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Week 2 at Camp Higher Ground: Cincinnati’s breakout candidates and opinions

INDIA, WEST HARRISON
— The most interesting aspects of preseason practice are first-team position battles, something the Cincinnati Bearcats lack this year.
There were few full unknowns entering Camp Higher Ground a couple of weeks ago, aside from tackle and some later moving along the offensive line.
Even at safety, where multiyear stalwarts James Wiggins and Darrick Forrest left for the NFL, Bryan Cook and Javon Hicks were always going to be the natural successors. For the same reason, picking true breakthrough candidates is difficult.
The Bearcats return 14 starters and another dozen or so regular contributors from last season, eight of whom earned all-conference honors, making for a lot of familiar faces, even if a couple could see their responsibilities expand.
It’s an excellent problem to have.
Is Jerome Ford, who scored eight touchdowns in 2020, a breakthrough prospect now that he’s the starter?
Is it true that

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How is Dax Hollifield progressing? What is the potential of Jaden Payoute? What’s a good trap game to watch? Mailbag at Virginia Tech

THE CITY OF BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA
— With only two and a half weeks until Virginia Tech takes the field versus North Carolina, let’s address some mailbag questions to pass the time.Andy, what can we expect from Dax Hollifield’s growth this year, especially without Rayshard Ashby on his flank?
Dax has always been a good player, but can he be said to have lived up to his blue-chip status?
Do you believe he has what it takes to make it to the NFL?
Hollifield’s biggest strength is that he rarely plays the position for which he was recruited.

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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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Rashod Bateman, a Ravens rookie, will miss ‘weeks’ due to a groin injury.

Rashod Bateman, the Baltimore Ravens’ rookie wide receiver, will be out for a few weeks.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced on Wednesday morning that first-round rookie wide receiver Rashod Bateman will be out for a few weeks due to a groin injury suffered in practice on Tuesday.
The No. 1 was used by Baltimore.
The former Minnesota Golden Gophers great wide receiver was selected as the 27th overall pick in the NFL Draft in 2021.
Given that Baltimore’s passing offense is one of the worst in the league, not having a true talent like Bateman available for what appears to be the majority of the preseason is a massive concern.
In 2021, the Ravens expected him to be a key contributor.
For a few weeks, the Ravens will have to adjust to life without Bateman in the receiving corps.
Rashod Bateman, the Ravens’ first-round pick, will miss “a number of weeks” due to a groin injury suffered during practice on Tuesday, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
On paper, Baltimore is one of just a few teams that can realistically represent the AFC in Super Bowl 56. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2021 Baltimore Ravens WR Rashod Bateman out for weeks with groin injury
After finally winning a playoff game last year, franchise quarterback Lamar Jackson needs to lead his team to the AFC Championship game this year.
Otherwise, the 2021 NFL season will be remembered as a huge letdown for the Ravens Flock.
They must reach the final four.
While Bateman will not change the world as a wide receiver for the Ravens, his addition to the roster will undoubtedly aid Jackson’s development as a passer in his fourth season in the league after graduating from Louisville.
Baltimore’s pursuit for a third Lombardi Trophy will benefit from a more balanced offensive.
For the time being, Bateman may not be seen in a Ravens uniform until the regular season begins.
Although Baltimore has time to react, this is not the type of injury news that will please supporters.

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The most important takeaways from the first episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” about the Dallas Cowboys

“Hard Knocks” premiered its new season with a bang, and the first episode did not disappoint.
The first of five episodes in the NFL Films and HBO series 1 featured multiple highlights from the Cowboys’ first two weeks of training camp in Oxnard, Calif., to their preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Canton, Ohio, last Thursday night.Here are the five biggest takeaways from the first of five episodes in the NFL Films and HBO series 1.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy told reporters after the first camp practice that Dak Prescott was given too much work.

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The most important takeaways from the first episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” about the Dallas Cowboys

“Hard Knocks” premiered its new season with a bang, and the first episode did not disappoint.
The first of five episodes in the NFL Films and HBO series 1 featured multiple highlights from the Cowboys’ first two weeks of training camp in Oxnard, Calif., to their preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Canton, Ohio, last Thursday night.Here are the five biggest takeaways from the first of five episodes in the NFL Films and HBO series 1.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy told reporters after the first camp practice that Dak Prescott was given too much work.

