Beat Writer Round-Up July 31st

Daily round-up of NFL training camp news from the beat on July 31st...

Lost among all the bizarre Gruden stuff yesterday was this interesting clip of Derek Carr mic'd up in camp. Derek Carr is under significant pressure to deliver this season after cashing in this offseason and for now he appears to have a solid handle on the system and the respect of the lockerroom... tons of people questioned his leadership of the team after the anthem mutiny rumors in Oakland last year. 

The Browns continue to seed the media with stories about how great Mayfield looks while also insisting it's Tyrod's job to lose.  Nothing would surprise me with this joke of a staff but it's a pretty likely bet that Mayfield doesn't see the field this season unless injury or performance sideline Taylor.

After a day off Monday, Tuesday's practice for the Texans was a letdown in the eyes of BoB who is looking for more energy and focus from his offensive unit especially. Hopkins was excused for personal reasons, D'Onta Foreman isn't healthy yet, this might be a pretty thin unit when the first line guys aren't out there and worth watching to see if they sustain any key injuries. 

The Bills receiving corps remains a bottom 3 unit in the League even with a healthy Jones. Still no closer to guessing who will win the World's least interesting QB Camp Battle between Peterman/McCarron/Allen.

 

Marquise Goodwin did his thing vs Sherman over the weekend and Pierre Garcon took his turn today. The SF media doing Sherman zero favors early in his recovery from the Achilles. 

Okay, Suuma isn't technically a beat writer but this was a standout tweet that I loved... for you Fantasy nerds keep an eye on how Howard is deployed, granted Koetter is still a lackluster coach who may never find his tools but he's got to be feeling the heat to produce wins and OJ Howard has the potential to emerge in 2018.

Speaking of deploying your TE correctly... ARodg has a legit redzone threat in Jimmy Graham and it's exciting to see them build chemistry.

Very much out on the nickname "Hot Boys", very much in on the potential of rookie WR Michael Gallup in Dallas.