Ohio State football under Urban Meyer operates under a constant state of urgency.
Yesterday Michael Thomas electrified Saints practice with a one-handed grab. Today:
He was not being guarded by former and current teammate Vonn Bell on that play, who picked off Drew Brees yesterday and is wearing the best gloves among all NFL rookies (above) today.
Free Agent Jalin Marshall - as everyone expected after he went undrafted - is arguably making the biggest splash of any of the NFL Buckeyes appearing in their first training camps:
On punt returns, Jalin Marshall looking faster than advertised.— JetNation.com (@JetNation) July 29, 2016
If you played in the defensive back-seven for the 2014 Alabama Crimson Tide you should avoid looking at this next tweet LOOK AWAY LOOK AWAY TOO SOON
Jalin Marshall made another play on a deep in. #Jets— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) July 29, 2016
Not buying the hype yet? Don't trust random tweets? Ask his teammates then.
"I'm in love with Jalin, it's as simple as that," Brandon Marshall said quite bluntly. "The kid is special. I mean, he's just got it. His mentality, his approach to the game, he's smart, he has skills. So, he's a rookie and he has to work at it and get better and we'll see."
"Love Jalin a lot. Not only is he physically gifted, he's going to help us in the receivers' room (and) he's going to help us on special teams, but he's a guy that's hungry for knowledge in the meeting rooms, Eric Decker said. "He's asking questions, he knows his stuff, and being in the league for awhile it's good to see those guys when they're hungry and they want to learn."
Staying in New York, Adolphus Washington has stepped into a rookie's dream scenario:
Diesel will have to beat out Northwestern alumnus and NFL veteran Corbin Bryant for the job. Bryant started 10 games for the Bills last year and recorded zero sacks.
His former and current teammate Cardale Jones is trying to win the backup job behind Tyrod Taylor for the Bills against E.J. Manuel. Thus far he's doing some extremely-Cardale things:
First on the field for #BillsCamp is Cardale Jones.— Thomas DeLaus (@RandomlyRufus) July 30, 2016
It looks like his arm strength hasn't waned a bit. That's good! And not good! It's still early!
Early observations of Cardale Jones: has a great spiral/arm, not so great accuracy. Just overthrew three straight WRs. #BillsCamp— Cam Boon (@lilboon) July 30, 2016
Meanwhile in that State up North:
Offensive Line at today's Lions practice— Detroit Lions Fans (@DetLionBlood) July 29, 2016
LT - Taylor Decker
LG - Laken Tomlinson
C - Travis Swanson
RG - Larry Warford
RT - Riley Reiff
That's where Decker played during spring practices and it looks as though Detroit is intent on keeping him there, which means he'll be in charge of protecting Matthew Stafford's blind side, as a rookie. Good luck, Guy Who Jim Bollman Didn't Bother Recruiting.
Opportunities abound. Houston Texans' Pro Bowler DeAndre Hopkins left training camp to hold out for a new contract, which moves everyone up in the practice rotation:
With Hopkins on the sidelines, look for 1st and 3rd-round picks, Will Fuller and Braxton Miller, to get more reps— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) July 30, 2016
Braxton signed a 4-year, $3.11MM contract in May and he now has the chance to show that he's underpaid.
Eli Apple enters his rookie season in good shape for some serious playing time:
It looks as if the #Giants are running a 3-man rotation with their first-team CBs on the outside w/DRC, Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) July 30, 2016
That's great for him. Wait hold on who will he have to cover in practice oh nooooo
Eli Apple is big for a corner, but much too physical so far today. Just interfered with Beckham along the sideline. #NYG— Alex Raskin (@alexraskinNYC) July 30, 2016
Welp, iron sharpens iron. Apple will do nothing but improve facing ODB every day in practice.
We'll close with Nick Vannett in Seattle, where he's intent on making his presence felt both as a blocker and as a target for Russell Wilson in the seam:
@N_Vannett81 You went to Ohio U, right? Go Bobcats! :)— John Swartz (@johnswartz75) July 30, 2016
Yes sir, he sure did. Go Bobcats.
And Go NFL Buckeyes. Make those professional waves.