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Defenderdawg : 8/12/2019 8:26 am
Giants

Serby NYP: Phil Simms is an Eli Manning and Giants believer
https://nypost.com/2019/08/11/phil-simms-is-an-eli-manning-and-giants-believer/amp/#click=https://t.co/B6Ik59TQnP

Dunleavy NJ.com: How an 0-16 season with Browns forever changed 2 Giants acquired to restore winning ways
https://www.nj.com/giants/2019/08/how-0-16-season-with-browns-changed-2-giants-acquired-to-restore-winning-culture.html

Slater NJ.com: I hung out at practice with Giants fans and, boy, did I get an earful on Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Dave Gettleman, Odell Beckham, and more
https://www.nj.com/giants/2019/08/i-hung-out-at-practice-with-giants-fans-and-boy-did-i-get-an-earful-on-daniel-jones-eli-manning-dave-gettleman-odell-beckham-and-more.html

Schmeelk Giants.com: Practice Report: Eli's best practice of summer
https://www.giants.com/news/practice-report-eli-s-best-practice-of-summer

Salomone Giants.com: Manning, Barkley dominate Sunday at camp
https://www.giants.com/news/eli-manning-saquon-barkley-dominate-sunday-at-camp

Lombardo NJ.com: Giants QB practice report: Eli Manning stomps out talk of competition with strongest practice of training camp
https://www.nj.com/giants/2019/08/giants-qb-practice-report-eli-manning-stomps-out-talk-of-competition-with-strongest-practice-of-training-camp.html

Walker NYP: Our daily practice report from Giants training camp:
Giants corner DeAndre Baker headed for MRI on knee
https://nypost.com/2019/08/11/giants-corner-deandre-baker-headed-for-mri-on-knee/amp/

Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21)
8/11/19, 2:00 PM
Few notes from today's practice:
-Eli was on fire. Hit a few deep balls, including a perfect strike to Barkley and another to Latimer. Apparently Shurmur wanted to make up for the lack of work on Thursday since Eli attempted 23 passes in team periods. 15 had been his high in camp

-Daniel Jones looked more like a rookie than the QB god who destroyed the Jets. He threw a bad pick (Sean Chandler) into double coverage in the end zone. Also fumbled a hand-off exchange with Rod Smith.
-No team reps for Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta today (lack of bodies for 3s)

-Saquon had a big day as a receiver, catching the deep ball and a TD in the red zone on a seam route.
-Ryan Connelly stepped in for Alec Ogletree (calf) and had his hands full covering Saquon out of the backfield.
-Chad Slade worked as the first-team RT. Worth keeping an eye on.

-Corey Ballentine worked with the 1's in place of DeAndre Baker. Had a rough day against Cody Latimer, gave up a TD on a back-shoulder fade in the end zone and got beat deep.
-Darius Slayton slipped in for a rep or two in team periods. Another step forward in slow process.

QB

Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL)
8/11/19, 1:19 PM
Daniel Jones’ Giants debut was great, but the part that had me so excited was seeing Pat Shurmur already incorporating RPO and play-actions concepts w/quick slants tagged to them, which was his bread and butter at Duke.

Traina Forbes.com: A Look At What’s Next In Giants QB Daniel Jones’ Development
https://www.forbes.com/sites/patriciatraina/2019/08/12/a-look-at-whats-next-in-giants-qb-daniel-jones-development/amp/

WR

Traina Football Maven: Despite injuries, Giants receivers have looked solid so far
https://mavensports.io/nygiants/news/despite-injuries-giants-receivers-have-looked-solid-so-far-CCq1Ukb6E0qCSlKd0fPELw/

Walker NYP: Giants’ wide receiver chaos gives T.J. Jones another chance
https://nypost.com/2019/08/12/giants-wide-receiver-chaos-gives-t-j-jones-another-chance/

DE

Emory Hunt (@FBallGameplan)
8/11/19, 11:25 AM
For a guy who’s 6’3 284, rookie Freedom Akioladun is ridiculously athletic and carries his weight really well. I’ve been impressed with his play during

OLB

Eisen Giants.com: Carlock making case for spot on Giants' roster
https://www.giants.com/news/carlock-making-case-for-spot-on-giants-roster

Stapleton The Record: NY Giants: Jake Carlock's underdog story is hitting all the right notes
https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nfl/giants/2019/08/12/ny-giants-jake-carlocks-underdog-story-hitting-all-right-notes/1982378001/

