Training camps are already underway across the NFL as the league ramps up for the upcoming 2022 season.
While the injury to Tampa Bay was a big blow to Tom Brady, one star wide receiver got a big payday.
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Buccaneers will suffer a great loss
The Buccaneers may be in danger of losing one of Tom Brady’s top defenders.
Tampa Bay center Ryan Jensen has been ruled out after suffering a knee injury in training camp on Thursday, head coach Todd Bowles and GM Jason Leach said.
Jensen is taken to the training room and will undergo tests to determine the severity of the injury. Because of the swelling, Licht said, it could take up to several days before a diagnosis is made.
According to ESPN Bucs reporter Jenna Laine, the incident changed the entire mood of practice, with Jensen’s teammates huddled around him as he came to grab a golf cart.
Jensen didn’t like being kicked off the field and reportedly struggled to walk under his own power. He threw his helmet when the injury occurred and his teammates took a knee.
Robert Hennessy — a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft — replaced Jensen at center after the injury.
Jensen re-signed with the Buccaneers this offseason for $39 million. The 31-year-old has played every offensive snap for Tampa Bay since joining the team in 2018, following four seasons with the Ravens.
– New York Post
The star Seahawks wideout earned his salary
DK Metcalf is joining Terry McLaurin and AJ Brown as the next 2019 wide receivers to get paid.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the wide receiver and the Seahawks have reached a three-year, $72 million extension.
The deal includes $58.2 million guaranteed and a $30 million signing bonus. Metcalf will not become a free agent until he is 27 years old.
Metcalf has been an offensive monster since being drafted No. 64 in 2019. At 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, he amassed 29 touchdowns and 3,170 yards in three seasons.
The numbers may suffer this season without Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson, but his extension is a good sign of the Seahawks’ hopes for a quick and efficient rebuild.
The 24-year-old’s contract beats Terry McClary’s three-year, $71 million deal with the Washington Chiefs, but doesn’t come close to AJ Brown’s four-year, $100 million deal with the Eagles. Deebo Samuel is the last of the popular 2019 rookie receivers currently awaiting an extension.
– New York Post
Giants plan to lift 106 kg beast
In the year Who will lead the Giants in receptions in 2022?
He certainly won’t be a tight end, and he probably won’t be a wide receiver.
Saquon Barkley may be running back. Nothing that happened in the first two days of training camp dispelled that thought.
“When you develop in a system, you know what these guys are good at, and you push them to do more,” new head coach Brian Daboll said. “And if it doesn’t look good, you see that you want to keep pursuing it. And if you want to keep up with it, you have to upgrade them. If not, leave it and do something else.
These are boom days for Dabol with the offense; But you can be sure that he won’t decide to “just throw it away” after fully evaluating what he has and what he doesn’t have. Throwing the ball to Barkley.
The outlook for No. 26 so far this summer — moving here and there, running routes out of the backfield, running routes when split wide, running routes that require combinations of formations and true wide receiver skill sets — has expanded, and there are times when Barkley seems to need to check how much he gets the ball in his hands.
“You saw him,” Daboll said, “I mean, you saw him leave Penn State.” You can see him running here. He is a talented player. So our job is to find ways to use him, whether it’s last year or the year before, two years in college.”
Barkley smiles as Dabball’s creative boss finds ways to exploit him. “I’m 25 years old now and I’m one of the older guys in the building,” he said after Wednesday’s practice. Yes, it can go fast.
“Yeah, it’s flying, isn’t it?’ i’ve got.
Former Giants front office Barkley picked up a fifth-year option this offseason for $7.2 million, and the new regime sees no reason to open talks about an extension. This has undoubtedly been a season of validation for Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft after an NFL Rookie of the Year run that has fallen on hard times, injuries — most notably a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Week 2 of 2020 — fueled by a tank-like body. It creates vulnerability in the body.
“I’ve had a lot of ups and downs, I’ve had to use that to my advantage,” Barkley said. “I can use this to guide me, especially with some of the problems I’ve had in the last couple of years. That helps me not only as an athlete, but as a person, as a man, as a brother and as a teammate.”
Getting the ball in his hands helps. He’s coming off an offseason to revitalize his body rather than recover from injury, and the pep in his step is readily apparent. He’s catching balls from anywhere on the field and there’s no doubt that Daboll has the wrinkles he hasn’t shown yet.
This offense should allow Barkley to be the best he can be.
“I think this offense gave me an opportunity to do that,” he said, “and thankfully, I’m glad I got that.”
“He’s had to deal with the adversity that’s come my way over the last two years, the injuries that have come my way,” Barkley said. God has a great plan and everything will work out. Year 5 For me, I want to show that the person who designed it is still here.”
Will that be enough to keep Barkley in blue and on the roster through 2023? He needs a new contract, and whether or not the Giants give it to him will be an ongoing saga all season long.
“Obviously, that stuff is up in the air,” Barkley said.
“My thing, if I take care of the little things and God blesses me and nothing crazy happens, I think the rest will take care of itself. I know where I’m at mentally, I know where I’m at physically, I know what I can do. I just had to focus on taking care of my mind, my mind, and being the best teammate I can be every day.” I try to be, and when the time comes, it will pay off.”
– New York Post
‘Get out of here’: Baker shouted at a fan with a brown jersey
Baker Mayfield seems to want to put his tenure with the Browns behind him.
On Wednesday, the newly-minted Panthers quarterback took the field for his first training camp practice against Carolina, who was traded earlier this month. As Mayfield walked out, however, a fan tried to record his memories of his time in Cleveland by holding up his Browns jersey.
The sign didn’t go unnoticed by Mayfield, who then said, “Take that jersey off here.
Despite his unexpected Browns arrival, Mayfield appeared to be welcomed by Panthers fans as he walked out of the locker room alongside his new teammate, Sam Darnold.
Both signal callers selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft are currently competing for the starting job. It remains to be seen who will win that battle, but the fan support appears to be one-sided as many fans will be heard chanting Mayfield’s name on Wednesday.
Darnold, who landed with the Panthers last year after being traded to the Jets, later said he “heard a couple.”
Mayfield appeared to be shaking off some rust in his first practice since undergoing surgery on his dislocated shoulder in January. The 27-year-old missed two consecutive throws in seven-on-seven drills, overthrew wide receiver Brandon Zilstra on a drive and later outdistanced tight end Terras Marshall Jr. Moments later, the fifth-year quarterback was intercepted by cornerback Keith Taylor as he tried to force the ball downfield.
“I’m not happy with the accuracy-wise of some of the throws. I got a little greedy on one,” Mayfield said following practice. “I have to take care of the ball. There were some good ones, but not enough.”
Mayfield’s biggest competition, Darnold had a strong day with the rookies, connecting for two touchdowns in red-zone drills and almost had another, but fell to tight end Ian Thomas.
Panthers coach Matt Rhule insists the quarterback will share first-team reps in training camp. But for now, the competition between Mayfield and Darnold, 25, is heating up.
“I don’t have a timetable on it,” Rule said of his decision for a starting role. “I don’t see it happening anytime soon.”
– New York Post