The buzz on rookie QB Skylar Thompson. And what Armstead hopes to do for first time
One excessive precedence for any rookie quarterback – heck, any quarterback – is avoiding egregious errors.
And in that regard, Skylar Thompson has been exemplary in his first NFL coaching camp.
Thompson has missed on some throws he ought to have accomplished, however he additionally hasn’t thrown a single interception in eight coaching camp practices coming into Saturday.
The rookie seventh-round decide from Kansas State has tried between 5 and 15 throws in most practices. And he has not less than a half dozen completions of 20 yards or extra.
“It’s a great thing not to have thrown any picks but I’ve missed some receivers downfield,” he stated. “I missed a post that I need to capitalize on [Friday]. Still lots of mistakes. I knew there would be mistakes coming into this. I knew it wouldn’t be perfect.”
Thompson, if you happen to’ve observed, is difficult on himself. So merely not throwing an interception in camp doesn’t depart him content material.
“There’s a fine line of being too conservative,” he stated. “We want to put pressure on the defense, take our shots, take our chances. But also take care of the football which is what we try to do.”
One factor he has observed, in comparison with the Big 12, is “in this league, as I figured out, if you’re not on time, it’s most likely going to be an incompletion because the separation of being open is way different this level compared to college. Being able to throw the ball before guys are out of their break, being able to anticipate, I feel I’ve gotten better at but there’s always room for improvement and it will come.”
He stated group govt and former Dolphins legend Dan Marino sits within the quarterback conferences however doesn’t speak a lot. Quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell watches a quarterback make a throw on tape and children with Marino about what Marino would have executed on that throw and “we’ll giggle,” Thompson stated, including that he appreciates having Marino round.
Left deal with Terron Armstead, working his means again from an offseason knee process, hopes to play a full season for the primary time in his profession.
Beginning in his second season in 2014, Armstead has missed 38 common season video games and performed in 71.8 p.c of the Saints’ video games. He missed 9 final season with knee and elbow accidents.
“This is what I do for a living, this is how I feed my family, this is how I make my life,” he stated, when requested how usually he thinks about taking part in a full season for the primary time in his profession.
“So ideally, all I want to do is play. Unfortunately, we don’t always get to do what we want to do. My injuries have been a result of a lot of different things, more so compounding, coming back too early and all those good things.
“Mike McDaniel and [athletic trainer] Kyle Johnston and the rest of those guys have been conscious and cognizant of everything that I’ve dealt with previously, but I’m trying to get on that field every day, every play. You try to prehab, do all this preventative work that I’m definitely tapped into – the nutrition, the mobility, all those good things.”
Armstead has participated in restricted 11 on 11 work due to his upkeep program. How a lot 11 on 11 follow work or preseason motion does he must be prepared?
“Ideally, I want to be able to feel like I’m ready, like I’m game-ready and season-ready as early as possible,” he stated. “But I’m not there yet.”
The Dolphins and Buccaneers could have joint practices on Wednesday and Thursday in Tampa.
THIS AND THAT
▪ Right guard Robert Hunt loves the group’s new broad zone blocking scheme: “This is the type of offense that I want to play for, if I can, for the rest of my career, probably.”
Hunt stated he’s a “lot slimmer” than a 12 months in the past.
▪ Thompson stated McDaniel has three guidelines: shield the group, no excuses and be on time.
▪ Porter Gustin — who has one sack in 26 NFL video games (together with 4 begins) for Cleveland over the previous three seasons — has had not less than three sacks the previous week. He stated he’s taking part in each defensive finish and out of doors linebacker.
▪ Receivers coach Wes Welker, on his unit: “Everybody understands how deep our room is. Whenever you get an opportunity, you better take advantage of it. We’ve got to get Cheetah [Tyreek Hll] and Jaylen [Waddle] ready and still have three preseason games to see who’s going to separate themselves as far as fourth, fifth, sixth spot on the roster.
“I’m not a big fan of flash players. I like guys that are going to bring it every single day where I know who I’m getting each and every day. It’s rare you find guys in the NFL that are able to turn it on on game days.”
▪ Waddle, requested Friday concerning the first time he met Tua Tagovailoa: “He was quiet. He was like four lockers down from me at Bama and he kept calling me the wrong name. He kept calling me Jason. I don’t know why.”