Pflum BBV: Jake Carlock’s splash play might help him make the jump from D-II to the NFL
https://www.bigblueview.com/platform/amp/2019/8/11/20801178/2019-pre-season-ny-giants-jets-jake-carlock-interception-news#click=https://t.co/XBD32w6NUB

ILB

Traina Locked on Giants Podcast: What's up Giants fans? I taped a special Sunday edition of the LockedOn Giants podcast featuring an interview with ILB Tae Davis (Audio)
http://dcs.megaphone.fm/LKN5522449483.mp3?key=94c94283ddea1f666bad895a18e50345

CB

Eisen Giants.com: Ballentine takes 1st-team reps after Baker's injury
https://www.giants.com/news/cb-ballentine-takes-1st-team-reps-after-baker-s-injury

Dunleavy NJ.com: Giants CB DeAndre Baker leaves practice to get MRI on knee | What is his status?
https://www.nj.com/giants/2019/08/giants-cb-deandre-baker-leaves-practice-to-get-mri-on-knee-what-is-his-status.html?

Walker NYP: DeAndre Baker injury news gets worse for Giants
https://nypost.com/2019/08/12/deandre-baker-injury-news-gets-worse-for-giants/

Dan Schneier (@DanSchneierNFL)
8/11/19, 6:23 PM
Baker posted back to back 90+ coverage grades, per PFF, in the SEC conference and is a perfect fit for James Bettcher's system after playing in what is probably the closest college comparison at UGA. This would be a MASSIVE loss for the Giants if it turns out to be big

Stapleton The Record: Corey Ballentine: Rookie expectations raised at NY Giants camp with DeAndre Baker injured
https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nfl/giants/2019/08/11/corey-ballentine-expectations-up-ny-giants-camp-division-ii-cb-in-deandre-baker-absence/1971774001/

SS

Walker NYP: Jabrill Peppers reveals Giants’ ‘turnover trophy’ secret
https://nypost.com/2019/08/12/jabrill-peppers-reveals-giants-turnover-trophy-secret/amp/

NFL

King FMIA: Sense Has To Prevail in Antonio Brown’s Unsafe Helmet Gripe. Right?

“f. Sports Writing Lead of the Week: by Ben Shpigel of the New York Times, on Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones:
About a week after the Giants drafted him sixth overall, quarterback Daniel Jones and his two sisters went out for ice cream in Charlotte, N.C., their hometown. While scooping Jones’s cookie dough, the man behind the counter glanced at a television showing highlights of another prominent Duke athlete, the basketball star Zion Williamson. The man remarked that he hoped the Knicks would draft Williamson.
Intrigued, Jones asked whether the man rooted for other New York sports teams, too — like, say, the Giants.
“Don’t even get me started on this draft pick,” he said. “Daniel Jones at six? Are you kidding me?”
Without hesitating, Jones replied: “Yeah, man, that’s crazy. Can’t believe they did that.”
g. I don’t credit Shpigel just because it’s a funny story. Shpigel picked the perfect opening to his story about Jones because it says everything about him, and the situation. From all accounts, Jones is self-deprecating to a fault and, like Eli Manning, doesn’t let the slings and arrows pierce his mental armor. And everyone, even friendly ice-cream scoopers, thinks the Giants blew it drafting Jones so high. So the choice of that anecdote to top a story about Jones was the perfect choice by a smart writer.”

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/08/12/antonio-brown-helmet-raiders-training-camp-tour-fmia-peter-king/

Breer MMQB: Antonio Brown’s Helmet Drama Is Exactly What Jon Gruden and the Raiders Bargained For
No one, especially not in Oakland or Pittsburgh, should be surprised that the All-Pro wideout is acting weird—it’s been his M.O. for months, and a big contract only reinforced it. Gruden’s standing by his man—for now—and banking that talent sheer talent will make the gamble worth it. Plus, whip-around training camp coverage, takeaways from the first weekend of preseason games and more. Put your helmets on!
https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/08/12/antonio-brown-raiders-helmet-jon-gruden-mmqb

Mays The Ringer: The NFL’s Great Sean McVay Experiment and the Age of the Coaching Wunderkind
https://www.theringer.com/nfl-preview/2019/8/12/20801410/nfl-sean-mcvay-coaching-generation-matt-lafleur-kliff-kingsbury-zac-taylor

Kelly The Ringer: How the NFC West’s Three Wunderkinds (and One Anti-Wunderkind) Explain NFL Offenses in 2019
https://www.theringer.com/platform/amp/nfl-preview/2019/8/12/20801577/nfc-west-wunderkinds-sean-mcvay-kyle-shanahan-kliff-kingsbury-pete-carroll#click=https://t.co/55TSH0hESQ

