NFC Training Camp Notes from first 5 days of camp! ARIZONA CARDINALS– Blake…

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NFC Training Camp Notes from first 5 days of camp!


Kyler Murray actually looked like a rookie at times which...might be good?

Murray threw an interception to someone NOT named Patrick Peterson, and should have thrown a second one near the end of day goal-line drills.

While he wasn't as sharp as he was on Thursday, it's notable that there weren't as many deep bombs being thrown either, whether by design or due to the nature of the pads. Murray still had some impressive throws to Christian Kirk and Keesean Johnsonin coverage, but I did notice that a lot of the work was in the run game.

The 2nd round rookies had themselves a day

CB Byron Murphy WR Andy Isabella Remember those names.

Murphy had two interceptions and showed a bit of physicality and while he had gotten beaten once or twice on the first day of camp...he certainly didn't today, and even took away a ball from Kyler Murray on a fade route intended for Larry Fitzgerald, showing the ball-hawking and athleticism they drafted him for.

But it was Andy Isabella who drew the most “oohs” and “aahs” today.

Isabella caught a touchdown and hauled in a pass over the middle before getting stood up by safety Josh Shaw which leveled him (he's a small guy after all) but he showcased a lot and seems to be getting better as camp has gone on.

On another note, Keesean Johnson seems to feel more and more like he belongs, as it's tough to believe he's a rookie when he seems on par with the likes of Christian Kirk with comfort in the offense. For a 6th rounder that's a heck of a pick up if he turns out to get starting reps this season. He's arguably even a bigger story than Isabella so far.

Hakeem Butler has a role but needs a year if he's going to see time

Butler was praised by many as having a shot to be the top wide receiver in the draft amongst the analytics community, but he hasn't looked like it so far.

Doesn't mean he won't, as he was definitely a high ceiling, low floor sort of prospect. He's been stiff but showcased his size (guys seem to bounce off of him) and had his first BIG catch of the week hauling in a perfectly thrown deep pass from Brett Hundley for what would have been a 40 yard touchdown, beating his man and the safety. Size and speed.


Mohamed Sanuscored the only touchdown of the Monday's portion of the scrimmage. It was the second touchdown pass for Matt Ryanin the scrimmage; he also tossed two interceptions.

Calvin Ridleywas back on the sidelines and suited up, but he went through stretches with the team before heading off to the side for rehab work with Julio Jonesand Deion Jones. Still, seeing Ridley, who is coming off a tight hamstring, back on the field is a good sign.

The White team had a chance to chip away at the Red team's lead after moving the ball to the 15-yard line. Matt Ryan threw three catchable balls to Kenjon Barner, Russell Gageand Justin Hardy, in that order, that were dropped and resulted in a turnover on downs. – Will McFadden

Rookie receiver Kahlil Lewiscan fly. He torched Ryan Neal deep on a one-on-one drill, and this comes two days after he made a nice sideline grab over a defender.

Devonta Freemanlooks like his old self out on the field, and he had a number of long runs during the first 11-on-11 period. The offensive line opened up several holes for Atlanta's backs on Thursday.

Second-year receiver Russell Gagelined up at wildcat quarterback on Thursday. Mohamed Sanuis the player traditionally in that role for the Falcons. – Jeanna Thomas

Calvin Ridley and Duke Riley both did not participate in practice. Ridley has some soreness in his hamstring. Riley is dealing with a groin and hip flexor issue. Both guys are day-to-day and neither injury is expected to keep them out long term.

Russell Gage was already getting plenty of first-team reps, and with Ridley and Julio out, he was featured consistently with the 1s again on Saturday and lived up to the challenge.

CAROLINA PANTHERS – Madeline Coleman, Rick Bonnell, Brendan Marks & Scott Fowler

Really hoping Cameron Artis-Paynegets an honest look this season. He's shifty on some of these inside runs. That said, Jordan Scarlettcontinues to impress me. Not sure his vision is the best, but he almost looks like he's gliding across the field when he runs. If his hands keep up.

Cam Newtonhas a wide-open DJ Moore40 yards downfield but is way short on the throw. Looked more like he mistimed it rather than a matter of arm strength —he tried to drop it in there instead of really unleashing. ... Another deep ball from Cam: 45 yards in the air this time. Moore sneaks behind the defense and Cam slightly under underthrows it again. Gaulden runs the ball down, bats it away. – Josh Klein

One of the most exciting things to watch are the wide receivers vs. cornerbacks one-on-one drills, as they're one of the closest you can get to a game situation during practice – the first of the day was a 40-yard touchdown from Cam Newtonto DJ Moorewhen Moore got a step on Bradberry. The next was a deep ball on the other side to Curtis Samuelover Kevon Seymour that was in the exact right spot for Samuel to grab – only after Samuel got a step on Seymour.

Cam Newtonlooked to be throwing during all drills and the deep balls he threw during the one-on-ones were – in my opinion – better than any he threw in the same circumstances during last year's camp. Last year, I only remember him completing one, a one-handed spectacular catch by Torrey Smith. Today, he completed his first two – while I'm not ready to throw a parade on July 28th, it's certainly encouraging.

CHICAGO BEARS – Johnathan Wood

Let's start with Mitch Trubisky, who looked really good today. He was very sharp mentally, making quick, decisive reads consistently in full team drills. His passes were consistently on target (not just catchable, but right on the money) for everything 20 yards and in, and even the long balls were pretty solid for the most part. When I went to camp last year, I commented that he was thinking instead of playing, but today he was in control and could just go out and play. I was most impressed with how fast he got the ball out, often throwing it right as the target was making his break. He was clearly the best quarterback on the practice field (which he should be), but that was not the case when I was there last August.

It's default for veterans to start ahead of rookies early in training camp, so I found it noteworthy that a few offensive rookies were already fairly high on the depth chart. David Montgomeryand Mike Davisseemed to be splitting reps at RB.

The 2 guys who got the ball the most in full-team work, by far, were Allen Robinsonand Tarik Cohen. I would guess they are going to be the main weapons this year.

Anthony Millerand David Montgomeryhave clearly better feet than anybody else out there. They both have fantastic cuts pretty much every time you watch them.

Miller did have a few mental lapses though. In 11v11, he seemed not to know one play, which resulted in the man he was supposed to block “tackling” Tarik Cohenfor a loss on an outside run. In another, he picked up an illegal motion penalty. – Mark Potash

Nagy is putting receivers and cornerbacks to the test with stand-alone one-on-one matchups. On the first one, Allen Robinsonbeat Kyle Fullerwith a double-move to catch a deep ball from Mitch Trubisky— drawing a big reaction from the crowd. Later, Trubisky misfired on a pass to Taylor Gabriel, trying to beat Prince Amukamaraon a buttonhook.

Mitch Trubisky threw a touchdown pass to Taylor Gabriel on a well-thrown touch pass over Fuller. … Backup Chase Danielthrew a touchdown of 50-plus yards to Anthony Millerdown the sideline. … Long shot receivers Thomas Ivesand Tanner Gentrymade an impression with big plays for a apparent touchdowns from third-string quarterback Tyler Bray.

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