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Training Camp Buzz: Titans rookie QB Malik Willis showing progression; A.J. Brown appreciating competition from Eagles CBs

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Malik Willis earns reps while playing for the second team

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Less than a week ago, Titans coach Mike Vrabel said they want to make life as difficult as possible for Malik Willis to help the rookie quarterback slow down. On Thursday, Willis got the opportunity to work with second team attack during the red zone 7v7, and Vrabel applauded him for his post-workout composure. A strong two-up result indicates that he’s picking up on what the coaches are pitching. “He’s very good at remembering information and so his decision making, which we’re following, was very good for a rookie,” Titans QB coach Pat O’Hara said Thursday. via Paul Kucharsky. “And things that he hasn’t had to do before, regarding working out of pocket, his feet have to catch up with his mind. It gets better; it takes time. Malik has a very strong hand and a really cool skill set. , but you can’t rely on it all the time. These windows are narrow, the geography is different from the bars in a professional game, which I think makes a big difference.” O’Hara couldn’t help but smirk as he mentioned Willis’ foresight outside of his pocket, pointing out his dynamic ability to pose a threat in the air or on the ground. By all accounts, Willis is already showing improvement in the early stages of camp and will have even more experience next month. The 23-year-old Liberty product is sure to be one of the most interesting prospects to watch during the preseason.

AJ Brown levels up with Eagles CB

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The acquisition of AJ Brown has been a game-changer for the young Eagles forward, but Philadelphia’s newest feature is set to improve his game. Accession Inside training camp live On Thursday, Brown assessed how competition from Eagles cornerbacks Darius Slay and James Bradberry makes him better. “The fight with both guys was very tough,” Brown said. “… I really enjoy going against these guys every day because it makes me disciplined on my routes; I try to be clean in and out of breaks because I know that if I step off or add an extra step, the ball can go the other way very quickly. I use it to my advantage.” Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia’s biggest benefactor of the day, who not only got a Pro Bowl caliber goal from the trade but also a tangible vote of confidence, interrupted his new teammate’s interview to say how Brown’s presence lifted the team’s spirits. “This whole team is hungry,” Herts said. “So the mentality that we have right now is great. We just need to keep developing him and I think the leadership that AJ brings, the mentality that he brings, the experience that he brings has been very helpful to us as a team. Moving into Year 3, Herts said he appreciates the continuity with Nick Sirianni’s coaching staff, which he says he hasn’t had since high school. The atmosphere in Philadelphia has certainly changed as 2022 approaches, and longtime players on the team are taking notice, Fletcher told Cox on Thursday: “I feel like this team can be special.”

The counting mafia has your back (side)

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Star passer Von Miller has been a fan favorite in Denver for over a decade and will always be cherished in Los Angeles for winning the Super Bowl last season. Miller is now getting firsthand experience of how different fans are in Buffalo. “Soccer fans are great, but Bills Mafia is different.” – Miller said Thursday. “Last week I made one comment about toilet paper at boot camp and they haven’t stopped sending me different types of toilet paper and plant-based wipes.” While the Bills Mafia is infamous for its table-breaking antics, the fan base is just as generous as they are when it comes to supporting any player or complaining about the harsh dorm life in Rochester.

Reich likes the young Colts WR corps

Opportunities are knocking at Indianapolis’ young wide receiver corps as the well-rounded Colts enter 2022 with seasoned quarterback Matt Ryan at the helm. Head coach Frank Reich is a fan of the WR room, which has no players under the age of 26, and there are plenty of opportunities in the depth table. “We have this young group. Nobody thinks we have a group [receivers], Reich told reporters on Thursday. – They think, oh, the skill of the Colts is that they go downhill. Let’s see. I am looking forward to this season. They have toughness, they have competitiveness.” With the clear number 1 in Michael Pittman, the Colts WR will battle it out in training camp and preseason for a shot at viable game time. Round two rookie Alec Pierce is still turning heads in camp, and Reich says the Cincinnati product is a happy reflection of the Indy’s young pass catchers. “Alec knows from day one that he belongs,” Reich said. newbie. It’s the same with all our young guys.” You say who coaches the Colts? None other than Colts legend Reggie Wayne, whose wisdom seems to be eroding during his first training camp as a WR coach.

Ja’Vuan James ready for LT challenge

Ja’Wuan James replaces the Ravens with a left tackle as Ronnie Stanley (ankle) continues to rebound on the disabled list. Playing right tackle throughout his six-year career, 30-year-old James anchors the left wing for the first time since high school. “It’s definitely a challenge,” Stanley said. via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “I’m not going to lie.” In addition to the difficult adjustment, James hasn’t played since the 2019 season after pulling out in 2020 and missing all of last year with an off-season Achilles injury. The Ravens were willing to take the risk anyway, and James’s willingness to help out on the left is proving useful as the team prepares for the season.

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