Aaron Rodgers has been looking rusty at Green Bay Packers training camp. Apparently the former MVP has thrown several interceptions and been out of sync with his receivers:

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The Packers are coming off a terrible 7-9 season and a big reason why this team struggled is because Aaron Rodgers was sidelined with a shoulder injury for nine games. Now Rodgers is healthy enough to play but he’s still struggling at training camp. Apparently Rodgers has thrown seven interceptions so far and even had back to back three interception days. With morale already fading from a poor 2017 season you have to wonder if Green Bay is going collapse this year? One thing is for certain if Rodgers isn’t in tip-top shape there’s no way the Packers can put it all together. We know their collection of players isn’t that great and Rodgers really elevated this team to new heights. How many times were the Packers in a jam only to have Rodgers bail them out? That remarkable 2016 run when Green Bay was 4-6 only to have Rodgers guide them to 6 straight wins stands out. Those are the type of moment the Packers need from Rodgers but lets be honest Green Bay has had an overall grade of B- talent on their roster the past couple of campaigns. It’s hard to keep overachieving with those kind of players and Aaron Rodgers has to be the catalyst if the Packers want to turn things around. To make matters even worse Jake Ryan just tore his ACL and he’ll be out the entire year as well. So Green Bay finds themselves in the crosshairs and it’s been a while since they’ve seen this type of pressure. If there’s another losing season in Wisconsin expect Mike McCarthy to be fired and it’ll be the first time the Packers have had back to back losing seasons since 1990 and 1991. Obviously with all the prestige that organization has they’re not going to settle for those type of results and there’s definitely some concerns for the Cheesehead fan base.

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Aaron Rodgers has been looking rusty at training camp and that has to be a concern for Packers fans.

Dante Pettis is proving he can make an impact as a rookie. Jimmy Garoppolo and Pettis could be the perfect quarterback and receiver connection:

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San Francisco 49ers General Manager John Lynch took a chance on former Washington star Dante Pettis in the 2nd round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Now it looks like Pettis is ready to take the NFL by storm. The rookie is already showing a lot of promise in training camp with his smooth route running and a knack for getting opening. Pettis seems to do his best work on underneath routes and those are throws that Jimmy Garoppolo can consistently hit. When teams are trying to blitz having a receiver like Pettis makes life so much easier because he can take advantage of the open field. By rushing the passer those linebackers will vacate their area and Pettis is going to turn that into a big gain for the 49ers offense. It’s easy to see how much of an advantage that’s going to be on game day and Pettis doesn’t just get it done as a receiver either. During his time with the Huskies Pettis scored a touchdown on 9 different punt returns. We all know special teams are 1/3 of the game and when you can win on those plays it’s just another positive outcome for your football team. Pettis gives the 49ers a leg up in the special teams race and each touchdown he scores as a returner will significantly increase San Francisco’s chances of success. John Lynch has done a great job of shaping this roster so far and Dante Pettis appears to be another win for the Hall of Famer. Some people thought a 2nd round pick was way too high for Pettis but from the looks of it Lynch is the one having the last laugh. You have to give the G.M a lot of credit for trusting his gut and making choices regardless if they’re unpopular or not.

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Dante Pettis is showing he can make an impact at 49ers training camp.

Jalen Ramsey will have his hands full trying to guard Odell Beckham Jr. in week one. Jacksonville’s defensive line will bail Ramsey out though:

