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Preseason for Florida college football in 2021: Everything you need to know about practice, news, recruiting, and the schedule.

The reigning SEC East champions are constructing a new football complex and facing a rebuild after losing a slew of offensive talent to the NFL Draft.
Dan Mullen, who recently signed a new contract deal, has 19 SEC wins in three years, tied for third in the conference behind Alabama and Georgia with LSU.
Mullen will need to hone his play-calling skills this fall if the Gators are to win their first SEC championship since 2008.
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At their joint practice, Hunter Renfrow and a feisty Raiders offense defeated the Rams.

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Hunter Renfrow, the Raiders’ third-year slot receiver, admits to talking trash at some point in his life. “A few of times,” he said.
Renfrow was one of the few players who didn’t make a commotion with his mouth during Wednesday’s lively joint practice against the Rams, but he made the most noise as teammates roared every time he beat All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey Yeah, as in several times.”If I can beat Jalen Ramsey, then I can beat anyone in the NFL,” Renfrow said.
“That’s how I go about it.”
“The Raiders dressed up to their hotel and stepped off the bus at the practice grounds fired up, and hopefully tomorrow we can make each other better again.”
The mild drizzle and gloomy sky were also a welcome relief from Las Vegas’s scorching heat.
They wanted to make an impression, were free to run around and punch people, and weren’t going to wilt in the sun after a few plays. Oh, and coach Jon Gruden was yelling profanities and berating players for poor performance.
Even for him, he cranked it up a notch and made it plain that he wanted to win practice. “That’s what competition brings you,” Renfrow said.
“On game day, that’s what he does.”
shouting at us, yelling at the officials, yelling at the opposition
Today is the same.
He enjoys competing.

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Inside Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s training camp drill routine, which lasted two hours and included 90 throws.

Do you ever wonder what an NFL quarterback’s typical practice looks like?
One thing is certain: It’s a lot different for a 39-year-old, 18-year veteran two years removed from major elbow surgery and months removed from admitting to being worn down during a failed stretch run than it is for a quarterback attempting to establish himself in the league.The Steelers held their 16th training camp exercise Saturday at Heinz Field, and they’re still four weeks away from starting the season.
That isn’t going to happen unless

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Vikings’ offensive line and defensive backfield get a rough workout with the Broncos – The Athletic

Even after recognizing that patterns were broken and players had to acclimate themselves with a new, more crowded practice setting, the first Vikings-Broncos joint practice was about as sloppy as one can imagine. The sloppiness made it impossible to fully evaluate some of the positions, as receivers and cornerbacks werent seeing the accuracy or timing that generally comes with an OTA.

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Teddy Bridgewater of the Denver Broncos finishes strong against his former team, plus comments from a joint session with the Minnesota Vikings – The Athletic

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— On Wednesday, the Broncos held the first of two joint sessions with the Vikings ahead of their preseason game on Saturday.
Teddy Bridgewater ended the day with a deep touchdown strike to Jerry Jeudy, a well-placed ball in tight coverage that gave his receiver a chance to catch and run, as he returned to face the team he played for during his first four NFL seasons.

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As quarterback Deshaun Watson returns to camp, Texans general manager David Culley says he has “no opinion” on his preseason appearances.

Deshaun Watson, the embattled Houston Texans quarterback, returned to practice Monday after missing almost a week of team exercises, but fans shouldn’t consider his presence this week as a sign of what’s to come in the coming season.
When reporters inquired if the Texans planned to play Watson in the preseason, first-year coach David Culley had little to say during a press conference on Tuesday.
DESHAUN WATSON’S ACCUSER DISCUSSES MASSAGE REQUESTS IN GRAPHIC DETAIL “No comment,” he replied on the NFL Network.
The inquiry was in response to general manager Nick Caserio’s statements the day before, in which he stated that Watson would most likely not fly to Green Bay to play in the Packers’ first preseason game.
On Tuesday, Culley reaffirmed that sentiment.
“He’s unlikely to play in the game for sure,” Culley said, “so we’ll make a judgment later in the week as to what’s going to happen with that.”
The allegations are being investigated by Houston police and the NFL, but no charges have been filed.
This article was written with the help of the Associated Press.

