Rookies report today for Falcons, Ravens, Chargers, Dolphins, Patriots, Saints, Giants, Jets

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NFL training camps are gradually getting underway.

After the Bills and Raiders became the first two teams to bring rookies to camp yesterday, eight more teams are having rookies report today.

Rookies for the Falcons, Ravens, Chargers, Dolphins, Patriots, Saints, Giants and Jets report to training camp today.

The Raiders will become the first team with their whole roster in camp when their veterans report tomorrow. By July 26, all 32 teams will have their training camps fully open.

4 responses to “Rookies report today for Falcons, Ravens, Chargers, Dolphins, Patriots, Saints, Giants, Jets

  1. I hate the Ravens, but they are the only one of those teams that have any rookie talent.

  2. I’m wondering how long it will take BB to figure out if this new “no fullback, insert h-back” offense is going to work. They need to run the ball WELL, so Mac can play action. He does well that way. If the h-backs can’t block well, and history says they can’t (Smith, Keene), they may have to pivot and sign a free agent FB. There aren’t many left so they need to figure this out QUICKLY. They also need to come up with some cap room, which needs to be figured out quickly as well. If they could sign a FB to a contract they can get out of easily if the h-back experiment works, they may want to do that sooner rather than later. With Judge having coached the giants, he’d have good info on Elijaa Penny who is probably the “best available” FB. I wouldn’t normally want to do that so soon, but Keene has been injured his entire career so far, and won’t even be ready for contact until next month. Jonnu Smith was a surprisingly poor blocker last season, which is par for his entire 2021 effort. I see no reason why the Patriots would be optimistic about this working out in a traditional sense. They must have something unusual in mind regarding the run game, and where these two could fit in better as run blockers, perhaps in a way that doesn’t require them to be bulldozers. So many things have changed, and so many things have to go right all at the same time, and in conjunction with a very tough early and late season schedule, it’s hard to see them eclipsing last seasons performance. I won’t be shocked if they take a half step back this season as they implement new systems and players. They need many of these rookies to pan out to a good to great level. I also wonder about not having any enforcer types on the team like Harrison, Seymour, Vrabel, Wilfork, Brady, etc. They need vocal players to step up and avoid let downs like they had down the stretch in 2021. There are no players at any position that are head and shoulders above the competition that can be counted on to produce in critical moments. So until they can consistently produce wins in critical high stakes situations, the jury is out. They are a fun sociable group, but at some point it will come down to nitty gritty dirty work in a league of physical freaks, and there are good coaches everywhere now. As I said, a lot has to go right, and it very well could happen. If it does, maybe they surprise, but the odds are against. If they could squeeze 11-6 out of this season with a playoff win, that would be the floor for a successful season at this stage. There are too many good teams and good QB’s in the AFC to assume they can do more than that considering the roster. I do have high hopes for what Parker will add to the offense. I’m nervous about all the o-line changes, the reliance on a brand new group of linebackers, and the hybrid defensive backfield that features a lot of safeties, rookies, and retreads. Plus they did not address their run defense which was porous when it counted most. Maybe they are trendsetters with a full amoeba defense that makes it hard for opposing QB’s to figure out what coverages they are seeing. We’ll see. A LOT has to go right.

  3. The Ravens rookie class is stacked, on paper. But we’ve heard that before. The Patriots 2019 class was supposed to be stacked too and we see how that turned out. Looking back the past few years, it seems some of the mid-round selections have done better on avg than the top selections.

  4. “The Ravens rookie class is stacked, on paper. But we’ve heard that before. The Patriots 2019 class was supposed to be stacked too and we see how that turned out. Looking back the past few years, it seems some of the mid-round selections have done better on avg than the top selections”.

    The Ravens Rookie Class is stacked, Yes. With mid-rounders. 0ver 50% or 7 out of 11 of their picks came in the 4th round or later.

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