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August 19 Training Camp Notes: Miles Sanders' hamstring injury, Ravens sign Demarcus Robinson and more

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders dealing with a hamstring injury

  • Head coach Nick Sirianni said Sanders is dealing with soreness and tightness in his hamstring and there is currently no timetable for him to get back on the field. He later added that they’re just taking extra precautions.
  • Sanders is coming off a season in which he improved his overall PFF grade to a career-best 70.2, but that still ranked 27th at the position among qualifiers. 
  • He became just the 10th running back since 2010 to record 100-plus touches in a season without scoring a touchdown.
  • Sanders is entering a pivotal year as he’s in the final year of his rookie contract. The Eagles used a running back by committee approach last season and there’s no reason to think they won’t do it again this season.

Cleveland Browns QB Jacoby Brissett: “I’m just excited for the opportunity.”

  • With Deshaun Watson officially suspended for 11 games, the Browns and Brissett now finally know what they’re dealing with and what to expect this season. 
  • “I’m just excited for the opportunity. I don’t take it lightly, obviously,” Brissett said. “Just going out there, continuing to be the man that I am, the player that I am, the teammate that I am. And I think all of that stuff kind of takes care of itself and I don’t have to really speak on that.”
  • The Browns signed Brissett to a one-year contract this offseason knowing Watson would be off the field for an unknown amount of time. There were questions about if Cleveland would look for a different quarterback if Watson was suspended for a full season, but that now appears to be out of the question.
  • This is not the first time Brissett has had to fill in as a starter. As a rookie for the Patriots in 2016, he had to step in after Tom Brady was suspended for Deflategate and Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a shoulder injury. In 2019, Brissett suddenly became the starter for the Colts after Andrew Luck‘s shocking retirement. Last year, he replaced an injured Tua Tagovailoa and eventually started five games, earning a career-high 76.3 PFF grade.

Baltimore Ravens sign wide receiver DeMarcus Robinson

Seattle Seahawks HC Pete Carroll says COVID hit Drew Lock “pretty hard”

  • Lock was supposed to start Thursday night’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears
  • “He’s really sick,” head coach Pete Carroll said. “He was sick. It hit him pretty hard.”
  • Lock is eligible to return to the team on Sunday, as the current rules state a player who tests positive must be isolated for a minimum of five days. 
  • Geno Smith once again got the start on Thursday night and had a golden opportunity to distance the gap in the quarterback competition. Nonetheless, he likely didn’t do enough, finishing 10-of-18 for 112 yards and no touchdowns in two quarters of play. He earned an 80.7 overall grade.
  • The Seahawks are scheduled to play the Dallas Cowboys in their third and final preseason game and the quarterback competition could very well go down to the wire.

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Cincinnati BengalsCam Taylor-Britt to miss rest of camp following surgery

  • The second-round rookie out of Nebraska underwent core muscle surgery and the hope is he’ll be back on the field early in the regular season.
  • Cincinnati traded up three spots to secure the Big Ten product in April’s draft. He improved his PFF grade every year of his collegiate career and allowed a reception on just 53% of his targets in 2021.
  • According to local reports, Taylor-Britt was making a late push to take over Eli Apple’s starting role, but that’s likely no longer the case with him out a few weeks. 
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