Opening week of training camp is over and done with, here are a few things that stood out during the first week of practices.
- Rookie DB Jalen Ramsey was thrown into the rotation, and seemed really comfortable with it. Ramsey spent a lot of time during the three practices matched up against TE Julius Thomas, and for the most part, did quite well against him. Thomas was able to catch a few on him, but Ramsey locked Thomas down a large percentage of the time. It's worth noting that the majority of the time Ramsey was thrown at, it was while he was covering Thomas.
- Third-rounder Yannick Ngakoue got a lot of first team reps opposite of Fowler. Gus Bradley commented after Saturday's practice that he's been impressed with Ngakoue, and that he feels a lot of explosiveness with Ngakoue and Fowler on opposite sides of the line. Free agent pickup and former first round pick (Indianapolis) out of Florida State Bjoern Werner got reps with the third team. He's been labeled a bust thus far in his career, he's obviously hoping to get the chance to prove people wrong.
- The offense looked sloppy at times, specifically on Friday, when they seemingly weren't able to hold on to the ball. There were dropped passes, batted balls, and a lot of fumbles. Bradley wasn't thrilled about that. Bortles had some bad throws and poor decisions, the worst of which was a pass to Thomas while he was completely covered by Gipson. The ball was well under thrown, and led to a Gipson interception. They rebounded really well on Saturday, something Bradley was happy with.
- Rashad Greene has looked good while Marqise Lee has been out (hamstring). The two outside receiver positions are set of course, but maybe Greene can get use this opportunity to get a larger role in the offense, specifically in the slot.
- Myles Jack is itching to go. The rookie LB has been taking the majority of his reps with the second team after not being able to be with the team during OTA's due to NCAA rules. Saturday was the first time the team wore pads, and he wasted no time in hitting a couple of WR's that made their way over the middle. His knee looks to be a non-factor at this time.
- Speaking of knees, Fowler's looks to be fine. He's looked explosive, and has spent a lot of time in the offensive backfield.
- Beachum is performing well so far at the left tackle. He and Luke Joeckel will be battling for the LT spot for the duration of training camp. It might be Beachum's spot to lose, if anything.
Those are just some things that have stood out, there will be more to come next week.