On Thursday, the 2022 NFL training camp continued with action in the league. The offense and defense worked one-on-one, and the quarterbacks took a step forward in building chemistry with the new receivers. Could AJ Brown be the receiver Philadelphia has been looking for? And can Marques Valdes-Scantling find common ground with Patrick Mahomes and help fill the void left by Tyreke Hill?

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Playing quarterbacks also put on a show, creating highlights in team practice, including a Titans guard who pulled a pick and was later honored by his alma mater. But Thursday wasn’t all over-the-top work, with one team tearing the hose for the annual gliding and gliding practice, testing the rookies’ ability to pick up lost fumbles in slippery conditions.

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Camps have dominated the day, but preseason kicks off Thursday night when the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Las Vegas Raiders at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio (8:00 pm ET on NBC). This is the first game of the preseason and the only one until two more start next Thursday.

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Here’s what you need to know from camps across the league.

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What our NFL Nation reporters saw on Thursday

Philadelphia Eagles: If the regular season is anything like a training camp, wide receiver AJ Brown will see a lot of targets. He was drafted by Jalen Herts in six practices, most notably on Thursday when DeVonta Smith pulled out with a groin injury. From Hurts to Brown, there were plenty of quick hits to allow the Eagles’ new receiver to create play after the catch. A good example came during team practice, when Brown split a pair of defensemen and rushed into the end zone after stealing a lucky ball from Hurts through the center. — Tim McManus

Kansas City Chiefs: Marquez Valdez-Scantling, one of the Chiefs’ main free agents, lost a couple of deep passes from Patrick Mahomes during an abbreviated practice session. The drops were for Valdes-Scantling at the camp before Thursday. But he later redeemed himself by catching a deep ball from Mahomes, who was slightly underhanded. The two failed to connect on their fourth try down the field as Mahomes’ pass was dethroned. — Adam Teicher

Tennessee Titans: Titans Safety Kevin Bayard had a really good day. He stopped tight end Austin Hooper and rookie Kyle Phillips in head-to-head matches before breaking Ryan Tannehill’s six-day streak with no interception during a two-minute team practice session. The veteran security man said he read Tannehill’s eye and caught a pass meant for Hooper right on the seam. A good day turned great when his alma mater, Middle Tennessee State University, was on hand with the surprise announcement that his jersey number would be retired this season. Bayard’s jersey would be the second number retired in program history. — Turron Davenport

New Orleans Saints: Year two cornerback Paulson Adebo continued to shine in Thursday’s practice. He played throughout camp and had an interception in one-on-one practice on Thursday when he faced wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Adebo intercepted a pass from Jameis Winston and pulled it out with one hand. Thursday also saw the return of sophomore quarterback Payton Turner, who missed two practices this week with an undisclosed injury. Turner hit a pass at the line of scrimmage while working the third team in an 11-on-11 late in practice. And while wide receiver Michael Thomas got the day off, Tysome Hill took the next step forward from a rib injury on the second day of camp, working sideways with other players recovering from injuries. — Katherine Terrell

New England Patriots: The Patriots kicked off their full pad workouts with the annual rookie slide. Longtime captain Matthew Slater had a hose, and the rookies had to grope for a slippery patch of grass while they were doused with water. Cole Strange, Chattanooga’s first-round left-back, loved him on a hot day. “I feel like I trained better today. Maybe we should do it more often,” he said. — Mike Reiss

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts had their most intense training camp ever, culminating on Thursday with a physical, two-minute all-roster workout that was completely dominated by defense. In two possessions, the starting offense was brought to three points against the starting defense. In the first series, the attack went three times after a pass was deflected by cornerback Stephon Gilmour and defenseman Julian Blackmon, as well as a sack from the third miss from defenseman Yannick Ngakue. In the second series, Gilmour knocked out rookie Alec Pierce on a pass attempt, and defenseman DeForest Buckner collapsed all the way down the middle of the offensive line, scoring the game from the third down. “Lots of good movies for us to train and get better,” offensive coordinator Marcus Brady said. — Steven Holder

Arizona Cardinals: Cardinals coach Cliff Kingsbury told the entire camp that second-year wide receiver Rondale Moore would play a big role in Arizona’s offense. Moore revealed why on Thursday. He beat defenders on numerous occasions both from the line and on foot for deep balls. His speed will be a major component of the Cardinals’ scheme in 2022 in every area from the line of scrimmage to midfield. — Josh Weinfuss

Buffalo Bills: Things escalated early in the Bills’ 11-on-11 game on Thursday when second-year forward Greg Russo attempted to retrieve the ball from receiver Stephon Diggs after a short completed pass from quarterback Josh Allen. Diggs didn’t take too kindly to Russo’s attempt, making further contact with Russo, who hit Diggs on the helmet. A skirmish then broke out in which Ed Oliver and Diggs ended up splitting up. Oliver was briefly held back by several defenders, including von Miller. Miller said after training, “I don’t like saying that word. .. It’s past me. Today I was trying to break Ed up, and I was trying to stop him from doing something, and he just pushed me aside. back and let these guys do what they’re going to do.” — Alena Getzenberg

Denver Broncos: For the first time since training camp opened, the Broncos completed a full two-minute workout on Thursday. Coach Nathaniel Hackett gave the offense nearly the entire field to cover with 1:45 left and the required touchdown. After an intermittent start, Russell Wilson moved things off the ground, including a 10-yard completion by Jerry Judy at third and 14th, followed by a big left-handed finish to Cortland Sutton at fourth and fourth, which put the Broncos in the red zone. Wilson threw a touchdown pass one game later. “We have a long way to go,” Hackett said. “But it was good to see.” — Jeff Legvold

Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers may have rolled his eyes somewhat when he compared Rusoul Douglas to a certain Hall of Famer defenseman, saying, “He reminds me a lot, in the deepest way, of Charles Woodson. He has incredible ball skills. practice. He has the competitive fire that Charles had.” But, as if to keep Douglas humble, Rodgers harassed him several times in practice on Thursday. He threw a cross to Allen Lazard and then made a fake out of all fake plays on the roll out and hit Lazard again. Both times Douglas was in the spotlight. “Sometimes I put myself out of position just to get into position because of him,” Douglas said. “Most of the time it doesn’t work. But you have to try.” Douglas, who led the Packers last season with five interceptions despite not joining the team until October, is doing what Woodson did, moving into slot. — Rob Demowski


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