Kelly The Draft Network: WINNERS AND LOSERS OF PRESEASON WEEK 1

“New York Defenses
Watching both the Giants and Jets play defense against each other was, in a word, painful. If it wasn’t for two Davis Webb interceptions, both offenses would have completely and totally dominated the game.
The Jets top three quarterbacks of Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk went a combined 26 for 32 with 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Meanwhile, the Giants quarterbacks combined for 29-37 for 374 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
Both passing defenses will need to improve moving forward if either team is going to make noise this season.”

https://thedraftnetwork.com/articles/winners-and-losers-of-preseason-week-1

Tuls The Draft Network: TULS' TAKES 6.0: PRESEASON WEEK 1 ROOKIE WINNERS

“COREY BALLENTINE, CB, NEW YORK GIANTS
I was a huge fan of Corey Ballentine in the 2019 NFL draft class, as I gave him a solid third-round grade because of his man coverage upside and physical style of play. He showed both in bunches against the New York Jets in the preseason opener. He made big plays all game, including this spectacular interception. The Giants cornerback depth chart is filled with a lot of young talent, but the door is wide open for a player like Ballentine to carve out a significant role for playing time.”

https://thedraftnetwork.com/articles/tuls--takes-6.0--preseason-week-1-rookie-standouts

ARIZONA
McManaman AZ Republic: Kyler Murray daily report: Arizona Cardinals unveil new red zone look, Murray excels
https://amp.azcentral.com/amp/1983688001#click=https://t.co/Km9Rzbzf3k

McManaman AZ Central: Competition thickens for Arizona Cardinals' receivers
https://amp.azcentral.com/amp/1982902001#click=https://t.co/LdcDY6FFAv

Odegard Cardinals.com: Cardinals Tight Ends Won’t Be Forgotten By Kliff Kingsbury
https://www.azcardinals.com/news/cardinals-tight-ends-won-t-be-forgotten-by-kliff-kingsbury

BALTIMORE
Shaffer Baltimore Sun: The Ravens’ new offense rebuilt everything — including the lesson plan
https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bs-sp-ravens-offense-playbook-20190812-nwm3vodbynehjfwy4qbsjw2xxy-story.html

Preston Baltimore Sun: Mike Preston’s observations on Ravens’ rookie receiver Marquise Brown
https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/analysis/preston/bs-sp-preston-ravens-brown-observations-20190812-bjdmrmd6lvdi3e2tt6sfn3xazi-story.html

CAROLINA
Marks Charlotte Observer: Two Panthers pass-rushers as superheroes? If Marquis Haynes can play loose, ‘I’m gone’
https://amp.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article233768287.html

CHICAGO
Wiederer Chicago Tribune: Matt Nagy fighting to pull the David Montgomery hype train back into the station: ‘It was just average. I mean, jeez.’
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/bears/ct-bears-david-montgomery-matt-nagy-20190810-c263gohke5dv7cm3phq6m6tfxi-story.html

CLEVELAND
Patsko Cleveland Plain Dealer: Inside the Browns QB room: Collaboration, sharp backups and a running joke
https://www.cleveland.com/browns/2019/08/inside-the-browns-qb-room-collaboration-sharp-backups-and-a-running-joke.html

Doershuck Akron Beacon Journal: Britton Colquitt steels for Browns punting battle with 'Scottish Hammer' Jamie Gillan
https://www.ohio.com/sports/20190811/britton-colquitt-steels-for-browns-punting-battle-with-scottish-hammer-jamie-gillan?

Doug Farrar (@NFL_DougFarrar)
8/11/19, 9:53 PM
I think when we look back at the 2019 NFL season, "How the $%^& did the Browns steal Greedy Williams and Mack Wilson in the draft?" will be a primary storyline

DALLAS
Todd Archer (@toddarcher)
8/11/19, 7:48 PM
Difficult news for two undrafted rookies on track to impact the 53-man roster: Linebacker Luke Gifford suffered a significant high ankle sprain vs. San Francisco. Offensive lineman Brandon Knight suffered a torn plantar fascia in practice last week

Engel Fort Worth Star Telegram: Is former first round pick Taco Charlton looking to leave the Dallas Cowboys?
https://amp.star-telegram.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/mac-engel/article233758182.html