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Watch: Throughout Giants training camp, Saquon Barkley seemed to be in top form.

After missing all but two games last season due to a ruptured ACL, star running back Saquon Barkley will be crucial to the New York Giants’ success in 2021.
According to reports coming out of Giants camp, the former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year will sit out the preseason and is doubtful to play against the Denver Broncos in Week 1.
That might very well be a suspicious perspective of his situation based on what we saw throughout summer practice.
Barkley appears to have fully recovered on his return to practice.

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Before the first session, Lions coach Dan Campbell couldn’t sleep.

Dan Campbell was so pumped up for his first practice with the Detroit Lions that he didn’t get any sleep the night before.
“Dude, I didn’t get any sleep at all,” Campbell admitted Wednesday morning.
“I have plenty of energy without sleep,” said the former New Orleans Saints assistant head coach, who was announced as the new Lions coach six months ago after signing a six-year contract.
In an eye-catching press conference, he declared the team will be tough, kicking teeth and biting kneecaps off.
Campbell’s zeal is undeniable, but the former NFL tight end also wants to enjoy the process of constructing a champion, and he urged his teammates to seize every opportunity.
At a team meeting Tuesday night, Campbell said, “Enjoy this journey we’re on.”
“We understand this is a high-stress situation, man, and it’s all about winning.”
It’s all about figuring out how to win.
It’s about overcoming hardship,” Campbell says. Campbell has a chance to turn around a team that has endured a lot of adversity over the last six decades.
The Lions have only won one postseason game since capturing the NFL championship in 1957, and that was more than three decades ago.
Over the last 20 years, Detroit has experienced 13 double-digit loss seasons, including the previous three.
With five games left in another disappointing season, the Lions halted their experiment of trying to mimic the New England Patriots’ success, sacking general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia.
The team opted to give Brad Holmes his first try at being an NFL general manager shortly before hiring Campbell.
Holmes spent eight years as the head of the Los Angeles Rams’ college scouting department and began his 18-year tenure with the team as a public relations intern, opting to work for the Rams over the Lions.
Campbell has 11 years of coaching experience in the NFL.
The former Texas A&M tight end played for the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, and Detroit Lions for 11 seasons, ending his career with an injury early in the 2008 season, when the Lions went on to post the league’s first 0-16 season.
Campbell, 45, joined his players for part of their conditioning drills at the first training camp practice, looking fit enough to play.
He fell to the ground and swiftly stood up, repeating the movement with the soldiers he is leading.
“A person who can get on that grind, get on his turf, and do the same routines can earn a lot of respect,” defensive end Michael Brockers said.
Brockers, who was acquired by Holmes in a March trade with the Rams, said he likes what he hears from Holmes, who is high-energy and humble.
“Everyone’s buying in,” Brockers said. “You can see a lot of young players buying him correct now because he comes in with the right mindset.”
“He is aware of the situation.”
He expects a lot from us, but he also understands what this grind is all about as a player.” Campbell got his first shot to manage an NFL squad in 2015 in Miami, when he went 5-7 with a 1-3 team before being promoted to interim coach.
For the first time in his career, he is an NFL coach at the start of a season.
“As a player, I was always eager, but this is different,” Campbell said.
“Maybe it affects you harder because it’s your team,” Campbell said, adding that over 80% of the team has been vaccinated.
“We get a few more every day,” he said.
“It’s going in the correct direction.”
C Evan Brown was placed on the active/non-football injury list, while LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Over the offseason, the Lions created a new position and hired mental skills specialist Dr.
Michelle Garvin, who worked at the University of Maryland in a similar capacity,
“So much has come to light on this,” Campbell added, “and that was one of the reasons we hired her.”
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Before the first session, Lions coach Dan Campbell couldn’t sleep.

