WVUPros NFL Training Camp News & Notes 8/3/12
Today, most NFL teams will finish their first full week in camp. On Monday, we recapped some noteworthy details from the opening weekend of training camp involving former West Virginia Mountaineers. Today, we will recap the week that was with some notes, links, and pictures.
Hogan has sat out of Panthers’ practice for most of the week with lingering soreness in his left knee. Second-year Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera has shown his disappointment with Hogan (and fellow CB rookie Josh Norman) for sitting out practices this week.
“(I’m) real concerned. The young guys, you make good strides but then you take a couple of steps back because you’re not on the field,” Rivera said. “You’d like to have them back on the field; in fact, they’ve got to get back on the field because the other guys are getting reps and getting better. That’s the bottom line.
“It’s unfortunate that they got nicked, but at the same time you’ve got to take care of yourself, you’ve got to do what you’re supposed to do and do the best you can to get back out there.”
Hogan and Norman are competing to replace Captain Munnerlyn at the #2 corner position for the Panthers. The Panthers went out on Thursday and signed cornerback Nate Ness to fill in for Hogan and Norman.
Bruce Irvin by all reports has had an excellent week of training camp with the Seattle Seahawks. He definitely made an impression on head coach Pete Carroll.
“Bruce probably had the best play of the day [during Day 4] chasing down a reverse and then flying up beside (wide receiver Deon Butler) and knocking the ball loose that was recovered for a fumble,” Carroll said.
“(He) got beat on the reverse then came back and took the football out of the guy’s hands because he is so fast,” Carroll said. “That factor is just obvious.”
“I am really excited about what’s going on,” Carroll said. “It’s fast – these guys are fast now. Bruce has made an impression already. He has a million miles to go to learn how to take advantage of all that.”
Lankster continues to have a strong camp for the Jets. He sacked Tim Tebow during practice yesterday while playing with the first team defense. He earned the label as being one of the biggest risers in Jets’ camp.
Here is a great article by Steiny of the Jets Blog on what Lankster has had to overcome off the field: Stuttering Hits Close to Home in Jets Organization
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) looks to hand the ball to Steve Slaton (23) during an NFL football practice, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Davie, Fla. J PAT CARTER / AP
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We are hearing that Reynaud is having a great camp thus far with the Titans. He switched from wide receiver to running back when he came over from the Giants as a free-agent. The Titans feel that Reynaud can be a dual-threat player out of the backfield both running and catching the ball. Although we know him as a receiver from his days at WVU, he played running back in high school.
The new Dolphins’ coaching staff has let Slaton get a lot of reps with the first-team offense this week. He came into camp in great shape.
He also appears to be in the running to be the one of the top two kickoff returners for the Dolphins according to Omar Kelly of the Orlando Sentinel.