DENVER
Klis 9News Denver: BRONCOS NOTES: PRACTICE REPS SAY DREW LOCK IS THE NEW NO. 2 QUARTERBACK
https://www.9news.com/article/news/broncos-notes-practice-reps-say-drew-lock-is-the-new-no-2-quarterback/73-080cdac3-f44d-479e-b46b-b745f1713343

Fredrickson Denver Post: Broncos’ running back Theo Riddick suffers shoulder injury at Seahawks; recovery expected to last into regular season
https://www.denverpost.com/2019/08/11/broncos-theo-riddick-injury/amp/#click=https://t.co/Qan8jnjE9F

DETROIT
Dave Birkett (@davebirkett)
8/11/19, 1:59 PM
Just an observation: Matt Patricia seems very in tune with giving his vets some rest this training camp. Rest days for Stafford and Marv Jones, keeping Damon Harrison on NFI this long. Long season, got to make it through all 16 of them

As a side note, I remember asking one vet years ago while he was riding a bike on the side of practice why he was out.
"Ten-year-itis," he said.
"Tendinitis?" I asked.
"No, 10-year-itis. When you've been in the league 10 years you need these days," he told me.

Stafford, by the way, will have basically 6 straight days off from throwing in camp. Walk-thru last Wednesday, didn't play Thursday, off day Friday, rest days Saturday and Sunday and Lions off again Monday. Wrote about this and my opinions on it yesterday

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Here's why the newest Detroit Lions quarterback has lasted 12 seasons
https://amp.freep.com/amp/1983407001

Monarrez Detroit Free Press: Why Detroit Lions' Chris Lacy is having a big month at wide receiver
https://amp.freep.com/amp/1983501001

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Unpopular opinion: Detroit Lions' left guard options played well vs. Pats
https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2019/08/11/detroit-lions-left-guard-kenny-wiggins-joe-dahl/1980947001/

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Lions observations: Matt Patricia works with talented yet unproven LB group
https://amp.freep.com/amp/1982717001

GREEN BAY
Wilde Wisconsin State Journal: With Oren Burks out, Packers linebacker Curtis Bolton vows not to waste his shot
https://madison.com/sports/football/professional/with-oren-burks-sidelined-packers-linebacker-curtis-bolton-vows-to/article_4a24dde9-0c59-557e-be93-fe0e37e75bd9.amp.html

Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein)
8/11/19, 6:24 PM
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst keeps working the bottom of his roster. Claimed CB Derrick Jones off waivers from the #Jets. It’s not a position of need. Lots of young possibilities. But with Kevin King and Kabion Ento out with hamstring injuries he’s got a spot open.

Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein)
8/11/19, 6:31 PM
Among the young corners who have showed promise beyond Tony Brown are Ka’Dar Hollman, Chandon Sullivan, Kabion Ento and Natrell Jamerson (slot/safety). And Josh Jackson hasn’t even taken a team snap yet. Now add Derrick Jones

HOUSTON
Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans OT Seantrel Henderson eyes a healthy 2019
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-OT-Seantrel-Henderson-eyes-a-healthy-2019-14296631.php

INDIANAPOLIS
Ayello Indianapolis Star: Insider: WR Zach Pascal's must take unorthodox path to spot on Colts 53-man roster
https://amp.indystar.com/amp/1935014001

JACKSONVILLE
Smits Florida Times Union: Jaguars safety C.J. Reavis took a winding road to the NFL
https://www.jacksonville.com/sports/20190811/jaguars-safety-cj-reavis-took-winding-road-to-nfl?

KANSAS CITY
Fedotin Forbes.com: Kyle Shurmur, Son Of New York Giants' Coach, Plays Extensively For Chiefs
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jefffedotin/2019/08/11/the-son-of-the-new-york-giants-head-coach-plays-extensively-for-the-chiefs/amp/

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Miller LA Times: Chargers’ prized rookie Jerry Tillery takes big step forward following surgery
https://www.latimes.com/sports/chargers/story/2019-08-11/chargers-camp-jerry-tillery

LOS ANGELES RAMS
Berry LA Times: Rams’ Dakota Allen making most out of second chance
https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/story/2019-08-11/rams-dakota-allen-making-the-most-out-of-his-second-chance

Klein LA Times: Taylor Rapp’s versatility and instincts shine through in Rams’ preseason opener
https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/story/2019-08-11/taylor-rapp-versatility-rams-raiders-sean-mcvay-nfl?

