According to Zach Kruse of the PackersWire, AJ Dillon is going to catch a lot of passes this season. Both Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur love him in the passing game. 15.4% of Dillon’s touches came in the receiving game last year which is nearly the same split as somebody like David Montgomery. With Davante Adams leaving a massive void in the receiving core, it’s reasonable to expect the running backs have a bigger role in the receiving game this year.
According to Benjamin Allbright, the reps chart states that it’s been a nearly even split as Javonte Williams has seen 54% of the first team reps so far in camp. Last year the split between Williams and Gordon was 51.5% in Williams favor.
Considering how good Javonte Williams was as a rookie along with the fact that Melvin Gordon only got paid $2.5 million dollars on a one year deal, Javonte Williams should be the lead back in this committee by a decent margin. I view this close to a backfield like the Browns in which both are good RBs, but in this case Javonte Williams is Nick Chubb.
Per Daniel Popper of the Athletic, “Parham is having a great camp, and it is clear he will once again be a prominent piece of the Chargers downfield passing attack.”
Donald Parham had a fun profile coming out of college, especially coming from such a small school. He offers a lot of attributes we would look for in a TE who is successful in the NFL, but opportunity is going to be the biggest factor.
Naturally with puff pieces like this in training camp we want to generally “fade the noise”, but we can be optimistic that if Parham does indeed find a big role in this offense that he could be a sleeper tight end to keep an eye on. He certainly has the traits to be a starting tight end in the league and attached to Justin Herbert he could be a fun ancillary piece to their offense.
Everyday AJ Brown just continues to dominate at Eagles camp and beat writers can’t stop mentioning it.
From Brandon Gowton from Bleeding Green, “AJ Brown has been feasting against Darius Slay this summer.”
An anonymous beat reporter for the Eagles asked, “What’s the record for receiving touchdowns in a season?” in reference to a Hurts to AJ Brown touchdown at camp.
ESPN Eagles reporter Tim McManus noted that “Jalen Hurts is targeting AJ Brown a bunch, and that trend continued Thursday. Brown split two defenders and ran for a TD after a sharp pass from Hurts over the middle.”
The Athletic’s Bo Wulf said “AJ Brown has been the “focal point” of the Eagles offense so far through training camp.”
AJ Brown is truly an elite receiver and has hit the ground running with the Eagles. I fully expect AJ Brown to have a career year if he can stay healthy.
Rookie 5th round pick Kyle Philips has started seeing reps with the 1st team offense in the slot. Here’s a video of WR coach Rob Moore talking up Kyle Philips.
Veteran safety Kevin Byard has taken notice and likes the attitude of Philips as Philips has been calling out Byard to go 1 on 1 against him.
A lot of this is likely camp talk and while it is encouraging he is getting work with the first team, he’s still clearly behind Treylon Burks and Robert Woods in the pecking order. For a run first team like the Titans there’s likely going to be limited opportunities for Philips if he does indeed see the field early.
His college profile isn’t overly intriguing, but does profile as a potential interesting slot receiver. I would hold expectations in check with Philips and take a “see it before I believe it” approach with him.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network dropped an interesting nugget today explaining that Matthew Stafford is dealing with a tendon issue in his throwing elbow.
It’s certain something to be aware of, but considering Stafford did not get surgery this offseason, it’s mostly a non-factor. I would play this as mostly noise, but have it in the back of the mind in case Stafford does play poorly this season.