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Practice Report (7/26): Observations from Day 1


­Training camp opened on Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. It was a hot, steamy, sunny day with temperatures in the mid-80s.

There is a ramp-up period in NFL training camps to make sure players do not do too much too fast to avoid injuries. The players will only be in helmets, shorts and eventually shells until the first padded practice takes place. These early practices are similar to what we saw in the spring, except contact is no longer prohibited.

Here's what happened on the field during the 90-minute practice:

View photos from the first practice of training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

* For the second straight year, Brian Daboll began training camp with a focus on short red-zone drills. It keeps the players in a condensed space to avoid long-distance sprints, which can lead to soft-tissue injuries.

* The day began with 7-on-7 competitive drills. On just the second play, Daniel Jones moved to his right and found Saquon Barkley heading toward the sideline. Barkley got his feet in as he went to the ground for the first touchdown of training camp. Afterward, Barkley and Xavier McKinney shared some friendly words. "We just get a little competitive," McKinney said. "He said they won the day. It's just one day, it's the first day of training camp so I wouldn't get too excited (laughs)."

* The offense continued to hum in the early part of practice. David Sills V caught a couple of touchdown passes from Tyrod Taylor on quick throws. Taylor also found Kalil Pimpleton for a touchdown grab. Tommy DeVito added a touchdown throw to Jaydon Mickens.

* Darren Waller caught a contested touchdown pass from Daniel Jones. Jones got the ball into a tight window near the goal line. Linebacker Bobby Okereke contacted Waller right after the ball got there and Waller bobbled the ball before gaining control as he went to the ground for the touchdown. Waller caught a second touchdown on quick pass later in the first 7-on-7 session.

* Jones also completed touchdown passes to Parris Campbell along the back of the end zone and Daniel Bellinger that he caught and ran into the endzone. Jones concluded the first 7-on-7 session with a touchdown pass to newcomer Cole Beasley on a slant out of the slot.

* The next set of plays featured run plays in 11-on-11 competitive drills near the goal line. It was the first chance the team had to run fast-speed run plays in practice, after only walking through them in the spring. They sprinkled in some quarterback runs and play-action during 11-on-11s, which included touchdowns for newcomer James Robinson, Jalin Hyatt, and Daniel Bellinger.

* Practice concluded with another set of 7-on-7 drills. The offense continued to find their way into the end zone, with a pass in the flat to Lawrence Cager, and a well-designed route that freed up Campbell open near the pylon. Darren Waller and Isaiah Hodgins also came down with touchdown catches.

* Tyrod Taylor found Collin Johnson for a score.

* The offense managed to get the ball into the end zone throughout the day, but more than one of those touchdown passes in 7-on-7's came after the quarterback could not find anyone open in the pocket, and rolled out to buy more time. There were also pass break-ups from Dane Belton and Micah McFadden.

* Thursday's practice will once again be at 10 a.m. and go for about 90 minutes.



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