Bengals QB Joe Burrow has been struggling to connect with receivers so far in camp, according to Jay Morrison and Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. "Throws that felt like layups last year are dropping harmlessly away from receivers or easily broken up by multiple defenders. There might be a multitude of reasons for the struggles, but this has been ugly.
Burrow also appeared to lift his left leg - the one that he had ACL and MCL surgery on - to keep it from getting hit during one play.
Morrison and Dehner speculate that Burrow may be thinking about getting hit, which is natural coming off major surgery but also a concern that could plague the second-year quarterback as he tries to get ready for the season.
Offensive continuity is more likely to improve as camp progresses, but Burrow's potential concerns with his left leg is a must-watch in the coming weeks.
Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times has pinpointed RB Damien Williams as the under-the-radar player that has been the most impressive after one week of training camp. "After a year off, he doesn’t seem to have lost a step," writes Finley. "With Cohen still out, Williams has seized his opportunity to be a mismatch nightmare in the pass game."
The Bears are still without RB Tarik Cohen as he recovers from ACL surgery, so the addition of Williams has kept the Bears running back room with an experienced back-up, especially in the passing game. Williams has experience in the Matt Nagy offense with it being similar to the offense Andy Reid runs in Kansas City. As long as Williams remains healthy, he has late-round value in PPR formats and has major upside if David Montgomery were to get hurt.
The story said the Bills threw the ball 63-percent of the time in early-down, neutral game-script situations a year ago. They’re going to throw the football a lot. So the most useful running back on this team might be the one who can consistently make big plays in the passing game. Moss has made a few of those plays, and so has Breida. Running backs can be tough to judge at this stage in camp, but Breida should get a chance to show what he can do in the preseason, the story went on to say.