The Tuesday 2021 NFL training camp practices were highlighted by several teams practicing in pads for the first time and quarterback news.
Cam Newton had a big day for the New England Patriots as he works to cement his role as the season starter, Jacksonville Jaguar rookie Trevor Lawrence recovered from a tough Monday outing with a tough day and Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is doing Click with 2020 first-round draft pick and wide receiver Henry Ruggs III.
Elsewhere, New York Giants starter Daniel Jones was at the end of the stack during a practice brawl, Deshaun Watson was not training for the Houston Texans for an unknown reason, and Dallas Cowboys starter Dak Prescott might throw again next week while working his way through a latissimus strain in his right shoulder.
Here’s what you need to know and see from camps across the league:
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Giants trainer Joe Judge is furious after training brawl
The Giants’ first day of padded practice ended abruptly on Tuesday when coach Joe Judge angrily addressed and punished his players for a team-wide brawl, which included starting quarterback Daniel Jones at the bottom of the stack. After the scuffle, you could hear Richter deliver a rant against his team full of swear words. After ordering players to run 100-yard wind sprints and do multiple rounds of pushups, Judge gave his fiery address before finishing practice.
Colts lose OL Quenton Nelson to foot injury
The all-pro guard will be out for five to twelve weeks with the same foot injury as quarterback Carson Wentz, said coach Frank Reich. Nelson sustained the injury to his right foot during training on Monday. Nelson watched the training session with a boot on his right foot on Tuesday.
What our NFL Nation reporters saw today
Cam Newton had one of his most productive days at training camp when the Patriots first wore full pads. The starting QB completed 11 of 17 in competitive 7v7 and 11v11 drills, with one of his best throws a 50 yard TD at receiver Nelson Agholor. He also performed the read option which ultimately set up a TD throw against Hunter Henry as the defense had to respect the run as Newton rolled to his right. – Mike Reiss
Trevor Lawrence recovered well from a shaky start on Monday by completing 18 of 27 passes in 7v7 and 11v11 drills. Lawrence threw his third Interception of Camp – linebacker Joe Schobert grabbed it in the middle of the field – but also tore Marvin Jones Jr. a nice throw in the seam. Lawrence also turned four first downs into five chances in the 11-on-11 third-down workout.
“Here we want him to make these mistakes,” said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. “We want him to learn. We want him to grow. We will try to put him in the most difficult situations and then be able to see how he reacts in the moment and how he can recover.” The next day too. I like what he did [on Tuesday]. We still had another turnover today, but we will continue to work on that. ” – Michael DiRocco
The level of trust between Derek Carr and recipient Henry Ruggs III grows. Twice in 11v11 drills, in which the team wore helmets and shoulder pads for the first time at camp, Carr found Ruggs on deep balls for touchdowns. First, the fast Ruggs beat cornerback Nate Hobbs and secured Dallin Leavitt on the left pylon, which was a “Way to Run, Baby!” by Carr. Ruggs later hit cornerback Trayvon Mullen and secured Johnathan Abram on the same pylon.
“The great thing about Henry is that he’s out here, he trains and knows the offense,” said Raiders coach Jon Gruden of Ruggs, the # 12 NFL draft 2020 and the first selected recipient. “He anticipates what will be called now instead of reacting to it when he queues.” – Paul Gutierrez
The defense of the saints had their first decisive “victory” of the camp on the first day pads arrived. Quarterbacks Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston were more off the mark than in the days before, and rookie QB Ian Book threw linebacker Zack Baun the first interception in team drills. Seasoned cornerback Marshon Lattimore continued his dominant performance in the camp. Rookie defensive end Payton Turner, rookie cornerback Paulson Adebo and sophomore linebacker Andrew Dowell were among others who performed excellently. – Mike Triplet
Lions began practicing with pads for the first time, which first grader Dan Campbell had like a kid in a candy store. He opened the day with a fun story from his rookie season about his first day in Pads that ended in a brawl. While hoping this wouldn’t happen in Detroit, he encouraged that intensity. I want them to get to the point where there is almost an all-out brawl, “Campbell said. Rookies Amon-Ra St. Brown and Ifeatu Melifonwu got into a scuffle that had to be separated from teammates after a drill and St. Brown said he enjoyed the physical interaction. – Eric Woodyard
The Chiefs have struggled in recent years to find linebackers capable of both running and passing situations, but Willie Gay and Nick Bolton have encouraged them so far at training camp in that regard. Gay, a second-round draft pick last year, broke a number of passes and Bolton, a second-round pick this year, intercepted Patrick Mahomes for the second straight time on Tuesday as the Chiefs were practicing in pads for the first time.
“They do plays,” said coach Andy Reid. “I was excited to see how they’d deal with pads when the running game came their way, and they did a good job. Good instincts. I like what I saw.” – Adam Teicher
Defensive Calais Campbell certainly showed his strength in the first full training session of the training camp. Campbell got into the backcourt by applying pressure inside and around the edge and hit a makeshift offensive line that played without three starters. He would have had a handful of sacks if it had been allowed to attack.
“He flashes a lot,” said coach John Harbaugh after training. “He’s a big, powerful guy.” Campbell ends a season he only had four sacks, the fewest since his 2008 rookie season. – Jamison Hensley
No pads on Tuesday for the Chargers who jumped guns yesterday and had them on. Not wearing them today is a kind of punishment. But they should have it tomorrow. On the frontline of the bad news, receiver Jalen Guyton spent most of the time in the coaches tent, battling Bryan Bulaga during the final field sequence. No word yet from the team on the injury or availability of a player. – Shelley Smith
First day in pads – first big highlight from first-round pick Kyle Pitts. As part of an overall productive day so far, Pitts had the catch of training camp when he saw a tilted pass in the end zone float in the air and then focused so much that it was draped over it with the defenders. It was the grueling, showy athletic game that Pitts often did in Florida and that translates well into the NFL. He will be a big part of the Falcons’ success (or failure) in 2021. – Michael Rothstein
After JT Ibe’s illegal hit that resulted in rookie Safety being fired from the team and recipient Keith Kirkwood hospitalized (he was discharged with a concussion), the Panthers continued to practice after a long period of eerie silence.
Right Tackle Taylor Moton got some snaps on the left tackle during her first training in pads. It’s no surprise, but it will be if this continues in a week or two. Coach Matt Rhule is satisfied with the game of left tackle Cam Erving, who is clearly the starter for the time being. But Rhule still gives Moton reps on the left. Some of it is having Moton ready in case Erving is injured. This is partly because the Panthers are clearly not going to be sold and Erving will be the player protecting the blind side of Sam Darnold, which is a priority.
“A lot depends on what he looks like,” said Rhule of Moton on the left. “If he looks good we’ll give him more reps.” Stay tuned. – David Newton
The best NFL videos
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Dolphins linebackers Benardrick McKinney and Jerome Baker work in pads on the first day. pic.twitter.com/o3a8eswFs0
– David Furones (@DavidFurones_) August 3, 2021
Ben Cleveland is a certified MONSTER.
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Films from the first padded workout 📸
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– New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 3, 2021
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The best of the rest of the league
Biggest roar of the day: WR N’Keal Harry makes an athletic catch in the end zone with a downfield throw in a 1-on-1 workout. When the pads show up as they are today, Harry’s physical strength and presence has the best chance of coming to the fore.
– Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 3, 2021
Mario Addison kept it simple in his assessment of AJ Epenesa:
“AJ is ready.”
– Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) August 3, 2021