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NFL Check-In: Training Camp Updates and Tony Romo Thinks Dez Still Has It



NFL teams are off and running in training camp and several former Cowboys have made already shown off their ability to make plays and headlines. But first off, the Dez Bryant summer of free agency continues.

Let’s jump right in.

Tony Romo doesn’t believe Dez is done

If anyone would know the ins and outs of Dez Bryant both on and off the field, it’s Tony Romo. The former Dallas QB and Dez hooked up for countless jump balls and scores during their time together. While watching film of Bryant’s 2017 campaign that cause so much consternation, the color analyst for CBS Sports says Bryant hasn’t skipped a beat.

“…Dez never was Antonio Brown with his route running,” said Romo “but, at the same time, people can’t do what Dez does to high-point the catch. When I looked at it, I was really seeing a Dez Bryant who I thought was still a very good football player. I think he’s 29 years old and I just don’t think at that age you just fall off a cliff.”

Shortly after he was let got by the Cowboys in April, Bryant reportedly received an offer to play receiver for the Baltimore Ravens with a contract in the neighborhood of three years and $21 million.

But Bryant reportedly wanted a one-year deal that he could play out in hopes of even bigger money. As of yet, no other team has made the three-time Pro Bowler an offer. Which has led to the Ravens apparently still the odds-on favorite to sign him. There has also been reported interested between Bryant and the Cleveland Browns and Antonio Brown made an unofficial Twitter pitch for Bryant to join former Pokes Mason Rudolph and James Washington in Pittsburgh.

The Mason Rudolph Hype Train Loses a little steam

Mason Rudolph hasn’t had a necessarily bad training camp in the context that he’s a third-round pick that is unlikely to be expected to produce as a rookie. But based on the notion that Rudolph could elbow his way right into the QB2 spot over Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs, the early returns weren’t ideal.

Based on unofficial stats gathered by Steelers Depot, Rudolph is looking the newbie part in the QB group earlier in the week.

Ben Roethlisberger: 41/60 (68.3%) 7 TDs 3 INTs
Mason Rudolph: 25/51 (49%) 1 TD 3 INTs
Landry Jones: 30/46 (65.2%) 3 TD 1 INT
Josh Dobbs: 27/43 (62.9%) 1 TD 1 INT

We’re talking about seven days of training camp, so don’t write the rookie off just yet. There is still plenty of practice left but several mouths to feed in the QB room.

But Rudolph doesn’t sound discouraged and a few missed throws aren’t enough to affect his already-touted leadership skills for a rookie.

Washington Impressing Early

In the most unsurprising news out of Steelers training camp, James Washington is making people miss and snagging one-handed catches.

On Wednesday, Washington’s foot was looked at by trainers but any injury was apparently minor because he was at full speed on Thursday. And oh yeah, caught another one-handed catch on Thursday.

Things look good for the rookie to possibly walk into Week 1 as Pittsburgh’s starter at Z receiver. Here’s some collected wisdom on Washington from those who cover the Steelers.

The Chris Carson Hype Train picks up speed

Chris Carson started off as Seattle’s RB1 in training camp and has done little to jeopardize his spot on the depth chart or his head coach’s fandom.

Carson has been the most impressive overall back for the Seahawks so far and is even showing out as a receiver.

E-Man Ready for a big Year 3

Ogbah was just starting to come on in his sophomore campaign when a budding chemistry between he and Myles Garrett was grounded by Ogbah’s broken foot. He’s healthy now and his is ready to make Browns fans forget about their team passing on Bradley Chubb.

“I know he is passionate,” Garrett said of Ogbah. “He was glad we got Ward to give us more time so we can rush. I know once he heard that, he kind of picked up the pace, knowing they were kind of shining a light on him. This is his opportunity to show that they made the right decision, and I believe they did. We are going to come out and make a name for ourselves this year.” [247Sports]

Other Notes

• Lenzy Pipkins continues to make hay in what has become a crowded Green Bay CB group.

• Tre Flowers is learning fast.

• Michael Hunter is getting reps during camp as he tries to work his way into the No. 4 cornerback spot for the Broncos.

A pair of former OSU corners are still competing in LA.

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