There’s a different wrestling vibe to Nashville this week, and it spilled over to the Tennessee Titans’ training camp on Thursday.
WWE is hosting Summer Slam on Saturday, and on Sunday, pro wrestling legend Rick “The Nature Boy” Flair will perform in the ring for the last time at an independent show. According to ESPN Titans reporter Turon Davenport, prior to that milestone event, 73-year-old Flair took the time to stop Titans practice and speak to players at the invitation of coach Mike Wrabel. After practice, Flair took to the field as the team played his theme music and shared who his favorite NFL player was, and said that Verabel could have pursued a career in wrestling.
The first week of the 2022 NFL training camp schedule has been part of the news, including Thursday word that Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen was kicked off the field with a left knee injury. Meanwhile, Carlos Dunlop II is about to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, and after Ben Roethlisberger’s refutation of Cameron Hayward’s claim that today’s players are more “I am first,” the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback made some references in his statement. Tried to add.
Here’s what you need to know from camps across the league:
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new England Patriots: Veteran WR DeVante Parker had one of the plays of the day, catching a back-shoulder TD pass from Mack Jones near the left pylon of the end zone as CB Jalen Mills had tight coverage. In fairness to Mills, he wore mittens on his hands as part of a technique coach to help avoid grabbing the CB, and these are padded practices, so there is no contact. But Parker has made an opening statement nonetheless. , Mike Rees
Jacksonville Jaguars: Cornerback Shaquille Griffin didn’t intercept in his first season with the Jaguars in 2021, but he left out four potential picks, which is why he preferred to work on his hands. Looks like training camp paid off early. Griffin made a diving, one-handed catch to secure a tipped pass in the end zone during red zone work on Thursday. Trevor Lawrence tried to zip a pass to tease Evan Engram, but linebacker Shaq Quarterman deflected it and Griffin caught it. Griffin, who signed a three-year contract worth $40 million in March 2021, said in the spring that he was trying to catch 75-100 balls per day. , mike diroco
Washington Commander: The commanders’ offense did not look sharp on Thursday, especially in the passing game. Too much pressure by defense; Lots of hands and lots of wrong throws in the passing lanes. But late in practice quarterback Carson Wentz showed his hand on a deep ball to rookie receiver Jahan Dotson, hitting him in a stride on tight coverage by a nearly 40-yard throw versus corner Benjamin Saint-Juste. The play also highlighted Dotson’s strength as he maintained leverage and made an over-the-shoulder catch. Dotson has been impressive since spring. — John Keemo
Los Angeles Chargers: Chargers star safety Darwin James Jr missed practice for the second day in a row as talks on a contract extension continue. However, James is participating in the walk-through parts of the exercise. Edge rusher Joy Bossa went through the contracting process two years ago and said he had spoken with James about the situation. “He, I think, is doing the right thing,” Bossa said of James’ two-time Pro Bowl selection. “He clearly deserves whatever he’s going to get,” Bossa said. “He puts in 100 percent every single day … the fact that he’s here, coaching people, completely involved, 100 percent off every day, it’s obviously a lot for all of us. It matters.” James is about to earn $9 million in the final season of his rookie deal. , Lindsay Thierry
Atlanta Falcons: It’s only been two days, but quarterback Marcus Mariota is looking good. Based on unofficial counts, Mariota has completed all 24 passes he’s thrown at camp so far—though to be fair, a lot of them are short passes, and he was bailed out a few times by good plays from his tight ends on Thursday. Found, with one hand, including Anthony Firkser, a diving catch. Rookie QB Desmond Ridder has also looked like he is getting control over the offense – notably a deep throw to Drake London on Thursday – but he has held the ball too long in several instances. The Falcons have essentially indicated that they are making their No. 1 debut with Mariota, but it’s going to be an interesting competition to watch. , Michael Rothstein
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Books starting center Ryan Jensen out with knee injury
Ryan Jensen was ruled out of the field on Thursday with a left knee injury during training camp practice.
Bucs coach Todd Bowles said Jensen would have an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. General Manager Jason Licht said the team may not have a diagnosis for a few days because of the inflammation.
The injury occurred during a team period and resulted in the entire team gathering around Jensen, who has been a fixture on the Bucs’ offensive line for five seasons. The mood immediately turned gloomy.
Kansas City chiefs signing Carlos Dunlap, agent says
Veteran defensive end Carlos Dunlap is signing a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs worth up to $8 million, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schaffter on Thursday.
The Chiefs finished 29th in the league and sacks last season and lost one of their top pass rushers to veteran Melvin Ingram, who moved to free agency for the Miami Dolphins.
Big Ben clarifies on ‘me-first’ comment
After attributing a lack of playoff success to the increase in “me-first” players, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger withdrew his comments Thursday in an interview with a local radio station.
“I probably should have been more detailed, more specific,” Roethlisberger told 102.5 DVE. “It’s not like most people are that way.”
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