Friday, August 1, 2014, 4:08pm
Eagles QB Nick Foles has attempted more back shoulder throws in practice this week than he did all of last season, even with lengthy wideout Riley Cooper out with a foot injury. HC Chip Kelly likes to talk about “tools in the toolbox,” and the Eagles have the personnel this year -- Cooper, Jeremy Maclin, Jordan Matthews -- to make the back shoulder throw more prominent in their offense.
They’ve become trendy tosses for quarterbacks in a league where wideouts now resemble outside linebackers, and they’re effective because receivers don’t have to create separation with speed to make the play.
All it takes is the proper adjustment to an intentionally underthrown pass.
“It's part of the game,” offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said. “I think they can be very effective if they're thrown with the right timing and at the right spot. So it's just one of the things guys work on. We try to take advantage of every opportunity to get the ball down the field, and that is just another way to do it.”
Watching the rest of his team compete and run around has challenged his patience, but he's stayed confident in his progress working on the side field.
"In due time I will be out there," Jones said.
The most important question in regard to Jones' status is if he's concerned about possibly missing the start of the regular season. He wasn't having that.
"No, I'll be ready," Jones said.
He injured the ankle in an offseason workout with QB Andy Dalton. He isn't worried about his status for Week 1 and neither are we. He finished strong down the stretch, including an 8-130 outing against the Chargers in the playoffs.
Robinson strained his right hamstring in practice Thursday. It's the same leg that kept him out during organized team activities.
Jaguars writer John Oehser said that Robinson's availability for Week 1 is not in jeopardy, but the repeated hamstring injuries are worrisome. Marqise Lee will have the opportunity to distance himself and win the starting job opposite Cecil Shorts, who is also out with a hamstring injury.
Friday, August 1, 2014, 12:46pm
There are a few kicker battles going on around the league, but Suisham's job is safe.
Friday, August 1, 2014, 12:44pm
That day, however, was not Friday.
Sporting a walking boot on his right foot walking around the NovaCare Complex, Cooper was on the sidelines again on Friday as the Eagles took the field for training camp practice. The practice was the third straight day that Cooper has been either out of practice or limited.
Injuries to the Eagles' WR corps should be closely monitored because Jordan Matthews is a likely fantasy starter if he can work his way into starter's snaps for his own team.
Friday, August 1, 2014, 12:43pm
Not that Bortles is a legitimate threat yet to unseat veteran starter Chad Henne, whose experience and knowledge of Fisch's system give him a sizable advantage.
Friday, August 1, 2014, 12:18pm
Jets RB Bilal Powell, who must fight Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory for playing time, missed his third straight practice Thursday with a hamstring injury. Powell was just so-so last season, when he averaged 4 yards per carry – the same number he averaged in 2012. Ivory last season averaged 4.6, as he emerged as the Jets’ most reliable back. This is the final year of Powell’s rookie contract. He needs to show the Jets growth, though you have to wonder how many opportunities he will get.
Friday, August 1, 2014, 12:07pm
He isn’t quite sure what all the fuss is about after spending last season on the practice squad.
“I really can’t tell you why things are clicking,” said Brown, who was a sixth-round draft pick in 2013. “Last year, I guess I was thinking way too much. I’d have a good practice and then a not-so-good one. I lacked consistency.This year, having a season of this offense under my belt, I feel much more confident. And I have been much more consistent.”
Training camp is almost a week old. Packers RB Eddie Lacy couldn't have looked any better. Last weekend, Lacy was catching point-blank passes from position coach Sam Gash along the sidelines during a break in practice. He dropped one. Other than that, you'd be hard-pressed to find another subpar moment for the Packers' bread-and-butter back.
Lacy finished as the #7 RB in his rookie season and did it in essentially 14 games. Removing Week 2 (where he was concussed and only carried the ball once), Lacy averaged 14.9 fantasy points, which is the 6th-best average, just behind Adrian Peterson. He is a great talent and plays in a potent offense that should be even better in 2014 with a (hopefully) healthy Aaron Rodgers under center.
It was back-to-back pass plays from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton down the seam to tight end Tyler Eifert during an 11-on-11 two-minute drill. The first connection came when Dalton lofted a pass over linebacker Emmanuel Lamur to Eifert, and the second came when Dalton threw over safety Reggie Nelson to Eifert. The duo also hooked up in a later 11-on-11 drill for a 33-yard touchdown pass down the seam against what appeared to be a busted coverage...
With Jermaine Gresham (back) on the PUP list, Eifert is getting extra reps in practice and seems to be making the most of them. He's a serious breakout candidate if he gets starter's snaps, though Gresham is expected to return to the fold before Week 1.
Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:55am
With the hearing officer assigned to the appeal of Browns receiver Josh Gordon’s suspension facing an all-or-nothing mandate, the player and the league have extra incentive to try to control the outcome via a negotiated compromise.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, a “slight chance” of a resolution exists. Any deal presumably would entail a suspension for Gordon that lasts less than a year.
If Gordon's sentence is reduced to eight games, he will hold middle round value on draft day. He has game-changing ability and owners who are confident in their ability to "get by" for the first nine weeks may be willing to use a valuable 6th-7th round pick on him.
Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:14am
Cardinals K Jay Feely’s job might be in jeopardy. It’s plain and simple. The way rookie Chandler Catanzaro has been kicking has to make Feely sweat a bit. Catanzaro missed his first kicks – albeit three of them in a row – of camp on Tuesday but he’s recovered since. The decision on which kicker to start won’t be made until Catanzaro and Danny Hrapmann have kicked in preseason games, but for now, it looks to me as if Catanzaro has a leg up on the other two.
Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:13am
All the hype about Cardinals WR John Brown is looking legitimate so far. He’s been fast off the line and quick once he catches the ball. It’s obvious his time in San Diego with Carson Palmer paid off as the two have a burgeoning connection. While Brown looked just as fast in pads as he did out of them, it will be hard to tell if he’s a true standout until he goes across the middle when a safety or linebacker is actually trying to take his head off. If he can take an NFL hit and bounce back and still be fast, then he might be a star in the making.
Ted Ginn is in the mix as well, so it will be interesting to see how quickly and how much Brown can get on the field.
Cardinals WR John Weinfuss: It’s very clear that quarterback Carson Palmer has picked up this offense and all its nuances, even if he’s telling us the same thing. I’ve seen Palmer often pull a running back or wide receiver aside after a play and start motioning with his hands where he should be lined up. He’s done it a couple times with new tight end John Carlson, who’s just learning the offense. Palmer's ability to teach more shows how far he's come, but Palmer's also getting help. His receivers know exactly where they’re supposed to line up, compared to last year, when both often looked confused.
Palmer was the #22 QB through eight weeks, but was #6 from Week 10 to Week 17, after the team’s Week 9 bye. He said he felt much more comfortable in Bruce Arians’ offense down the stretch and his numbers reflect that. His receiving corps is good with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who had a breakout season in his second year. Still, it’s hard to get too excited about Palmer as anything more than a committee type given the fact that one-quarter of his schedule consists of matchups against the Seahawks and 49ers. He’s a very cheap option and ideal for a QBBC.
Friday, August 1, 2014, 10:56am
The three coordinators met the media for the first time in camp, and the most interesting takeaway came from Marty Mornhinweg, who gushed about the progress of the receiving corps, particularly Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates. Hill? "Outstanding," Mornhinweg said. Gates? "Pretty impressive," he said. Pardon the skepticism, but don't we hear that every year?
Kerley is a good late-round pick in deep leagues for owners who want someone trustworthy at that point in the draft. He's not going to set the league on fire, but he'll play and be reasonably productive.