On the first Monday of the 2021 NFL training camp, the Indianapolis Colts received bad news of a foot injury to quarterback Carson Wentz, who will be absent a month to three months after surgery.
Meanwhile, another quarterback, the top pick in the draft, got a big dose of NFL reality as the defense was given more freedom.
In the rest of the league, the news was less dire as many teams held open practice sessions for fans, including in Green Bay, Houston, New York and Pittsburgh.
But it would be hard to beat the Watch Party in Tampa as the Bucs players all gathered to watch cornerback Ross Cockrell’s sister Anna make it to the 400m hurdles Olympic final.
The news should be brisk on Tuesday as several teams are scheduled for their first padded workouts.
Here’s what you need to know from the league’s camps:
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What our NFL Nation reporters saw today
Tough start for rookie Trevor Lawrence on the first day, the Jaguars defense was allowed to report in the press and go after throws. Lawrence went 1 for 6 with two interceptions and had a pass on the line of scrimmage in the first 11v11 session. There seemed to be a misunderstanding at one of the interceptions, as Lawrence threw deep and there was no receiver close to the ball. He recovered in 7v7 and another 11v11 session, finishing 12 out of 14. “As a soccer player, you won’t always have your best day.” said running back Travis Etienne Jr., Lawrence’s teammate at Clemson. “That’s why we come here and work every day. It’s better to have those days now than to have them later in the season.” – Michael DiRocco
Rookie cornerback Jaycee Horn continued to show why he was the eighth overall winner. He had two interceptions, which gave him three in the last two drills. Horn is also, as coach Matt Rhule noted, “way too much to grab and hold”. missed tasks. Starting quarterback Sam Darnold had two picks. Top receiver DJ Moore had a fumble. A handful of linemen had to run rounds after false starts, including two in consecutive games. – David Newton
First-round pick Caleb Farley made his training debut. He looked quickly and out of his resignation. Farley spent a lot of time with veteran CB Jackrabbit Jenkins while training the special teams. They worked on defending the catch point, disrupting WR releases, and more. During the team periods he stood next to DB trainer Anthony Midget. Mike Vrabel joked that Farley wrote two rap songs that he and the players liked. Vrabel says his development is going well. – Turron Davenport
Patriots rookie skits took place and Mac Jones’ imitation of Cam Newton had some veterans down. Jones used a suitcase as a prop and arrived disguised as a cam. “This is my fifth year in the league; this is probably the best rookie impersonation I’ve seen,” said LB Raekwon McMillan. – Mike Reiss
Coordinator Eric Bieniemy was not happy with the offensive execution during training on Monday, the first after a day off at training camp. Patrick Mahomes, who threw only one interception in the first four days at camp, threw three on Monday, all from linebackers. “Sometimes you have good days, sometimes the guys on the other side have good days,” said Bieniemy. “We didn’t have a very good day. … We train it on tape and just clean it up. ” – Adam Teicher
Since DeVonta Smith paused for several weeks with a knee sprain, there is an opportunity for recipients who are on the depth table below to profile themselves. Second year Quez Watkins took advantage of Monday by taking a long touchdown pass from Jalen Hurts, demonstrating that 4.35-second speed of 40 yards. Later in the session he added another TD. Watkins, a six-round pick from Southern Miss, has a chance not only to get on the team but also to work his way into the rotation if he continues like this. – Tim McManus
Defensive end Carl Lawson continued his hot training camp and created considerable pressure from the edge. The entire line of defense won the day, with John Franklin-Myers and Ronnie Blair recording “Sacks” against rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. The Jets believe their line of defense could be a force once Quinnen Williams returns from his broken foot in a couple of weeks. “I expect it will be pretty darn good,” said defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, a former Saints first-round pick. – Rich Cimini
It is far too early to exaggerate Jameis Winston’s performance at camp. But he had his most impressive training session to date on Monday, a day when there were a lot more passing games in full-team practice than in the previous three practice sessions. The highlight was a deep close for WR Marquez Callaway, who made a great overtime to snap the ball with his fingertips. But Winston was also good at a variety of throws, including two strikes against RB Alvin Kamara in team practice and 7-on-7 work. – Mike Triplet
Top NFL news of the day
Colts’ Wentz will have an operation in 5-12 weeks
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz will have an operation on his injured foot on Monday and will be off for about 5 to 12 weeks, coach Frank Reich said. Reich said it was an old injury, possibly from high school, and that a broken bone had loosened in Wentz’s foot. Wentz felt a “twitch in his foot” as he rolled over and planted to throw late in training last Thursday, offensive coordinator Marcus Brady said Friday. Reich said Jacob Eason will continue to get the first few reps in training while Wentz is on pause.
Sources: Eagles WR Smith will miss 2-3 weeks
Eagles rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith is expected to be out for two to three weeks with a sprained MCL, sources Adam Schefter of ESPN said on Monday. Smith underwent an MRI on Sunday that revealed the knee injury. The Eagles do not express much concern about Smith, who is featured in the team’s injury report from week to week and who is making his absence from practice a precautionary measure.
Bucs CB combines the sister’s games with the 3-INT day
Shortly before training on Monday morning, the Buccaneers gathered in a large auditorium under a huge screen to watch the third semifinal over 400 meter hurdles. In the rain-soaked heat, Anna Cockrell overtook Viktorija Tkachuk and finished second with 54.17 seconds, securing a place in the final of her first Olympic Games. “She gutted it in the end,” said Bucs cornerback Ross Cockrell, Anna’s brother. “My heart was pounding through my chest.” It was the same magic from behind that she had at the Olympics, where she went from fifth to third on the final lap, setting a personal best of 53.70. In order not to be outdone, Ross Cockrell, who had jumped back and forth between cornerback and safety due to violations of the Buccaneers’ safety, followed with a strong workout in which he posted three interceptions.
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CB Ross Cockrell watches as his sister Anna moves into the Olympic final with his teammates and coaches 👏 pic.twitter.com/pReaPhj4pB
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Bears QB Nick Foles praises Colts trainer Frank Reich, but emphasizes that he has not yet been approached about a trade.
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– Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) August 2, 2021
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NFL quotes of the day
“The job is Jacob’s now. He has to prove it, he knows that. Jacob is in the driver’s seat.”
Colts trainer Frank Reich on Jacob Eason
“You all made me cry in the village dining room!”
Olympic hurdler Anna Cockrell after watching the Bucs in the semi-finals
“I just feel like the guys are going to miss games. There are so many cases right now. We’re going to miss some games and we have to be prepared for that.”
Vikings trainer Mike Zimmer on COVID