2022 NFL training camp updates: Bills leave dorms as teams prepare for full preseason roster


The Hall of Fame game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars was a tasty appetizer last week, but now comes the main course. With a full schedule of pre-season games on the menu starting Thursday, teams are preparing to show some of what they’ve been practicing to fans across the country.

The Buffalo Bills left the comfortable confines of their college residence – St. John Fisher University – but not before a fight broke out between members of the offensive and defensive lines. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is getting used to his new receivers. The Green Bay Packers’ tallest player is making his presence felt. And the Indianapolis Colts continue to take advantage of the chance on the injury front.

Things are looking up across the NFL. Who else made a mark on Thursday? Who got drunk? Who had the most fun?

Here’s what you need to know about league camps:

What our NFL Nation reporters saw today

Buffalo Tickets: Dorm life officially ended for the Buffalo Bills in 2022, with the team holding final practice at St. John Fisher University on Thursday. The Bills are one of seven teams to leave their home facilities for training camp this year, and coach Sean McDermott said he would “love” the team’s return to Rochester, NY. There is no contract currently in place for next year. Quarterback Josh Allen is also a fan of the team going to a college campus.

“I love the camp. I love hanging out with the guys. It’s a great atmosphere, especially when you have the type of guys that we have in our locker room, guys who really love each other and care about each other. each other.”

McDermott said Allen will not play in the team’s first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. The first-team offense and defense had a much more physical workout on Thursday, including tackles and a brawl started between defensive tackle Ed Oliver and left tackle Dion Dawkins, while the second and third teams had more training. a step forward before the first pre-season. Game.

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs conducted their final practice session before Saturday’s preseason opener against the Chicago Bears. Patrick Mahomes won’t play more than a quarterback but will get his first chance to pitch in playing conditions to a group of mostly new wide receivers. JuJu Smith-Schuster was a favorite target during training camp and the two connected on a handful of completions Thursday. Regarding his goals against the Bears, Mahomes said, “I like to get in there and get hit once. Once you get hit once and you see what it’s like to get hit at new as a quarterback, you’re kind of good to go.”

New York Jets: The Jets’ starters will play a series or two on Friday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to coach Robert Saleh. DE Carl Lawson, nearly a year after Achilles surgery, will play – a slight surprise. Might as well back him up slowly. Saleh said they would be smart with Lawson, who hasn’t missed a practice, but they don’t want to keep him in “bubble wrap” either.

Lawson, who signed a three-year, $45 million contract last year, said playing Friday would be a “confidence boost.” He said he had “ridiculous expectations” for himself in 2022, adding, “I want it all. I want to do something that’s not supposed to be possible.”

Green Bay Packers: “It’s hard not to notice rookie tackle Caleb Jones. After all, he’s the tallest player in the Packers’ camp at 6-foot-8 3/4 (he’s listed at 6-9). But it’s time to notice where the undrafted free is on the depth chart.At the start of camp, Jones was the right tackle with the No. 3 offensive line. This week, he lined up as the No. 2 left tackle and considering the Packers don’t have David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins yet, Jones could make a legitimate run at a spot on the opening day roster.

“Everyone wants to talk about their height, [but] he’s a bit of a better foot athlete than I think people give him credit for,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said. “You have to give him a lot of credit, he made the most of his opportunities.”

In the one-on-one pass blocking drill, he is 10-4. Every time he got his hands on the rusher, he stopped him. And after dropping his weight from 370 on his Pro Day to 338 on his last weigh-in, he has improved his mobility.

“At this position nowadays, every guy I try to block is a 4.4, and it’s really wonders to be able to drop my weight,” Jones said.

When asked if there were any great tackles he had studied or tried to emulate, Jones laughed and said: “It’s really difficult because there aren’t that many. “

Washington Commanders: Washington held a relatively light practice Thursday as it prepares for Saturday’s preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers. The starters, including quarterback Carson Wentz, will play 15-20 snaps.

Saturday will be a good opportunity for rookie quarterback Sam Howell to show what he’s learned so far. Howell, a fifth-round pick who is firmly the No. 3 quarterback in camp, has steadily moved forward. He will play most of the second half. He has mostly been confined to the pocket in training as he gets used to the timing and pace of a game, but on Saturday he will be able to show more of his athleticism when a game breaks down. But what coach Ron Rivera really wants to see is how he handles two-minute situations, if any. To prepare for it, they had Howell do a two-minute drill against a scout team’s defense on Thursday.

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts spent most of training camp last season rebuilding an offensive line as four of their five eventual starters missed time due to injuries.

In this training camp, the Colts have had an incredible fortune when it comes to injuries up front, with all five members of the starting unit having participated in each of the team’s practices thus far.

“It’s been awesome,” All-Pro goaltender Quenton Nelson said. “I feel good with the offensive line that we have.”

Nelson missed almost all of training camp in 2021 after undergoing foot surgery. Pro Bowl center Ryan Kelly and right tackle Braden Smith were also sidelined at times during this camp. It was a precursor to a regular season marred by rampant injuries within the unit and underperformance for what had been one of the league’s elite lines.

Nelson, in particular, is healthy and looks set for a big season after a mentally taxing 2021.

“It’s definitely liberating,” Nelson said. “[Health] is something you no longer take for granted.”

Pittsburgh Steelers: Despite being two days away from their preseason opener, the Steelers practiced in the pads on Thursday afternoon and had several live tackle drills. The highlight was the defensive backs and linebackers, and training camp signee Master Teague was a force against the Steelers’ back. Teague and rookie linebacker Mark Robinson have ended the practice three times in a row. Teague won the first game, Robinson the second, and the third was hotly contested with both teams claiming victory. With Benny Snell missing in practice and Najee Harris still limited, Teague and the rest of the reserve running backs had another long look and Teague, Jaylen Warren and Anthony McFarland all had good days.


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