NFL News & Analysis

August 23 Training Camp Notes: Jessie Bates ending his holdout, J.C. Jackson's ankle surgery and more

Cincinnati Bengals free safety Jessie Bates (30) celebrates with Cincinnati Bengals cornerback LeShaun Sims (38) after intercepting a pass in the end zone for a touchback in the first quarter of the NFL game between Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Bengals At Tennessee Titans

Cincinnati Bengals S Jessie Bates ends holdout

  • Bates officially reported to the team facility Tuesday and signed his one-year, $12.911 million fully-guaranteed franchise tender.
  • The two sides had until July 15th to hammer out a long-term deal, but they never came close. He’s now scheduled to be a free agent come next offseason. 
  • Bates has emerged as one of the top safeties in the league and a locker room leader in Cincinnati. His 90.0 postseason grade from this past year is the best from any safety through the conference championship round over the last five seasons.
  • The Bengals drafted Daxton Hill out of Michigan in the first round of April’s draft, and he is Bates' potential long-term replacement.

Los Angeles Chargers CB JC Jackson to miss 2-4 weeks after ankle surgery

  • The surgery is considered minor, but his timeline to return does leave a chance that Jackson missed Week 1 against the Las Vegas Raiders and their new star receiver Davante Adams.
  • The Chargers signed Jackson this offseason to a large five-year, $82.5 million contract that included $40 million in guarantees.
  • Jackson seized the opportunity as the New England Patriots top corner last season, producing a 78.9 PFF grade and 0.5 PFF wins above replacement (PFF WAR), both of which were top-10 marks at his position. His 44.0 passer rating allowed in man coverage and 89.0 man-coverage grade both ranked first among qualifying corners.
  • Assuming he misses the start of the season, Los Angeles will have to rely on Asante Samuel Jr. and Michael Davis to step up in their roles.

Washington Commanders place Chase Young on Reserve/PUP

  • Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters before camp that Young would not be ready for the season and this move now sidelines him for at least the first four games of the season –  against Jacksonville, Detroit, Philadelphia and Dallas
  • The former No. 2 overall pick suffered a torn ACL in Week 10 of last season, and there was some additional damage as well. He needed a graft from his left knee to help reconstruct the ACL, lengthening his recovery timetable. “It was a serious injury,” Rivera said.
  • Young earned the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2020 with 44 tackles, 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. His 87.1 PFF grade that season ranked fifth among all qualifying edge rushers.
  • He’s also been one of the more productive players at the position against the run, grading in the 92nd percentile among all edge defenders in PFF run-defense grade since entering the league.

Detroit Lions place WR Jameson Williams on non-football injury list

  • This was always the expectation when the Lions traded up and drafted Williams No. 12 overall in April’s draft. He’s recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the National Championship Game while playing for Alabama in January.
  • The move to the NFI list means Williams will miss a minimum of four games to start the season, but it wouldn’t be a shock if he misses a little more than that as Detroit has no plans to rush him back on the field. Players on the NFI list do not count against the 53-player limit.
  • Williams was one of the most electric players in all of college football last season, hauling in 79 passes for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. He ranked among the top five among FBS receivers in touchdowns on deep passes, YAC per reception and yards per deep route run.

Carolina Panthers place quarterback Matt Corral on season-ending IR

  • It’s a Lisfranc injury for Corral, who suffered the injury during Friday night’s preseason game against the Patriots.
  • The Panthers traded up to select the Ole Miss product in the third round of April’s draft.
  • He likely would have been the third quarterback, behind starter Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold. Carolina also has former XFL star PJ Walker, who is now more than likely to make the roster.
  • Corral went 1-for-9 in the preseason opener against Washington and was 9-for-15 for 58 yards against New England. He earned an 45.8 overall PFF grade.

Baltimore Ravens place RB Gus Edwards on Reserve/PUP

  • Edwards missed all of last season with a torn ACL and will now miss at least the first four games of this season as he continues to recover.
  • Edwards has averaged over 5.0 yards per carry and 3.2 yards per carry after contact in each season of his NFL career, grading well in all three years. He earned a career-best 85.8 PFF grade in 2020 and had 10 rushes of 15 or more yards that year on 162 carries.
  • Baltimore is expected to have JK Dobbins back after he too suffered a torn ACL last year. He’s been practicing with the team and they’re hopeful he’ll be good to go for Week 1. Mike Davis, Justice Hill, rookie Tyler Badie and Nate McCrary round out the running back room.

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