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Best of 2018 NFL minicamps: Everything you need to know

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Will using two QBs at once work for the Ravens? (2:21)

Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser wonder if using both Lamar Jackson and Joe Flacco at the same time will work for the Ravens this season. (2:21)

Mandatory minicamps in the NFL are over, and teams have taken their annual breaks for the summer until training camps in late July. Twenty-eight teams were on the practice field this week --the Bears, Dolphins, Patriots and Lions got a head start on the offseason last week -- though some canceled the final day of practice.

Here's some of the best stuff from around the league:


Tomlin expects Bell to be ready

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects Le'Veon Bell to be ready for 2018, can't wait till training camp.

Jeremy Fowler, ESPN Staff Writer184d ago

Treats for the close of camp

It's become somewhat of an annual tradition in Tampa that on the last day of Bucs minicamp, Gerald McCoy orders a Kona Ice truck for everyone. He's done it the last four or five years.

Jenna Laine, ESPN Staff Writer184d ago

Jets set QB order

Coach Todd Bowles confirmed the QB depth chart for the start of training camp. Hardly a surprise here, folks: Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and rookie Sam Darnold, in that order. But it's not etched in stone. Said Bowles: "The competition will heat up when we're in pads and when those things count."

Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer184d ago

Rams visit future home


No rush to make Mayfield starter

Baker Mayfield will have to wait his turn as the Browns' starting quarterback:

More from offensive coordinator Todd Haley on the Browns quarterbacks. "(Baker Mayfield's) got a long way to go. I would say it's clear Tyrod (Taylor) is the leader of this team, and that's a big component of that position also."

Pat McManamon, ESPN Staff Writer184d ago

JuJu is ready for big things

Ravens rookie impressing

Baltimore players were "in awe" of Lamar Jackson at camp earlier this week, and he has had another good day on Thursday.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson received nearly all the reps in team drills on the final practice of minicamp and he responded with his best day of throwing the ball. The first-round hit some deep passes and really excelled in the red zone, throwing a touchdown pass in between four defenders.

Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer184d ago

Next step for OBJ

Pat Shurmur said he expects all his players to be at training camp. He adds there is ‘no reason to believe' Odell Beckham won't be able to do everything at practices.

Jordan Raanan, ESPN Staff Writer184d ago

Davis opens up

Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis addressed his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on PEDs with the media for the first time. He said all he can do is "tell the truth" in that he was penalized for taking the same substance he has for years. Davis also said he's "very open" to playing beyond this season even though he said at the end of last year this would be his last season.

Wentz 'confident' with his progress

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Falcons summer get together

Matt Ryan says the Falcons will get together for workouts in July and Julio Jones will be a part of it. Jones has skipped mandatory minicamp this week and voluntary workouts while dealing with a contract issue.

Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer185d ago

Wade weighs in

Here's what the Rams defensive coordinator had to say about Aaron Donald skipping mandatory minicamp:

Wade Phillips does not seem concerned about Aaron Donald's absence from the offseason program. Said in a classic deadpan: "We feel like it will happen sooner or later, hopefully sooner. He didn't come til later last year and did OK. I guess he fit in in a 3-4, everybody was worried about that."

Lindsey Thiry, ESPN185d ago

Eye-raising inquiry

K.J. Wright was asked about outside expectations not being as high for the Seahawks this year because of all the key players no longer there. He raised his eyebrow and noted they're only that — outside expectations.

Brady Henderson, ESPN185d ago

That's a no-no

Todd Bowles usually doesn't get angry, but he was fired up in practice today when DE Leonard Williams inadvertently hit QB Teddy Bridgewater in the arm during a team drill. That's a no-no, and the coach let everybody know it. Asked later if there's a fine line for defenders, Bowles said curtly, "There is no fine line. We don't touch the quarterback in shorts and T-shirts. Ever."

Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer185d ago

Dak gets some help

Dak Prescott is impressed by the Cowboys newest offensive weapon, Tavon Austin, who was picked up in a trade from the Los Angeles Rams during the draft. "He's a steal," Prescott said.

Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer185d ago

'You aren't listening'

Malcolm Jenkins' signs turned into t-shirts. "You aren't listening" gear hanging up at defensive backs stalls following Wednesday practice.

Tim McManus, ESPN Staff Writer185d ago

Striking a pose

Elsewhere at Giants camp, star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was cleared to practice this week, and here he is getting in some extra work with his quarterback:

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Gruden learning to adapt to new NFL rules

Jon Gruden tells Shelley Smith how football has changed since the last time he coached and clears the air about his relationship with Derek Carr.


Tyrod Taylor's rebuttal

Browns receiver Josh Gordon made news Tuesday when he declared that his team had the "best receiving corps in the league." Well, here's what his quarterback said about it on Wednesday:


Adamantium, anyone?

Ravens corner Jimmy Smith made a surprise return to the team Tuesday for the first day of minicamp.

Eric Weddle attributes the quick return from an Achilles injury to certain mutant powers.

Eric Weddle thinks fast-healing Jimmy Smith is "half-Wolverine"

Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer185d ago

Cam Newton back to work

Panthers quarterbacks continue to work on high percentages passes on Day 2 of a mandatory three-day minicamp. This will be a big part of offensive coordinator Norv Turner's plan.

David Newton, ESPN Staff Writer185d ago

Texans' special guest

On May 18, 10 people were killed and 13 injured during a shooting at Santa Fe High School. The Texans hosted athletes from the high school and donated $100,000 to the school's memorial fund.


What you missed

Luck throws!

Exclamation points are warranted here. Andrew Luck, who has been recovering from a January 2017 shoulder surgery, was throwing at minicamp Tuesday. The last time he had thrown a ball was October 2017.



Who's not here?

The annual tradition of top players sitting out mandatory minicamps is here. So far, the list is headlined by a 1,200-yard rusher and the league' defensive player of the year.

Those not at minicamp:

Cardinals RB David Johnson didn't show up for the first day of minicamp Tuesday and coach Steve Wilks didn't want to talk about it. He wanted to focus on the players who were here while QB Sam Bradford wasn't worried about Johnson missing any practices.

Josh Weinfuss, ESPN Staff Writer186d ago

OBJ in action

Even with a possible contract showdown looming, Odell Beckham Jr. was out catching passes at minicamp.

Odell Beckham Jr. was at mandatory minicamp Tuesday and practiced, even if it wasn't in live drills.

Jordan Raanan, ESPN Staff Writer186d ago

Beckham is recovering from a broken leg and will not participate in team drills.


What's up with Jon Gruden & Co.?

Tempers flared during the Raiders' mandatory camp Tuesday as a 2-minute drill involving backup units devolved into a skirmish that seemed to be centered around Fadol Brown and Brandon Parker. There was briefly a pileup involving perhaps a dozen players. Coach Jon Gruden was not pleased. He sent both units to the sideline prematurely and used some choice words in doing so.

Mike Sando, ESPN Senior Writer186d ago

Jon Gruden has long admired Marshawn Lynch's ability to run routes. Lynch's receiving ability has been on display during camp today.

Mike Sando, ESPN Senior Writer186d ago

Sherman shows up

49ers CB Richard Sherman did indeed go through individual drills during the team's Tuesday minicamp practice. He's still aiming to be full go at the start of training camp. It's excitement any time you get back on the field, you get to compete. "Getting back for training camp will be a lot of fun," Sherman said. "I'm sure I'll be excited for like the first three practices, like out of my mind and then I'll get back into the rhythm of understanding it's one practice at a time but it's been fun. Obviously I'm excited to get back. My body is feeling like it has before so I'm happy about that."

Nick Wagoner, ESPN Staff Writer186d ago