MIAMI
Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly)
8/11/19, 11:46 AM
I’m learning so much about the Patriots Way studying Brian Flores and his staff. That organization is really built on subtle little alterations. It’s a million little small things that add up to one big thing. Does that mean I believe in this culture bullsh!t? No! But I get it

Deen Sun Sentinel: Josh Rosen continues to trend upward in Dolphins’ QB competition, could see first-team reps in Tampa this week
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/fl-sp-dolphins-quarterback-josh-rosen-20190811-getakegjdjbhrddvzdingdtdca-story.html

Wilson Miami Herald: Dolphins rookie guards took lumps in the preseason-opener, but there are promising signs
https://amp.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/miami-dolphins/article233750592.html

MINNESOTA
Tomasson Twincities.com: Buried on depth chart, Vikings’ Laquon Treadwell no longer pays attention to media, calls it a ‘distraction’
https://www.twincities.com/2019/08/11/buried-on-depth-chart-vikings-laquon-treadwell-no-longer-pays-attention-to-media-calls-it-a-distraction/amp/#click=https://t.co/4aEfbuGUhk

Tomasson Twincities.com: Vikings acquire punter-kicker Kaare Vedvik from Ravens, cut Kevin McDermott
https://www.twincities.com/2019/08/11/vikings-acquire-punter-kicker-kaare-vedvik-from-ravens-cut-kevin-mcdermott/amp/

Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero)
8/11/19, 7:49 PM
More Vikings special teams changes: They informed veteran long snapper Kevin McDermott they’re releasing him, per source. McDermott held the job for 4 years and earned contract extension, but they’ll go with draft pick Austin Cutting. Starting over under new STC Marwan Maalouf

NEW ENGLAND
Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks)
8/11/19, 6:31 PM
Studying rookie passers in their debuts and its amazing how some OCs set up their young QBs for success and others didn’t.. & #8294;& #8234;Patriots& #8236;& #8297; plan with Stidham was superb w/a mix of playaction passes with simple 2-Man combos w/RB check-downs or isolation routes on the perimeter. Easy $

Volin Boston Globe: Where’s Josh Gordon? One man’s search for the would-be Patriots receiver
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2019/08/11/where-josh-gordon-unsuccessful-search-for-would-patriots-receiver/TOOhPbJRQZDRNimIzc2v1L/story.html

Duffy Boston Herald: Keenan Allen on Patriots’ Maurice Harris: He always gets it
https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/08/11/keenan-allen-on-patriots-maurice-harris-he-always-gets-it/

McBride Boston Globe: Patriots’ Ja’Whaun Bentley looks ready to contribute
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2019/08/11/patriots-whaun-bentley-looks-ready-contribute/d5Z1XlGeXMCAyndWzzM1GM/story.html

NEW ORLEANS
Teope Nola.com: Saints training camp observations (Aug. 11): Marcus Williams shines, Tre'Quan Smith's double move, and more
https://www.nola.com/sports/saints/article_3360abf6-bc77-11e9-9b50-73607a249603.amp.html

Teope Nola.com: Saints set to sign FB Shane Smith, source says; last played with Giants in 2018
https://www.nola.com/sports/saints/article_238b95b0-bc6d-11e9-a6b9-eb547ab9eb5a.html

Teope Nola.com: Meet Porter Gustin: There's a lot more to this Saints rookie than his ‘Larry Bird shorts’
https://www.nola.com/sports/saints/article_04668f46-bc86-11e9-a9bc-f7a39d28ae96.html

NEW YORK JETS
Willis NYP: Sam Darnold has plan to bring out greatness in Jets offense
https://nypost.com/2019/08/11/sam-darnold-has-plan-to-bring-out-greatness-in-jets-offense/amp/#click=https://t.co/9mqflvbHLf

Costello NYP: Jamison Crowder’s heartwarming bond with brother transcends words
https://nypost.com/2019/08/10/inside-jamison-crowders-heartwarming-bond-with-autistic-brother/

Costello NYP: Trumaine Johnson injury piles on Jets’ cornerback agony
https://nypost.com/2019/08/11/trumaine-johnson-injury-piles-on-jets-cornerback-agony/

OAKLAND
McDonald Daily Democrat: Raiders’ top story vs. Rams wasn’t on field, it was Matt Millen in booth
http://www.mercurynews.com/raiders-top-story-vs-rams-wasnt-on-field-it-was-matt-millen-in-booth

Bair NBC Bay Area: How Raiders' 2019 draft picks fared in their first NFL action vs. Rams
https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/raiders/how-raiders-2019-draft-picks-fared-their-first-nfl-action-vs-rams

Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL)
8/11/19, 5:34 PM
Raiders CB D.J. Killings tore a pectoral muscle in Saturday’s exhibition vs. Rams, source said. He’ll undergo surgery. Placed on IR today. Ex-Falcons CB Hamp Cheevers claimed in corresponding move. A fellow Boston College product for GM Mike Mayock

PHILADELPHIA
McLane Phil Inquirer: Eagles practice observations: Carson Wentz struggles; Josh Sweat takes on Jason Peters; Corey Clement progresses
https://www.inquirer.com/eagles/eagles-carson-wentz-practice-josh-sweat-corey-clement-20190811.html

Domowitch Phil Inquirer: Eagles injury updates: Ronald Darby returns, says playing in season opener is ‘the plan’
https://www.inquirer.com/eagles/ronald-darby-eagles-training-camp-injuries-rodney-mcleod-fletcher-cox-20190811.html

Kempski Phillyvoice: Eagles waive/injured WR Shelton Gibson
https://www.phillyvoice.com/eagles-waive-wr-shelton-gibson/amp/#click=https://t.co/29Mk3jM1Ih

Domowitch Phil Inquirer: New Eagles defensive end Eli Harold is hoping to soar in Jim Schwartz’s attacking scheme
https://www.inquirer.com/eagles/eli-harold-eagles-jim-schwartz-pass-rush-lions-bills-20190811.html

Kaye NJ.com: Here’s why Eagles coaches feel ‘fortunate’ to have Andrew Sendejo in the secondary
https://www.nj.com/eagles/2019/08/heres-why-eagles-coaches-feel-fortunate-to-have-andrew-sendejo-in-the-secondary.html

PITTSBURGH
Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1)
8/11/19, 12:03 PM
Darryl Drake was one of the nicest coaches I ever came into contact with in the NFL. We spoke at length Wednesday. We did a short interview and then talked about what we did over the summer and our families for another 20 minutes. He was so proud of his three daughters.

He talked about the sacrifices he had to make as a young coach -- the quality time he missed when his kids were growing up. He told me one story about Mack Brown mandating that he schedule a recruiting trip around his daughter's college basketball game.

He was so thankful for people like Brown, who made sure family did not take a backseat to football. I interviewed coaches and players from his days at Western Kentucky within the past hour. They all said the same thing -- he lived for his daughters.

Biggs Chicago Tribune: Not every coach is for every player but you would have a hard time finding guys that crossed paths with former Bears WR coach Darryl Drake that didn't really like him. Drake passed away early today at 62
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/bears/ct-darryl-drake-dead-bears-steelers-20190811-hdog5txrefanxf4rxeduhpzjji-story.html

SAN FRANCISCO
Chan NBC Bay Area: Kyle Shanahan not blown away by performance of 49ers' rookie receivers
https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/49ers/kyle-shanahan-not-blown-away-performance-49ers-rookie-receivers

Branch SF Chronicle: From hope to must-have? 49ers may need rookies Samuel, Hurd to assume big roles
https://www.sfchronicle.com/49ers/article/From-hope-to-must-have-49ers-may-need-rookies-14296072.php

Branch SF Chronicle: 49ers investigating backup plan with OT Coleman headed to IR
https://www.sfchronicle.com/49ers/article/49ers-seeking-backup-plan-with-OT-Coleman-headed-14296711.php

SEATTLE
Condotta Seattle Times: What we learned from Seahawks training camp Day 12: Nickel spot is even more up in the air than ever
https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/what-we-learned-from-seahawks-training-camp-day-12-nickel-spot-is-more-up-in-the-air-than-ever-and-some-rookie-receivers-still-waiting-their-turn/

Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle)
8/11/19, 3:33 PM
Asked new #Seahawks QB J.T. Barrett what he learned from Drew Brees in 2 years with Saints. Barrett smiled and said "How much time do you have?"

TAMPA BAY
Romano TB Times: A quarterback whisperer is great, but Jameis Winston needs a running game
https://www.tampabay.com/sports/bucs/2019/08/12/a-quarterback-whisperer-is-great-but-jameis-winston-needs-a-running-game/?

Encina TB Times: Bucs linebacker Noah Spence’s path to success a work in progress
https://www.tampabay.com/sports/bucs/2019/08/12/bucs-linebacker-noah-spences-path-to-success-a-work-in-progress/?

