Here is what we have learned about your favorite Mountaineers in NFL Training Camps today:
– ESPN reporter Josina Anderson caught up with head coach Rex Ryan following Jets practice on Tuesday. The team had the day off on Monday, and didn’t come out as focused on Tuesday. That didn’t stop Ryan from speaking in glowing terms about his second year quarterback, Geno Smith.
Anderson asked Ryan about Smith’s progress throughout his rookie season.
“With any young quarterback, you hope to get that kind of development as the year goes on,” Ryan answered. “And Geno definitely did that. I think he’s basically taken off from where he left off.”
Smith finished last season on high note and led the Jets to a 3-1 record in December, and had the second highest quarterback rating in the league over that span.
“As you see this guy out here,” Ryan continued, “you’ll see that that’s the player that’s out here now.”
– One of the positions of need on the Eagles defense fans hoped to see addressed during the offseason was at inside linebacker. The draft and free-agency came and went with the team making no moves at that position. Although analysts and fans saw a lack of depth there, the coaching staff did not. One of the reasons was Najee Goode’s play at the end of last season when he started in place of the injured Mychal Kendricks.
LB DeMeco Ryans likes what he’s seen from Goode.
“I think we have very capable guys,” Ryans said of the depth at inside linebacker. “You saw Najee, he stepped in last year and we didn’t miss a beat. He’s a very capable backup.”
– Ryan Mundy is having a solid camp thus far for the Chicago Bears after signing a two-year deal during the offseason. He has gotten all the first-team reps at strong safety during OTA’s and training camp. If everything goes according to plan during the preseason, Mundy should start in Week 1.
The team brought in several players at safety during the offseason to compete and add depth, and Mundy’s experience with the Steelers and Giants has him in front.
“I know they’ve tried a lot of people at the position, but I’m excited about the opportunity,” Mundy said. “I think that’s why I’m here — to come out here and help solidify the position and get our defense back to where it needs to be.
“That’s a great opportunity for me. Nothing is set in stone right now so it’s just a great competition for all of us, which has been well documented this entire offseason.”
– Charles Sims is expected to back up Doug Martin in his first season with Tampa Bay. However, during practices, Sims has been getting first-team reps in the jumbo package. He is also having a solid camp.