The quarterbacks were the story in camp on Tuesday. New Carolina Panthers QB Baker Mayfield hit an electric deep ball that got fans talking. The Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts had his most impressive day yet and the Joneses — New York Giants’ Daniel Jones and New England Patriots’ Mac Jones — recorded encouraging days for their teams.
In non-QB news, Kyle Pitts continues to dominate Atlanta Falcons practices. New York Jets rookie running back Breece Hall is progressing strongly, showing his speed and versatility. And Orlando Brown Jr. trained for the first time since signing his nearly $16.7 million one-year contract.
The whole NFL is on the up. Who made a mark on Tuesday? Who got dinged up? Who had the most fun?
Here’s what you need to know from camps across the league:
What our NFL Nation reporters saw today
Carolina Panther: Panthers wideout Robby Anderson tweeted “Noooooo” in April when it was revealed the Panthers were interested in acquiring quarterback Baker Mayfield from the Cleveland Browns. On Tuesday, teammates and fans said “oooooh” over a game Anderson made with the former No. 1 overall. Mayfield, working with the ones, threw a shot from about 50 yards that the veteran wide receiver pulled close to the goal line.
Explosive games are what you get with Mayfield and what the Panthers haven’t had in a couple of years. You also get occasional errors. Linebacker Frankie Luvu jumped Mayfield’s pass for an interception late in a two-minute practice. Overall, the day at Mayfield had to go through Sam Darnold, who worked with the 2s, albeit not much. In the red zone, Mayfield was 3-for-8 for a touchdown. Darnold was 6-for-8 with two touchdowns and an interception on amazing defensive play.
The fight for the starting QB is still too close, but coach Matt Rhule likes Mayfield’s offensive pick-up. “We test guys every day,” he said. “His tests come back by the hundreds. He’s a pro.” — David Newton
Atlanta Falcons: When the Falcons brought in number 4 tight end Kyle Pitts in 2021, the franchise knew he had the potential to be a game-changer and generational player. And while it’s just a training camp, the difference in Pitts’ game from a year ago to now is palpable.
On almost every rep, Pitts wins from the line of scrimmage and then opens up for the quarterback — in both team and individual drills. The most notable on a Tuesday was a singles replay against linebacker Mykal Walker. Pitts accelerated, stopped for the tiniest second and then charged past Walker for an easy reception with a deep pass.
The Falcons have a lot of questions this year, but Pitts is not one of them. For a week he was the most dominant player Atlanta has. It might not be close. — Michael Rothstein
Philly Eagles: Jalen Hurts heats up. It was the team’s first day in pads, and hurts put in their best performance of the summer, highlighted by a 50-yard dime for Jalen Reagor, the former first-round pick who the coach says is “fighting for a spot on the team.” Nick Sirianni.
Hurts followed up with a laser across the middle to new batterymate AJ Brown. Early in the session, during a one-on-one, he punched DeVonta Smith on the left touchline, dropping him over James Bradberry’s corner. Hurts has been up and down the camp to this point, with the arrow pointing up in recent days. — Tim McManus
New York Giants: Daniel Jones had one day. His best this summer. With a good lead. It’s a good sign considering the Giants’ offense didn’t exactly light it up early in camp when they learned about Brian Daboll’s offense.
The first-team unit and their quarterback were mostly struggling. Not on Tuesday, when Jones hit 16 of 20 with two touchdowns and two interceptions in a day when wide receiver Kenny Golladay sat out team practice. His replacement, David Sills, did a good deal of the damage. Sills had five catches in live practice, including a touchdown reception to close out the day’s action.
“It felt good to be there,” said Sills. “I think DJ has a good sense of where I’ll be. A confidence for me.”
Without a late red zone interception, Jones’ numbers and offensive performance would look and feel even better. Overall still a good day. — Jordan Raanan
Houston Texans: Davis Mills excelled in Monday’s practice, probably his best day at camp. Mills went 13-for-17 in team practice with two TD throws in the Red Zone Team 22 period. He also went 6-6 with four TD passes during the 7-on-7 red zone from the 12-yard line. He led the Texans’ offense into scoring position during the two-minute practice session after facing a 4th and 15th place finish. DJ Bien Aime
New York Jets: While RB1 sat Michael Carter out of 11v11 practice with a minor ankle injury, rookie Breece Hall had a chance to work extensively with the starters. He rotated with Ty Johnson and rookie Zonovan Knight, but Hall got the most carries.
Listed as 5-foot-11, 217 pounds, Hall is the tallest back on the list. He showed excellent open-field speed and made a dive catch in a 7-on-7 period. The Jets love his versatility and he’ll be pushing Carter early in the season. Carter is listed as daily. — Rich Cimini
Kansas City chiefs: After sitting out the first week of camp, left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. signed his nearly $16.7 million one-year contract and trained for the first time. Brown entered the starting lineup immediately when the Chiefs fielded him during a run-blocking period and later a 1-on-1 pass-blocking drill. Brown left practice near the end for a conditioning session that is part of the team’s acclimatization plan for Brown, who also missed all off-season practice. His workload is to be steadily increased. — Adam Teicher
Saints of New Orleans: Saints quarterback Jameis Winston had one of his best plays of camp when he hit wide receiver Deonte Harty in the walk for at least a 50-yard touchdown in 11-on-11 drills.
Harty, an All-Pro kick returner, is one of the fastest players on the roster, and he showed his speed by beating safety Justin Evans for the score with ease. Starting security Tyrann Mathieu, who was released from the camp for personal reasons, has not yet returned to the team.
Harty joked that he owed Winston for dropping a pass earlier at camp.
“He knew he wanted to throw it there. He told me exactly what to do and I went out and did it,” Harty said.
He added: “I never lose step with Jameis. I have faith in his arm.” — Katherine Terrell
Green Bay packers: Jordan Love’s biggest year-over-year difference came on Tuesday. A day after throwing a practice-ending pick-six, he came back with perhaps his best performance of the camp.
Last year he might have tried to play it safe after a bad day. This time he even came back with a lot of pressure on his face and fired. He didn’t flinch and found his prime targets with two of his best throws of the camp: a deep crosser to Sammy Watkins and a perfectly placed ball that rookie Romeo Doubs caught in a spectacular, sweeping fashion for a touchdown in the back corner of the goal End zone during a red zone period.
“I think it shows growth,” Love said after the workout. “Just to be able to trust that I know where the receiver is going to be with pressure in my face and still try to slow him down a bit to focus on where to place the ball. If it’s your first time here, I couldn’t make those shots under pressure.” — Rob Demovsky
New England Patriots: QB Mac Jones ended his practice session with a touchdown throw on receiver Nelson Agholor that sparked an offensive celebration, but Jones conceded the defense had more success in camp’s first six practices.
“It’s very competitive and if we lose the day it’s like a shot in the heart for me,” said Jones. “So better days ahead. You know we’re at the beginning of this thing and we need to get it started.” — Mike Reiss
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