Lenzi Buffalo News: Former UB linebacker Demone Harris aims to make Tampa Bay Buccaneers' roster
https://buffalonews.com/2019/08/12/former-ub-linebacker-demone-harris-aims-to-make-tampa-bay-buccaneers-roster/

TENNESSEE
Bacharach The Tennessean: Observations from Titans training camp: A.J. Brown returns to practice, while Derrick Henry does some conditioning
https://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/nfl/titans/2019/08/11/titans-training-camp-observations-aj-brown-returns-derrick-henry-running/1919550001/

WASHINGTON
Washington Post: Final takeaways as Redskins wrap up training camp
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/08/11/final-takeaways-redskins-wrap-up-training-camp/

Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer)
8/11/19, 7:12 PM
At the Richmond Airport ... which I landed at 12 hours ago ... getting ready to roll. And here are your 5 takeaways from Redskins camp

1) The coaches love 3rd-round WR Terry McLaurin's speed, toughness and versatility. He's already playing multiple spots in Jay Gruden's offense, and I'd say is a lock for a role on offense in the fall -- in addition to his special teams work. He made a circus TD catch this AM.

2) Fifth-round pick Cole Holcomb has flashed at linebacker, and could be a surprise contributor on defense. Especially with the inside 'backer spots a little unsettled.

3) The left side of the line, obviously, remains a question mark. Right now, Geron Christian and Donald Penn are slugging it out at LT. The staff also likes rookie Wes Martin at LG, where Ereck Flowers is in the mix (I don't think they want Flowers at OT ... for obvious reasons).

4) Landon Collins might've been overpriced, but he's really impressed his coaches. A few weeks out from the season, the Redskins feel like they can play him at every level of the defense. So he should be a pretty interesting chess piece.

5) Jay Gruden told me he wants to make a QB decision after the 3rd preseason game -- at the latest -- to give the starter time to prep for Philly. Gruden said Dwayne Haskins is still chasing Colt McCoy and Case Keenum, but has time to catch them. More on that in tomorrow's MMQB.

Kurz AP: Redskins still trying to pare down receiving options
https://apnews.com/c0b502feabc64b88b5db705527165981?utm_medium=AP_NFL& utm_source=Twitter& utm_campaign=SocialFlow

Carpenter Washington Post: Healthy again, Robert Davis is forcing his way back into Redskins’ receiver discussion
https://beta.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/08/11/healthy-again-robert-davis-is-forcing-his-way-back-into-redskins-receiver-discussion/?outputType=amp#click=https://t.co/8GSmJcaFnr

Bullock The Athletic: Ereck Flowers showed some good flashes in his guard debut, but still has work to do
https://theathletic.com/1129016/2019/08/10/ereck-flowers-showed-some-good-flashes-in-his-guard-debut-but-still-has-work-to-do/

Colleges/Draft

Crabbs The Draft Network: A SIX-PACK OF 2019 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS
https://thedraftnetwork.com/articles/a-six-pack-of-2019-college-football-predictions

Bolch LA Times: Chip Kelly could turn up the tempo with UCLA’s stockpile of speedy players
https://www.latimes.com/sports/ucla/story/2019-08-11/jaylen-erwin-ucla-speed-positions-college-football-chip-kelly

QB
Lev AZ Republic: Khalil Tate 'comfortable,' 'healthy' as Arizona readies for 2019 season
https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/college/ua/2019/08/11/khalil-tate-comfortable-healthy-arizona-readies-2019-season/1983969001/

RB
Vorel Seattle Times:
https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/uw-husky-football/can-uw-huskies-junior-salvon-ahmed-be-a-lead-back-and-does-it-really-matter/?

WR
Gardner AZ Republic: Brandon Aiyuk leads ASU football's deep, talented crop of wide receivers
https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/college/asu/2019/08/10/asu-football-brandon-aiyuk-leads-group-wrs-replacing-nkeal-harry/1972413001/

History

Stapleton The Record: NY Giants: Who are the Top 100 players in the franchise's 94-year history?
https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nfl/giants/2019/08/12/ny-giants-top-100-players-team-history-new-york-giants/1898062001/

Giants Birthdays 8-12

Plaxico Burress WR FA-PIT 2005 NYG 2005-2008 8-12-1977

Tom Neville RT W-DEN 1979 NYG 1979 8-12-1943

Justin Pugh RT/LG D1-Syracuse 2013 NYG 2013-2017 8-12-1990

Walter Thurmond CB FA-SEA 2014 NYG 2014 8-12-1987

Regan Upshaw DE W-WAS 2004 NYG 2004 8-12-1975
...  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/12/2019 8:37 am : link
Terribly misleading headline by the NYP on Baker.
True - Part 2  
Defenderdawg : 8/12/2019 8:39 am : link
Giants


Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
8/11/19, 2:07 PM
Your Daily Jonesing: Rough afternoon off a perfect preseason performance. Jones went 7-of-13 passing with an INT (see above), fumble, had two throws that resulted in DPI. Even he’s not immune to ups + downs of rookie QB

Eli Manning on Sunday on fire

Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
8/11/19, 2:12 PM
Practice nuggets:
— Manning threw a TON. Went 18-of-23 and hit several passes downfield, including one to Saquon Barkley (see next tweet). Eli completed first 10 passes. Best day of his summer.