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Jalen Ramsey plans on measuring his abilities in week one against Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants. While Beckham Jr. himself is going to be a tough match up for Ramsey at the end of the day the Jaguars defensive line will bail out their star cornerback. They’re going to unleash on Eli Manning and that’s what everyone is going to remember. Although Ramsey can show off his excellence by limiting Beckham Jr. to two or three catches and less than 60 yards. To be honest that isn’t going to be easy by any means. Beckham Jr. is shiftier than Ramsey and that could end up gashing the former Florida State defender. Odell Beckham Jr. has more fluent hips and he can change directions better too. However one way Ramsey could get the upper hand is through pressing at the line of scrimmage. Beckham is smaller and if Ramsey can bump the Giants receiver then it’s very likely he’ll be overmatched. Now to be fair Jalen Ramsey clearly respects Odell Beckham Jr. that’s why he said this will be a perfect challenge for him. Ramsey wants to be a great player and he knows he will be measured by how he performs against top tier competition? Really that’s why he circled this game on his calendar and he’s probably had Beckham Jr. in mind while training all off-season. NFL players live for these kind of showdowns and you have to appreciate Jalen Ramsey’s never back down mentality. When it’s all said and done though that defensive line is going make life so much easier for the Jaguars secondary. A.J Bouye, Barry Church, and Tashaun Gipson will all have an opportunity to intercept some passes. Which proves it should be a great day for the entire Jacksonville team and Ramsey will certainly benefit because of that.

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Make no mistake about it Jalen Ramsey will have his hands full with Odell Beckham Jr. The Jaguars defensive line will bail him out though.

The Minnesota Vikings made a risky move by going all in on Stefon Diggs and signing him to a five year $72M dollar contract:

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The Minnesota Vikings like what they’ve seen out of Stefon Diggs so far and now they’re locking up one their top offensive weapons for the next five seasons. Diggs will earn $72 million dollars throughout his next contract and that’s a huge risk on the Vikings behalf. Diggs will pull in $14M annually and that’s concerning because the former Maryland alum has never hauled in 1,000 yards, 100 receptions, or 10 touchdowns in a single year. Not to mention Adam Thielen seems like the team’s true number one pass catcher so you have to wonder if this was the right move for Minnesota? This guy is being paid like a top ten receiver in the National Football League and while he has tremendous upside there’s some development Diggs still must undergo. If the 24 year old doesn’t pan out then the Vikings will be overpaying for a good player. Obviously that’s no too bad of a deal for this team because it could be way worse. The other unsettling thing about Diggs is his lack of size. He’s only 6’0 191 pounds and that smaller frame might not hold up against some of the big hits that comes with playing professional football. At the same time though there’s a reason Diggs did get this extension. He’s a playmaker and has shown some consistency for the Vikings passing game. After three solid seasons Diggs also caught the Minnesota Miracle so with all of those plays on his highlight reel that ended up being enough for Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer to take a chance on the speedy receiver. With another piece of the puzzle locked up for the foreseeable future now this organization can focus on taking care of all the other guys who need a new deal. Still though you have to walk away from this agreement and wonder did the Vikings pay too much?

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The Minnesota Vikings made a risky move by re-signing Stefon Diggs. It seems like they’re overpaying him.

Frank Gore is lighting it up at Dolphins training camp and that should come as no surprise to anyone:

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The Miami Dolphins believed in 35 year old running back Frank Gore when they signed him this off-season and now Gore is lighting it up at Dolphins training camp. Gore looks like a player who is coming right out of college more than someone who is at the end of their playing days. By turning the clock back and proving he can still play at a high level Gore just keeps on extending his career. Make no mistake about it this is a big win for the Dolphins. They felt like Gore would be a steal at $1.1M annually. We know now that appears to be true and give credit to this front office for targeting a lost cost but high value ball carrier. It’s acquisitions like that which give Miami a chance to turn things around. If guys like Danny Amendola and Gore can come in and fulfill their role then maybe Adam Gase can start to build this team an identity. Having a workhorse in the backfield like the 9x 1,000 yard rusher automatically puts the Dolphins in a good position. Establishing the running game is so fundamental when it comes to winning football games and Gore can fill the vacancy that Jay Ajayi left behind. With everything that’s gone down in these early practices it’s definitely apparent that Frank Gore isn’t slowing down by any means. Why not get this guy 18-20 hand offs a game and roll with his downhill running style? Defenders don’t want to square off with Gore because he can flat out punish people who try to go head up with him. That physicality is certainly a weapon for Gase and the Dolphins so this signing really might be a key acquisition once things are all said and done. Hopefully the NFL’s new crown of the helmet rule doesn’t hurt Frank Gore’s style of play too much because if he is able to run freely then Miami just got a hell of a ball player.

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Frank Gore is turning back the clock at dolphins training camp.

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