It was an enormous birthday Wednesday across the NFL.
None was greater (or older) than Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady turning 45. There have been many “goat” tributes available throughout social media.
Rodgers answered in a short time and with an enormous smile: “No, no. However joyful birthday, Tom.”
Brady’s wasn’t the one birthday of notice. New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson turned 23 and promptly had his finest apply this 12 months.
Different NFL gamers who celebrated Aug. 3 birthdays included Los Angeles Chargers security Derwin James (26), Kansas Metropolis Chiefs operating again Ronald Jones (25), Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo and Jets linebacker Kwon Alexander (28).
And do not look now, however there’s additionally a sport on Thursday! The Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders will conflict within the Corridor of Fame Sport at Tom Benson Corridor of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
However again to motion Wednesday. Some rookies stood out whereas others stood shut and listened intently whereas being tutored by legendary vets. A few groups had exercises indoors, and a few took the time without work.
This is what you must know from camps throughout the league:
What our NFL Nation reporters noticed at the moment
Baltimore Ravens: Adam Dedeaux, Lamar Jackson’s private quarterback coach, is at coaching camp this week. Jackson is consistently speaking to Dedeaux all through apply.
“We really feel very lucky,” Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman mentioned. “Something we will do to assist our trigger. I believe Adam is an actual power for us. I like speaking soccer with him. Later, after conferences tonight, we’ll sit down and speak quarterback play and method and fundamentals. He is an actual pleasure to have round.” On Wednesday, Jackson remained correct, finishing 25-of-33 passes (75.7%).. — Jamison Hensely
Aiyuk was at it once more Wednesday, hauling in a landing from backup QB Nate Sudfeld through which he climbed the ladder at the back of the tip zone and received two ft down for a rating. He caught one other landing catch from Trey Lance alongside the correct sideline the place he tapped his ft down. Earlier, he got here down with a deep ball towards Ambry Thomas for a tricky contested catch. Aiyuk has made comparable performs on daily basis of camp, incomes the respect of all teammates.
“Proper now he is having an excellent camp,” security Jimmie Ward mentioned. “I really feel like he is having one of the best camp out of all people on the group offense and protection. OK, moreover [Nick] Bosa… However I am simply saying BA is taking his sport to a different degree. It is loopy.”
Aiyuk spent his offseason working with Lance in Southern California, so it is no shock to see him making an impression. If he continues down this path, he might problem George Kittle and Deebo Samuel to be this group’s most efficient pass-catcher. — Nick Wagoner
Denver Broncos: The Broncos now need to go with out vast receiver Tim Patrick of their offense. Patrick suffered a torn proper ACL in Tuesday’s apply and can miss the common season.
The Broncos will miss Patrick’s toughness, his willingness to guide and his knack for getting open within the pink zone.
“Acquired to see him, [Wednesday]” mentioned Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett. ” … We did not speak [Tuesday], he was attempting to take a second which I revered. However received to see him [Wednesday], massive hugs, nice smile on his face … [but] this is a chance for any person to step up.”
Rookie Montrell Washington — a fifth-round decide this previous April who’s already in line to be the group’s kickoff and punt returner — has proven he could possibly be prepared for extra obligation as vast receiver extra shortly than anticipated.
Washington has repeatedly proven he has the pace to win the ball on deep routes, and regardless of his dimension — 5-foot-10, 170 kilos — has competed for the robust catches. That has to translate into the preseason video games, and if it does, the Broncos will discover some snaps for him within the offense. — Jeff Legwold
Washington Commanders: Vast receiver Curtis Samuel returned to apply after sitting out the previous three days of exercises. Samuel’s Washington profession has been marred by begins and, principally, stops. Samuel performed in simply 5 video games final 12 months due to a groin damage after which a hamstring damage. This spring, Samuel was out and in of practices due to some tightness within the hamstring. So Washington coach Ron Rivera mentioned they need to be good with him and “ramp him up” to ensure he is again in soccer form. Samuel was energetic in full-team work Wednesday, catching a number of passes on screens or beneath throws. Samuel moved and lower properly — when he labored with trainers the previous a number of days he continued to chop sharply. Wednesday, Samuel was aligned on the identical facet at occasions as rookie receiver Jahan Dotson and veteran Terry McLaurin, offering a quick and numerous trio for defenses to cowl. Washington’s offense might be significantly better if Samuel can keep on the sphere. — John Keim
New York Giants: The day of relaxation seems to have labored. Vast receiver Kenny Golladay had his finest day of coaching camp after spending a lot of the earlier afternoon watching on a semi-maintenance day. Golladay, who did not rating a landing and struggled in his first season with the Giants final 12 months, beat beginning cornerback Adoree’ Jackson for a protracted landing in 1-on-1 drills. He additionally caught three passes in reside intervals in his most energetic day of the summer time. It is a promising signal contemplating Golladay wasn’t transferring notably properly for the second consecutive 12 months early in camp. “Final 12 months there have been a number of accidents concerned,” Golladay mentioned earlier this week. “I believe this 12 months is a bit of bit higher so far as simply the coaching workers, power workers after which teaching workers taking good care of our our bodies and us as gamers doing the correct issues on and off the sphere.” Appears the additional day of relaxation paid dividends on this case. — Jordan Raanan
