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Training Camp Standouts

Training camp is underway and some names are already generating some buzz — both good and bad. Here are a few of the training camp standouts thus far:. Recently, Carson Wentz has stood out in all the wrong ways. That trend is continuing at Washington’s training camp. While it is a new offense, Wentz has been inaccurate and thrown a number of interceptions during team periods. Missed reads and timing are understandable, but Wentz is now 29 and shouldn’t be struggling with basic concepts put in during the early parts of the off-season. Even more concerning is that his mechanical and accuracy issues still plague him.
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The Arizona Cardinals and Kyler Murray made headlines when he signed his new contract — though not for the right reasons. Burried in the contract was a clause that required the Arizona quarterback to watch at least four hours of film per week. That clause isn’t the most glowing endorsement of their quarterback putting in the work to prepare for games. Arizona has since removed the film requirement, but it begs the question: how much do quarterbacks normally study for games?
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Anatomy of a Play: Seattle’s Designed Cutback

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Way Too Early 2023 NFL Mock Draft

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2022 NFL Mock Draft: We Have Arrived

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Jelani Woods Scouting Report: Huge Potential

Jelani Woods spent three years at Oklahoma State before transferring to Virginia in 2021. He lacks polish in the blocking game, but he has the size and athletic profile to be an impact player at tight end. He projects to be in-line and isn’t quite twitchy enough to be split outside or used as an H-back. At 6’7”, 265 pounds, and an outstanding vertical, he’s a developmental prospect that could be special.
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2022 NFL Mock Draft: The Trades are Here

There’s already been a lot of movement in the first round of the 2022 draft, but this will be our one and only mock that includes trades from our end. I use the NFL Draft trade value chart so if you want to cry about a trade being unfair, the numbers line up very closely. If you want to see how we rank these players, check out part one and two of our big board.
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Is Trey Lance ready to lead the 49ers as a full-time starter?

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2022 NFL Draft Big Board (26-50)

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Return motion utilizes a receiver going inside towards the formation and then returning back outside. Different systems also call the motion “counter” or “peel”. The motion forces defenses to transfer the receiver multiple times. Often, when a player crosses the center line, defenses will bump a player over or change their coverage to that side since the strength has been changed. Since return motion crosses the center line and then returns back to the same side they were on, it forces defenses to communicate and make multiple calls all while being a simple tag for the offense.
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Jeremy Ruckert might not have set the stat sheet on fire, but he’s a physical and willing blocker, has great hands, and could be a solid contributor at the next level. Ruckert took a lot of snaps at sniffer where he was used on crunch blocks and sent out in the passing game. He wasn’t a huge part of the Ohio State offense, but he’s a natural fit for a zone-based offense that likes to use play-action.
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