Dan Campbell was so pumped up for his first practice with the Detroit Lions that he didn’t get any sleep the night before.
“Dude, I didn’t get any sleep at all,” Campbell admitted Wednesday morning.
“I have plenty of energy without sleep,” said the former New Orleans Saints assistant head coach, who was announced as the new Lions coach six months ago after signing a six-year contract.
In an eye-catching press conference, he declared the team will be tough, kicking teeth and biting kneecaps off.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE FOXNEWS.COM SPORTS COVERAGE Campbell’s zeal is undeniable, but the former NFL tight end also wants to enjoy the process of constructing a champion, and he urged his teammates to seize every opportunity.
At a team meeting Tuesday night, Campbell said, “Enjoy this journey we’re on.”
“We understand this is a high-stress situation, man, and it’s all about winning.”
It’s all about figuring out how to win.
It’s about overcoming hardship,” Campbell says. Campbell has a chance to turn around a team that has endured a lot of adversity over the last six decades.
The Lions have only won one postseason game since capturing the NFL championship in 1957, and that was more than three decades ago.
Over the last 20 years, Detroit has experienced 13 double-digit loss seasons, including the previous three.
With five games left in another disappointing season, the Lions halted their experiment of trying to mimic the New England Patriots’ success, sacking general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia.
The team opted to give Brad Holmes his first try at being an NFL general manager shortly before hiring Campbell.
Holmes spent eight years as the head of the Los Angeles Rams’ college scouting department and began his 18-year tenure with the team as a public relations intern, opting to work for the Rams over the Lions.
Campbell has 11 years of coaching experience in the NFL.
The former Texas A&M tight end played for the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, and Detroit Lions for 11 seasons, ending his career with an injury early in the 2008 season, when the Lions went on to post the league’s first 0-16 season.
Campbell, 45, joined his players for part of their conditioning drills at the first training camp practice, looking fit enough to play.
He fell to the ground and swiftly stood up, repeating the movement with the soldiers he is leading.
“A person who can get on that grind, get on his turf, and do the same routines can earn a lot of respect,” defensive end Michael Brockers said.
Brockers, who was acquired by Holmes in a March trade with the Rams, said he likes what he hears from Holmes, who is high-energy and humble.
“Everyone’s buying in,” Brockers said. “You can see a lot of young players buying him correct now because he comes in with the right mindset.”
“He is aware of the situation.”
He expects a lot from us, but he also understands what this grind is all about as a player.” Campbell got his first shot to manage an NFL squad in 2015 in Miami, when he went 5-7 with a 1-3 team before being promoted to interim coach.
For the first time in his career, he is an NFL coach at the start of a season.
GET THE FOX NEWS APP HERE “As a player, I was always delighted,” Campbell said, “but this is different.”
“Maybe it affects you harder because it’s your team,” Campbell said, adding that over 80% of the team has been vaccinated.
“We get a few more every day,” he said.
“It’s going in the correct direction.”
C Evan Brown was placed on the active/non-football injury list, while LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Over the offseason, the Lions created a new position and hired mental skills specialist Dr.
Michelle Garvin, who worked at the University of Maryland in a similar capacity,
“So much has come to light on this,” Campbell added, “and that was one of the reasons we hired her.”
“We felt it was critical that they have an outlet, someone they can talk to who understands,” said the group.

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Kawakami: Five takeaways from the 49ers’ first practice, including Dee Ford’s presence, quarterback enthusiasm, and more.

It was worth a double take during the team’s first training-camp practice on Wednesday, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one at 49ers headquarters.Wait, was that Dee Ford running around out there?
With his 55 jersey and helmet on, he appears sprightly, animated, and possibly within a few weeks of playing in an NFL game for the first time in almost a year, and certainly the first time he has been near a live practice in much longer?
Well, it was. And nearby, bookend defensive end Nick Bosa, who appeared to be close to game speed, was also limited to individual drills and side work.
That is to say, it’s as explosive as hell.
So there they were: Bosa and Ford, who were both wiped out for almost all of 2020, bringing with them the majority of the 49ers’ fearsome pass rush, back in practice gear and enough to get 49ers people thinking about a return to defensive dominance.Kyle Shanahan, did you steal a few glimpses at Bosa and Ford working with blocking sleds and other specific sessions during other drills?
“A little bit,” Shanahan said after practice on Wednesday.
“I took a couple of looks.” Certainly, Bosa’s recovery from his ACL tear in September has always been more certain than Ford’s back/neck issue.
Bosa was expected to return in Week 1 at the very least.
Last season, Ford’s situation was hazy, with many of us assuming that such a difficult and long-term injury would lead to his eventual release.