Atlanta Falcons: With the season-ending damage to Vincent Taylor, there are alternatives on the Falcons’ line of defense rotation and this could possibly be a spot the place a shocking participant wins a job. Third-year professional Jalen Dalton, who was kicked out of Saturday’s apply for throwing a punch, has gotten some first-team reps, and undrafted free agent Derrick Tangelo has persistently flashed the primary week in pads. It may create an fascinating battle as coaching camp strikes on at one of many extra intriguing positions on the roster. — Michael Rothstein
New England Patriots: In a slower-tempo apply not held in full pads, QB Mac Jones flashed a hand sign to WR DeVante Parker earlier than the snap, and shortly thereafter threw a go in his course alongside the left sideline that was intercepted by CB Terrance Mitchell. It seemed to be a breakdown in communication between Jones and Parker, as Jones’ throw indicated he was anticipating a distinct sort of route. It has been a wrestle at occasions for the Patriots’ offense early in camp, and this was an instance of the issues they’re working by means of. It was Jones’ fourth INT of camp (seven practices). — Mike Reiss
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs: The Chiefs continued to type by means of a deep group of operating backs with a bodily apply that included an prolonged interval devoted to the operating sport. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Ronald Jones, Derrick Gore and rookie Isiah Pacheco every had a number of carries within the interval and every had at the very least one productive run. The Chiefs have one other operating again in Jerick McKinnon who shines as a receiver, so that they face a tricky choice at operating again when it comes time to trim the roster. The Chiefs might wind up holding 4 backs. — Adam Teicher
Carolina Panthers: Many assumed the left sort out job would go to rookie Ikem Ekwonu, chosen No. 6 general within the April draft. However up to now the job has belonged to 2021 third-round decide Brady Christensen, who gained the workers’s confidence final season due to the best way he performed within the closing couple of video games. It comes all the way down to method, and it was apparent watching Christensen and Ekwonu in Wednesday’s pass-rush drills that Christensen had a determined edge. So do not be stunned if the previous BYU left sort out will get the nod there for the season opener. “He is received a protracted strategy to go,” coach Matt Rhule mentioned of Ekwonu. “He does some issues rather well naturally. He is unbelievably highly effective and gifted. However there’s so much to this sport. … He has a protracted methods to go. He’ll get there, however on daily basis he is set to work.”— David Newton
Inexperienced Bay Packers: If it is onerous for Christian Watson to sit down again and watch fellow rookie receiver Romeo Doubs get all the eye in coaching camp, he is not letting on. The truth is, Watson was photographed in mid-jump celebrating with Doubs after a play in apply. “We’ll have fun one another’s successes,” Watson mentioned. Nevertheless, Watson, the Packers’ second-round decide, admitted that being sidelined to start out coaching camp as a result of he underwent knee surgical procedure this summer time has taken its toll. “It is undoubtedly irritating, however I’ve tried to not let that have an effect on me an excessive amount of,” Watson mentioned. In the meantime, the reward retains coming for Doubs, the fourth-round decide. “Each single day, there’s been at the very least one form of ‘Wow’ play for him,” Aaron Rodgers mentioned Wednesday. “And that is form of uncommon for a younger man like that. Now we have had some guys through the years form of try this, however they’re all within the high 10 I believe within the Packers’ receiving historical past. So good begin for him.” — Rob Demovsky
Los Angeles Chargers: Security Derwin James, the important thing playmaker within the Chargers’ secondary, has continued a hold-in that now has lasted seven days as he awaits an settlement on a contract extension. Coach Brandon Staley mentioned Wednesday that there was no replace on James’ state of affairs. In James’ absence, security Nasir Adderley has commanded consideration over the past two practices, intercepting passes from quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Chase Daniel. “Actually big-time break by him. Nice play,” Staley mentioned about Adderley’s interception off Daniel, which concerned a diving effort (and led to a momentarily scary collision with receiver Maurice Ffrench, who remained on the grass for a number of minutes earlier than standing up. Staley mentioned afterward he was “OK.”). “I informed you guys on the finish of minicamp that I assumed that he was an actual vivid spot, a standout,” Staley mentioned about Adderley. “He is actually flashing within the run sport and within the passing sport.” — Lindsey Thiry
New Orleans Saints: Security Tyrann Mathieu made his first look at coaching camp on Wednesday morning after lacking the primary week resulting from a private matter. Mathieu participated within the group walkthrough and particular person drills however stayed out of 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills as a part of the steps to get his conditioning again up. Additionally, vast receiver Michael Thomas took the following step in his development from his ankle damage that induced him to overlook final season, collaborating in 7-on-7 drills for the primary time. Saints quarterback Jameis Winston wasted no time in getting the ball to Thomas, kicking off the 7-on-7 session with two fast throws to Thomas, who made catches towards Bryce Thompson and Bradley Roby. Thomas additionally caught a go from Andy Dalton to start out the following arrange 7-on-7 drills, ending the day 3-for-3. — Katherine Terrell
Prime NFL information of the day
Directive to lose video games in 2019 by Miami Dolphins proprietor Stephen Ross by no means made it to discipline, assistant says
Whereas an NFL-backed investigation might have discovered Dolphins proprietor Stephen Ross made it recognized he believed the group’s draft place ought to take priority over profitable video games in 2019, these beliefs didn’t make it all the way down to the soccer discipline. Dolphins operating backs coach Eric Studesville, who has held that title since 2018, mentioned the group’s directive throughout the 2019 season was not questioned so far as he knew. “From the highest down (the aim was) to win soccer video games and put together and prepare to go — that is the way it’s at all times been,” Studesville mentioned Wednesday.