— Came on a day all about 1st/2nd team. Alex Tanney + Kyle Lauletta ZERO team snaps

Sunday was the Saquon Barkley show. Giants LBs + safeties couldn’t cover him. Caught four passes. Looked shifty and smooth. Going to be a beast in run + pass game this year. 400 touches


Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
8/11/19, 2:25 PM
Other notables:

Rookie CB Corey Ballentine working w/starting D. CBs DeAndre Baker (knee) and Sam Beal (hamstring) didn’t practice.

Safety Sean Chandler with the INT of Daniel Jones. He continues to shine. Coaches have noticed.

Good day for punter Ryan Anderson

NFL

Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball)
8/11/19, 10:07 PM
Over the last 3 years, 28 of 32 teams have a higher success rate throwing to TEs than WRs (odd cases: ATL, NO, GB, ARI).

Yet teams still target WRs 60% of att & TEs only 20%.

They are a matchup nightmare.

Soon, more teams will look to target TEs more than 1 out of every 5 att.

CLEVELAND
Labbe Cleveland Plain Dealer: How Browns GM John Dorsey and Colts GM Chris Ballard built their friendship and became like brothers
https://expo.cleveland.com/sports/g66l-2019/08/d657ee1fd52275/how-browns-gm-john-dorsey-and-colts-gm-chris-ballard-built-their-friendship-and-became-like-brothers.html

GREEN BAY
Wood Mil JS: J'Mon Moore determined to build off 'best practice,' get off wide receiver bubble
https://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2019/08/12/jmon-moore-determined-build-off-best-practice-get-off-wide-receiver-bubblejmon-moore-determined-buil/1963975001/

INDIANAPOLIS
Zak Keefer (@zkeefer)
8/12/19, 8:25 AM
Colts believe if Kenny Moore keeps improving, he’ll become the best slot corner in the game

JACKSONVILLE
DiRocco ESPN Jacksonville: Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said LT Cam Robinson will come off PUP today. That comes two days after Marrone said he wasn't sure if Robinson would be ready for the season. Marrone said medical staff told him today they were going to take him off and put him through individual drills. Marrone said he can't answer why that changed so drastically. "This morning I was told something different," he said. "Now I'm happy."

Marrone on Robinson turn of events compared it to finding $20 on street when nobody is around. “You take it, put it in your pocket and move on. Hey, I’m happy.”

NEW ENGLAND
Ben Volin (@BenVolin)
8/12/19, 8:22 AM
Tom Brady said on ⁦‪GregHill WEEI‬⁩ this morning that he’s still trying out a few new helmet models for this year. “I don’t really love the one I’m in, but I don’t really have a choice.” Everyone seems to understand this except Antonio Brown

OAKLAND
McCann MMQB: Examining Antonio Brown's Legal Options Against NFL Over Helmet Dispute
https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/08/11/antonio-brown-raiders-wideout-helmet-grievance-legal-dispute

Colleges/Draft

Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL)
8/11/19, 6:24 PM
Best/Worst 2020 position groups (based on summer evaluations):

• Strengths – QB, RB, CB, WR, D-Line, C, and OT

• Weaknesses – LB, TE, S, and G







Dawg  
superspynyg : 8/12/2019 10:53 am : link
I started a thread on the Taco Carlton article. I found on your thread. I gave credit to you for posting it first.
How does Warren Sharp define success rate WRs vs TE.  
Zeke's Alibi : 8/12/2019 10:57 am : link
I'd imagine tight ends look real good stats wise as they are often safety valves, working short areas, and are targets in the red zone. This is the type of "analytics" I scoff at. Tough to base your offense around tight ends without the talent and even though high usage tight ends are always hurt. Toughest position to play in NFL.
Freedom has size athleticism  
idiotsavant : 8/12/2019 1:36 pm : link
To be a blocking TE "+" and maybe as a Longshot to play at DE lb it's worth a try.
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