One of the best and most comprehensive features we do every year is our Footballguys Training Camp Updates. Every week in August, our Bob Henry and his team of Footballguys Staffers cover every player that matters from every NFL team. It's incredible and frankly, probably worth the price of the Footballguys Season Long Pro subscription just by itself. Each edition is almost 40 pages long.
While I encourage you to read every word of every week, I also understand Life Happens. And one of the more valuable services Footballguys can add is saving you time. For this article, I had the idea of taking the comprehensive Training Camp Update and distilling it down into 80 proof shots of the Need-to-Know material. Some teams will have more news than others. Because that's how it works in real life. Much of it will be from the Camp Updates, some of it will be my takes but all of it will hopefully be useful to you. And make sure to jump on our Season Long Pro subscription to continue seeing this type of stuff all year long. And if this feature is helpful to you, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.
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- QB Kyler Murray looks to be all in on what the Cardinals are doing and has done his part on becoming stronger this offseason.
- RB Kenyan Drake is diving into the playbook, hoping to expand on his 2019 half-season with the Cardinals. He was wearing a walking boot but he said, "No worries. I'm good."
- RB Chase Edmonds is viewed as more than just a backup running back, drawing praise from Kliff Kingsbury.
- WR Deandre Hopkins is not unhappy about his contract but is missing practice due to a hamstring injury.
- WR Christian Kirk is looking to have a breakout year now with Hopkins taking some of the pressure off of him.
- TE Dan Arnold continues to get hyped up by Kyler Murray.
- RB Brian Hill was 2019's training camp star and he's carrying that over in 2020 with improved receiving skills.
- RB Qadree Ollison has been a practice stand out and has been showing off receiving chops that the Falcons didn't see during his 2019 rookie campaign.
- Dan Quinn wants to see a better marriage between outside-zone running plays and the play-action game. It has been a repeated focus of practice this week.
- While there's no rust with the Matt Ryan-Julio Jones connection, the rest of the receiving corps had timing issues with its routes during the first days of padded practice.
- Tight end Hayden Hurst's connection with Ryan has been solid for a first-year Falcon, according to Quinn.
- Cornerback A.J. Terrell has had several good moments against Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley and will be one of the starters alongside Darqueze Dennard and either Kendall Sheffield and Isiah Oliver, who is gaining ground fast.
- Quarterback Lamar Jackson continues to improve as a pocket passer, but Baltimore doesn't plan to remove his running ability from the playbook.
- Running back Mark Ingram II's offseason workouts were popular on social media; Ingram enters his 10th season in exceptional shape.
- Jackson is "clicking" with wide receiver Marquise Brown, whose preseason hype appears to be justified.
- Wide receiver Miles Boykin is unproven but has high expectations. The team worked out Dez Bryant but didn't sign him.
- Tight end Mark Andrews is ready to step up after the team traded away Hayden Hurst. Andrews is still the de factor WR1 on this team.
- QB Josh Allen had a rough first week of practice as he continues to struggle with inaccuracy and questionable decisions.
- Devin Singletary is the presumed starter at running back but ball security issues could create an opening for rookie Zach Moss to earn a bigger role.
- WR Stefon Diggs has shown glimpses of the big-play threat he can be for this offense while rookie Gabriel Davis has also impressed early in camp.
- Tight end Dawson Knox has shown improvement as a blocker, which could allow him to stay on the field in all situations.
- The pass rush has looked great during the first week of practice while presumed starting cornerback Josh Norman suffered a hamstring injury.
- The competition for backup quarterback is still too close to call.
- Wide receiver D.J. Moore has been showing good rhythm with his new quarterback, while Curtis Samuel and Robbie Anderson have been showing off their speed.
- Running back Christian McCaffrey continues to set the bar high with his work ethic and competitiveness, but Coach Matt Rhule says he is not concerned about getting McCaffrey the same numbers the running logged last season.
- Tight end Ian Thomas indicated he is uncertain he has locked up the starting title, but comments from Coach Rhule signal Thomas will have the role.
- Defensive tackle Derrick Brown, "defensive athlete" Jeremy Chinn, and defensive end Brian Burns all grabbed onlookers' attention during practices this week.
- QB Mitch Trubisky has had a slight advantage through the first week of practice but not enough to create any real separation from Nick Foles.
- RB Devin Montgomery lost weight and gained speed during the offseason and has looked much more explosive this year.
- WR Allen Robinson suffered a minor ankle injury on Friday while Anthony Miller has been limited as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.
- The tight end group has looked good early in camp with Jimmy Graham leading the way.
- Khalil Mack believes he and the overall defense will bounce back this year, but key players like Robert Quinn and Akiem Hicks were missed in practice.
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