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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of the Kansas City Chiefs is out for four weeks due to a broken hand.

MOUNT JOSEPH
— A source told ESPN on Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will be out for around four weeks due to a broken bone in his hand.
Duvernay-Tardif will not require surgery, and the Chiefs are hopeful that he will be ready to play against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 of the regular season.
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The news of Duvernay-Tardif’s injury was first reported by NFL Network.
At training camp, Duvernay-Tardif was the second-team right guard behind rookie Trey Smith, a sixth-round draft pick.
Doctor Duvernay-Tardif skipped last season to assist COVID-19 patients while working as an orderly at a nursing home in his hometown of Montreal.
Duvernay-Tardif started 57 regular-season games and six playoff games for the Chiefs in the preceding five seasons.
In the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LIV victory over the San Francisco 49ers, he started at right guard.
The Chiefs started training camp with no other candidate for the starting right guard position.
Kyle Long has yet to practice with the team during training camp after suffering a knee injury while working out during the offseason.

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Lamar Jackson, the Ravens’ standout quarterback, will miss training camp due to a COVID-19-related concern.

While Jackson was not present at practice on Wednesday, Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley are expected to take the majority of the snaps at quarterback, according to Schefter.
Kenji Bahar is the third-string quarterback at practice.
After testing positive for COVID-19 during the 2020 season, Jackson missed one game.
He has refused to say whether he has been vaccinated when reporters have asked him about it this summer.
In recent weeks, vaccination has become a heated topic in the NFL, with the league issuing a statement indicating that teams with COVID-19 outbreaks among unvaccinated players will be forced to forfeit games if they can’t be rescheduled within the 18-week schedule.
Unvaccinated NFL players will be fined $14,650 each time they breach COVID-19 protocols, according to the league.
Some NFL players, like DeAndre Hopkins and Matt Judon, have criticised the league for its handling of unvaccinated players, stating that getting immunized is a personal choice.
While some athletes are still refusing to get the vaccine, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette has stated that he is at least contemplating it if it is in his and his teammates’ best interests.

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The Ravens’ roster is being built, and there are ten questions that will influence the team’s decisions.

Between now and August, there is a lot that can happen.
Predicting the Ravens regular-season opening roster on July 31, when clubs must cut down to 53 players, is generally a futile exercise.A trade or free-agent signing at some point over the next five weeks is feasible, if not probable.
Accidents are unavoidable.
There will be surprises and disappointments for the players.
There will be good and terrible disclosures. When putting together a 53-man roster, each development has an impact on the final jigsaw.
Due to an injury at one position, the Ravens may be forced to compensate, resulting in one less available space at another.
This is true in both directions.
If a player seen as a lock at a position where there is an overabundance gets wounded, it might hypothetically open a space elsewhere. There are still so many unknowns.
But, ahead of Wednesday’s first full-team training camp practice, we’ll issue our first 53-man roster prediction on Tuesday.
Before we do that, let’s take a look at ten questions that will be key to the Ravens’ 53-man roster.1
Is it feasible for the Ravens to carry three quarterbacks?
It was assumed that the team would start the season with two quarterbacks for much of coach John Harbaugh’s career.
Because of Joe Flacco’s durability (he started every game in his first seven NFL seasons), the selection was simple.
Yet, the Ravens’ strategy has shifted in recent years.
For three years in a row, they’ve finished the preseason with three quarterbacks on the roster, and they’ve required the depth in at least two of those seasons.

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Getting to know incoming Wisconsin Athletic Director Chris McIntosh: From on-field success to succeeding Barry Alvarez

Chris McIntosh became Wisconsin’s athletic director during one of the most pivotal moments in the history of college sports.
McIntosh, who joined the Badgers athletic department in 2014, took over as AD on July 1, the same day that the name, image, and likeness era began. McIntosh spoke with The Athletic on Monday about navigating NIL, how his time as a Badgers All-American offensive lineman impacts him in his current role, his abrupt NFL retirement, and following in Alvarez’s footsteps.
The quick response is that it has been fantastic.
That is, as you are aware, an tremendously exciting period.
It’s a historic time to be a part of college athletics on a national one, and then to be a part of it on a local level.