Another week of NFL training camp is in the books, as 24 teams have hit the field for the first week of the preseason. The games led to less real practice time, but there was still plenty of buzz throughout the last several days.
Marcell Ateman | Raiders WR: Raiders head coach Jon Gruden already said he likes Marcell Ateman, saying that the seventh-round receiver “makes plays every day.” Kyle Martin of Raiders.com called Ateman a “go-to target for all three of the quarterbacks throughout camp.” Oakland hits the field tonight versus Detroit, and it’ll be interesting to see how Ateman performs.
Courtland Sutton | Broncos WR: Courtland Sutton has reportedly been the “talk of camp” for the Broncos, which is a positive sign for a second-round rookie (40th overall) looking to make an immediate impact in the NFL. James Palmer of NFL Network says that Sutton is already locked into a starting role with Demariyus Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, which might be a bit of a stretch considering it’s still early, but it’s worth noting.
Marquise Goodwin | 49ers WR: Last week, there was talk of Marquise Goodwin having an outstanding training camp, and then yesterday ESPN’s Dan Graziano’s fantasy-football piece which is filled with information based on what he heard when he visited a few training camps out west stated that the Niners view Goodwin “as their clear No. 1 wide receiver.”
Demaryius Thomas | Broncos WR: The positivity around Demaryius Thomas this week is from an a diet and lifestyle change the veteran receiver underwent this offseason. Thomas has dealt with hip issues for a while now, particularly in the last couple of seasons, but an anti-inflammatory diet and a change in workout routine has helped DT feel better than he’s felt in a while.
Ryan Grant | Colts WR: Andrew Luck is back and looks like his usual self, which is probably the best news of the week. But Ryan Grant could be someone that catches a lot of passes from Luck, as Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni says the former Redskin has separated himself as the team’s No. 2 receiver. Grant could quickly become a reliable target as someone that runs routes the right way and will be where the quarterback expects him to be.
Austin Hooper | Falcons TE: First, Matt Ryan said he thinks Austin Hooper should have a really good year after the third-year tight end has “gotten a lot better… a lot more polished” this year. Then, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn told NBC Sports’ Peter King that Hooper has “been like a dog this offseason,” catching everything that Ryan has thrown his way.
Marlon Mack | Colts RB: Last night, Marlon Mack suffered a hamstring injury that could potentially derail any momentum he might have had this summer, but hopefully it’s not that serious. Over the weekend, Colts owner Jim Irsay said he can envision the second-year back “approaching 1,500 yards” if he is fed 16-20 touches per game. It’s unclear if this is something Irsay just feels personally, or if it’s something he’s heard from his coaching staff.