Let’s go minicamping.
This week, 28 of the league’s teams are on the practice field for mandatory minicamps. The Bears, Dolphins, Patriots and Lions got a head start on minicamp last week.
Coaches will put their players through evaluations and drills for the last time before training camp — and the players are expected to be there. Unless they’re holding out.
Here’s some of the best stuff from around the league:
Wentz ‘confident’ with where he’s at
Carson Wentz updates his status almost six months after surgery on his torn ACL and knows contact will be the final step of his recovery.
Texans QB Deshaun Watson says everything is going smoothly with his recovery from a torn right ACL.
Deshaun Watson happy with recovery.
Zack Martin becomes NFL’s top-paid guard.
David Johnson surprises by sitting out Cardinals camp.
Ingram: ‘I’m not angry with my contract’ after skinpping OTAs.
Eli Manning bolstered after Giants didn’t draft a QB.
Josh Gordon upbeat about his future.
Falcons summer get together
Matt Ryan says the Falcons will get together for workouts in July and Julio Jones will be a part of it. Jones has skipped mandatory minicamp this week and voluntary workouts while dealing with a contract issue.
Wade weighs in
Here’s what the Rams defensive coordinator had to say about Aaron Donald skipping mandatory minicamp:
Wade Phillips does not seem concerned about Aaron Donald’s absence from the offseason program. Said in a classic deadpan: “We feel like it will happen sooner or later, hopefully sooner. He didn’t come til later last year and did OK. I guess he fit in in a 3-4, everybody was worried about that.”
K.J. Wright was asked about outside expectations not being as high for the Seahawks this year because of all the key players no longer there. He raised his eyebrow and noted they’re only that — outside expectations.
That’s a no-no
Todd Bowles usually doesn’t get angry, but he was fired up in practice today when DE Leonard Williams inadvertently hit QB Teddy Bridgewater in the arm during a team drill. That’s a no-no, and the coach let everybody know it. Asked later if there’s a fine line for defenders, Bowles said curtly, “There is no fine line. We don’t touch the quarterback in shorts and T-shirts. Ever.”
Dak gets some help
Dak Prescott is impressed by the Cowboys newest offensive weapon, Tavon Austin, who was picked up in a trade from the Los Angeles Rams during the draft. “He’s a steal,” Prescott said.
‘You aren’t listening’
Malcolm Jenkins’ signs turned into t-shirts. “You aren’t listening” gear hanging up at defensive backs stalls following Wednesday practice.
Striking a pose
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 13, 2018
Tyrod Taylor’s rebuttal
Tyrod Taylor comments on Josh Gordon’s claim that the Browns have the best group of receivers in the NFL. Video by Pat McManamon
Ravens corner Jimmy Smith made a surprise return to the team Tuesday for the first day of minicamp.
Eric Weddle attributes the quick return from an Achilles injury to certain mutant powers.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) June 13, 2018
Cam Newton back to work
Panthers quarterbacks continue to work on high percentages passes on Day 2 of a mandatory three-day minicamp. This will be a big part of offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s plan.
Texans’ special guest
Eric Weddle thinks fast-healing Jimmy Smith is “half-Wolverine”
On May 18, 10 people were killed and 13 injured during a shooting at Santa Fe High School. The Texans hosted athletes from the high school and donated $100,000 to the school’s memorial fund.
What you missed
Colts QB Andrew Luck outlines his short and long-term goals in his recovery from shoulder surgery.
Exclamation points are warranted here. Andrew Luck, who has been recovering from a January 2017 shoulder surgery, was throwing at minicamp Tuesday. The last time he had thrown a ball was October 2017.
— dave calabro (@calabro13sports) June 12, 2018
— George Bremer (@gmbremer) June 12, 2018
Who’s not here?
The annual tradition of top players sitting out mandatory minicamps is here. So far, the list is headlined by a 1,200-yard rusher and the league’ defensive player of the year.
Rams defensive linemen running through drills at mandatory minicamp. Aaron Donald not among them. pic.twitter.com/6MuqhAQxwO
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) June 12, 2018
Those not at minicamp:
Cardinals RB David Johnson didn’t show up for the first day of minicamp Tuesday and coach Steve Wilks didn’t want to talk about it. He wanted to focus on the players who were here while QB Sam Bradford wasn’t worried about Johnson missing any practices.
OBJ in action
Odell Beckham Jr. was at mandatory minicamp
Tuesday and practiced, even if it wasn’t in live drills.
Beckham is recovering from a broken leg and will not participate in team drills.
What’s up with Jon Gruden & Co.?
Jon Gruden tells Shelley Smith how football has changed since the last time he coached and clears the air about his relationship with Derek Carr.
Tempers flared during the Raiders’ mandatory camp Tuesday as a 2-minute drill involving backup units devolved into a skirmish that seemed to be centered around Fadol Brown and Brandon Parker. There was briefly a pileup involving perhaps a dozen players. Coach Jon Gruden was not pleased. He sent both units to the sideline prematurely and used some choice words in doing so.
Jon Gruden has long admired Marshawn Lynch’s ability to run routes. Lynch’s receiving ability has been on display during camp today.
Sherman shows up
49ers CB Richard Sherman did indeed go through individual drills during the team’s Tuesday minicamp practice. He’s still aiming to be full go at the start of training camp. It’s excitement any time you get back on the field, you get to compete. “Getting back for training camp will be a lot of fun,” Sherman said. “I’m sure I’ll be excited for like the first three practices, like out of my mind and then I’ll get back into the rhythm of understanding it’s one practice at a time but it’s been fun. Obviously I’m excited to get back. My body is feeling like it has before so I’m happy about that.”