NFL News & Notes Before 1st Weekend of Preseason Games
We’re just days away from Week 1 of the NFL Preseason, and the storylines across 32 training camps are continuing to heat up. From trade requests to quarterback battles and injuries to coaching changes, the league is greasing the wheels and pumping the tires for the 2022 season. Preseason is always a dress rehearsal for real football, but hundreds of players are fighting for roster spots. Here’s the latest across training camps:
NFL Training Camp Storylines
Bears linebacker Roquan Smith has been holding out due to contract negotiation failures in Chicago, and his patience ran out on Tuesday. Smith made his trade request official. The 25-year-old out of Georgia was the No. 8 pick by Chicago in 2018.
The coaching staff remains mum on the quarterback battle in Carolina, but almost all reports from training camp suggest Baker Mayfield has been better than Sam Darnold through two weeks of camp. No decision has been made on the starter.
The Washington Commanders fired their defensive line coach Sam Mills on Tuesday due to a “difference of philosophy,” according to head coach Ron Rivera. The release marked a rare coaching change just weeks before the season.
Jets offensive lineman Mekhi Becton missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it appears he’ll be sidelined for 2022 as well. The Jets’ massive right tackle suffered a fractured kneecap on Monday.
There was a lot of offseason speculation that Rams head coach Sean McVay had interest in transitioning from coaching to broadcasting after winning the Super Bowl, but that appears to be false. McVay revealed to reporters on Tuesday that he signed a contract extension with L.A. that wasn’t made public.
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