It’s high noon...
The NFL season officially kicks-off tonight with the Hall of Fame game. While it’s not a game with any impact on the outcome of the season, it’s nice just to see someone throwing the pigskin around.
There is plenty of news regarding former Oklahoma State players in the league, some good, some bad.
Despite the Seattle Seahawks drafting running back Rashard Penny in the first round, it seems the job of RB1 is still Chris Carson’s to lose.
The 2017 seventh-round draft pick was the guy in Seattle early last season until he went down with a season-ending leg injury against the Colts in week 4.
ESPN’s Brady Henderson predicts that Carson will get the start when the season kicks off.
The common assumption has been that Penny will overtake that role after Seattle drafted him 27th overall despite greater needs elsewhere, but Carson has easily been the most impressive of Seattle’s running backs. He’s added about 10 pounds of lean weight and appears to be all the way back from the ankle/leg injury that cut short his promising rookie season. Penny will play as a rookie -- perhaps in a third-down or change-of-pace role -- but Carson looks like the favorite to enter the season as the starter.
Head Coach Pete Carroll said recently that Carson remains on the radar and has “picked up and he’s way ahead of where he was” last season.
At this point, I’d be surprised if Carson isn’t the No 1 back when the Seahawks open on the road at Denver.
Speaking of Seattle, Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr. had some glowing remarks to make about rookie Tre Flowers and his move from safety (at Oklahoma State) to corner.
“Terrific. Long, fast, smart, guy’s really humble. He learns in an instant, he takes everything we teach him in the classroom and brings it right out to the practice. Makes mistakes, learns from mistakes and he never makes the same mistake twice. He’s a guy who makes new mistakes and learns really fast. There’s no limit to how good he can be.”
Flowers is in a battle for the starting right cornerback spot with veterans Byron Maxwell and Neiko Thorpe. The attributes Norton mentions — ability to learn, apply and adapt — are exactly what you want in a starting corner. Even if he isn’t the Day 1 starter at the beginning of the season, there’s plenty of reason to believe he could be by the end of the year.
Antwan Staley of Dolphin Wire wrote a piece on Vincent Taylor’s improvement from his rookie season.
Vincent Taylor was a staple on the OSU defense during his time at Oklahoma State. It seems like the coaching staff in Miami is gaining confidece in him as well. They did not take at defensive tackle in this years NFL draft because they thought Taylor and some other young guys could be the guy to replace Ndamukong Suh after he was released in the offseason.
Here’s what head coach Adam Gase had to say about the improvement Taylor has made:
“A lot of these guys that are in their second year, they take that step up,” Gase said. “They know what they’re doing already. To me, it looks like he’s able to play faster, he’s able to attack more. Seeing him pursue the ball, he is really taking in how Kris (Kocurek) coaches. He’s one of those guys that just loves what he does. He loves being out there, and you love the effort that he gives day in and day out. He’s making plays, he’s getting in the backfield, he’s disrupting the run game. He’s just trying to find a way to get a little bit better every day. That’s all you’re really asking from your guys.”
Congrats to former Cowboy offensive lineman Victor Salako on landing in New York with the Giants after being claimed on waivers. Salako had been dropped by the Browns after they signed Kevin Bowen earlier this week.
Giants claim OL Victor Salako off waivers https://t.co/WCN2QhdRAy— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 1, 2018
Former Cowboy corner Ashton Lampkin was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs after signing Otha Peters. Lampkin was recovering from a torn ACL and was waived due to a failed physical.
Chiefs sign Otha Peters, waive Ashton Lampkin with failed physical https://t.co/Jx21UymJa7— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 2, 2018
James Washington reportedly left Steelers training camp yesterday after a foot injury. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Washington was examined by trainers and left the field on his own. That’s good news for the rookie wide receiver with a promising future.
Rookie receiver James Washington got his left foot examined by a trainer. He’s walking off the practice field on his own accord.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 1, 2018
Tyler Patmon is having a solid camp according to The Jaguars Wire. He’s making himself known at Jaguars training camp in his fifth year in the NFL. Patmon has been filling in for Jalen Ramsey who is spending time at home after the birth of his daughter.
Head coach Doug Marrone has taken notice of Patmon’s efforts. He tells Mike Keye of First Coast News:
“He has made plays on the outside, and he has also been doing a good job on special teams. That was something that we stressed with him in the offseason, and he has responded to that. That is something where he showed he has the ability to be in a position to do that, and then now it is a matter of when we start playing to actually do it when we get on the field.”
Former cowboy back Blake Jarwin is turning heads in Oxnard at Cowboys training camp. He’s the first pass-catcher of the tight ends and The Dallas Morning News’ Jon Mochata says he looks for Jarwin to lead the tight ends in receptions this season.
That’s all for today folks! Have a fantastic Thursday.