shots.”
Tannehill, who played as a wide receiver at Texas A&M, has run for 901 yards on 177 rush attempts (5.1 yards per carry) over his four NFL seasons. In Gase’s offense with the Bears last season, Cutler ran for 201 yards on 38 rush attempts. One of Tannehill’s strengths as a quarterback has been his ability to throw on the run outside of the pocket. But the Dolphins’ wide-nine defense featuring defensive ends Cameron Wake and Mario Williams has made it difficult for Tannehill to escape the pocket in training camp, the story said.
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