10 issues we realized from ‘Again Collectively Saturday’

5) The Cowboys is likely to be headed towards a working again reckoning. Ezekiel Elliott has not produced in response to his contract, and Tony Pollard continues to linger within the shadows, ready for his subsequent occasional probability to supply. Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones is aware of each carry worth, however he additionally is not directing a great chunk of change towards Elliott only for enjoyable.

“Zeke’s gotta be our function, and he’s our function,” Jones mentioned throughout an interview on NFL Community. “We are able to function him in a number of other ways. All of us acknowledge what he does within the passing recreation due to his safety capacity. Do not ever underestimate that particularly with Zeke. Zeke takes some tolls when he is on the market as a again blocking. So it is vital that we make Zeke — as a result of he is able to being that — actually the main focus of what we’re doing.”

It is an fascinating situation, as a result of whereas Elliott does carry pass-protecting worth, Pollard has confirmed to be a weapon in such eventualities as a move catcher. Pollard has additionally proven flashes of being a slashing working again able to shredding a protection. It is good to have each again there, however with Elliott’s hefty wage thought of, it does not really feel prefer it’s tenable ceaselessly.

That may arrange a prove-it yr for Elliott, a again who nonetheless inched previous the 1,000-yard mark final season as a part of the NFL’s No. 1 offense, however nonetheless wasn’t the Professional Bowl-caliber again the Cowboys thought they have been securing again in 2019. Alternative exists as soon as once more for Pollard, even when the probabilities aren’t frequent. The latter ought to at the very least really feel good understanding he is on the proprietor’s radar. He is definitely on mine.

6) The Cardinals aren’t leaving any stone unturned with Isaiah Simmons. Simmons’ main attribute since his days at Clemson has been his freakish athleticism, so it was no shock to see tweets stream from Glendale raving over Simmons’ capacity to maintain up with speedy receiver Andy Isabella. We all know Simmons is quick. We all know he can transfer. However what Simmons hasn’t confirmed to the soccer world is whether or not he can flip that into changing into an efficient defender.

Arizona appears to have acknowledged this, working Simmons right into a hybrid function in camp that’s described with a well-known place title: star. It isn’t the identical star manned by Jalen Ramsey in Los Angeles, however it’s one which requires versatility. Simmons would fill the job of a linebacker and security in nickel packages, able to protecting move catchers whereas additionally stopping the run within the field. I see it extra as a Rams Mark Barron gig than one that can ask Simmons to drop in move protection 50 occasions a recreation.

Most significantly, the Cardinals must get reputable manufacturing out of Simmons in Yr 3. They cannot afford to spend consecutive first-rounders on two linebackers and fail to get high quality return on both (the opposite being Zaven Collins, who began simply six video games final yr). The league is shifting towards an period through which we’ll see nickel and different sub packages greater than conventional base defenses, so the field security/hybrid linebacker is simply going to turn out to be extra prevalent. It appears Arizona hopes Simmons might be that man for them for a very long time, beginning with this camp.

7) The Bengals’ path again to the Tremendous Bowl has encountered a detour. Joe Burrow underwent an appendectomy Wednesday and does not have a set timetable for a return to camp. Zac Taylor did not have any updates on Burrow’s standing Saturday, however did say the quarterback has not returned to the power since then.

“You need to depart him alone to an extent,” Taylor mentioned, through [Update News]’s Paul Dehner Jr.

The appendix is actually a ineffective organ, so it does not look like a worrisome situation. The higher hurdle for Burrow is likely to be the restoration from being operated on than something. Nonetheless, the timing could not be a lot worse for a quarterback coming into Yr 3 with the objective of getting his group again to the Tremendous Bowl. The Bengals must make do with out him for now.

8) Malik Willis’ adjustment from Liberty to the NFL is not going to occur in a single day. Willis realized in regards to the depth of the NFL’s highlight earlier than he’d even reached coaching camp, and people aren’t ignoring him as he takes his first observe reps within the NFL. It appears his teaching employees is not, both.

Willis appeared to be gradual to course of and react throughout camp on Saturday, particularly in non-contact (seven-on-seven) drills through which he held onto the ball longer than regular, per TitanInsider.com’s Terry McCormick. Coach Mike Vrabel did not shy from this afterward, telling reporters they’re engaged on Willis’ timing as he adjusts to the professional recreation.

These keen to switch Ryan Tannehill with Willis might need to study to be affected person. It seems like this will probably be extra of a mission than a fast succession, which should not shock anybody, contemplating the place the Titans chosen him (the third spherical) in April.

9) Philadelphia is not ready round for Jalen Reagor to show he was well worth the first-round choose. The Eagles went out and bought A.J. Brown within the offseason to pair with 2021 first-rounder DeVonta Smith, and apparently they don’t seem to be trying again to see if Reagor is maintaining.

“Yeah, now we have nice depth on the huge receiver place. He is battling. He is battling for a spot, and he’s working with the twos proper now,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni mentioned of Reagor on Saturday. “He is gotten a number of balls during the last two days out right here, so he is finished a pleasant job and he’s battling for a spot, he is battling for his return spot. He is labored exhausting within the offseason to return again in nice form. That is one thing that all of us seen within the conditioning take a look at, how good of form Jalen (Hurts) was in. Yeah, he is simply battling for a spot.”

Battling for a spot. Acquired it. That battle goes to return towards some stiff competitors now that Brown is occupying a roster spot. Philadelphia stays excessive on the big-play potential of Quez Watkins, whereas Zach Pascal came to visit from the Colts so as to add another choice for quarterback Jalen Hurts. There simply aren’t as many spots to go round as of late; This is not your 2020 bargain-bin Eagles receiving corps anymore.