New England Patriots
The Patriots held their second full pad practice of training camp on August 1st with an attendance of 24,546 spectators. The highlights of Monday’s rainy practice were an early shoulder injury to WR Chris Hogan and Gronkowski’s excitement throughout practice. Gronk was seen throwing footballs and running alongside the stands in celebration of catches. His energy influenced his new tight end partner Martellus Bennett to do the same, alongside rookie Bryce Williams. Both the fans and the players were ecstatic. Even Bill Belichick was in a good mood, calling the Patriots’ wide receiver competition, “as good as its been since I’ve been here.” Hall of Famer Kevin Faulk was also present at practice to teach and inspire the players.
One running back in for another. The Dolphins activated RB Arian Foster from PUP, while holding out RB Jay Ayaji because of an apparent knee bruise. The first fight of training camp occurred at the Dolphins facility between controversial first rounder Laremy Tunsil and DE Chris McCain. This is a shame because Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, and former slot receiver Wes Welker were all present at the Dolphins practice.
Biggest news of the day is the Buffalo Bills’ signing of Reggie Bush. This signing puts a lot of doubt on the status of Karlos Williams as the number two running back. Williams is currently on the non-football illness list and will serve a four game suspension at the beginning of the season. With LeSean McCoy in great condition, the battle for the spot behind him is one to keep track of during training camp. Another competition to keep track of is the backup QB position. Rookie Cardale Jones appeared to be the favorite to win the spot before the start of training camp, but early observations indicate that the quarterback is horribly inaccurate.
New York Jets
The Jet’s prized free agent Matt Forte has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. Aside from that injury the Jets’ training camp has been going great, with players such as Dee Milliner, Buster Skrine, and Ryan Clady showing great signs of improvement. Coupled with the fact that Ryan Fitzpatrick is under contract and under center, optimism is high in New Jersey.