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Catch up with the NFL Cats at Training Camp

Zach Tarrant | Houston Texans

Zach Tarrant | Houston Texans

Pads are popping across America. With NFL training camps underway, 22 former Kentucky Wildcats are in action for 14 teams. Even though we’re still in the infant stages of preseason practices, early reports are looking good for the ex-Cats.

Picks by Lonnie

The Houston Texas’ second round pick will be highly scrutinized throughout training camp. After marveling over his size and athleticism in the pre-draft process, folks want to see if he can succeed without relying on his physicality.

In early reps for the Texans, Johnson lost a one-on-one battle with wide receiver Jester Weah. After taking the loss, he quickly responded, beating the same player for an interception just a few minutes later.

Early Reps with the G-Men

George Asafo-Adjei was one of the last selections in the NFL Draft and C.J. Conrad did not hear his name called, yet both are already receiving first team reps in camp. Big George got in a few plays with the first team at right tackle. The playing time window for Conrad is even larger. After an injury plagued 2018 season, starting tight end Evan Engram will play sparingly in training camp. Yesterday Conrad received a good chunk of live reps in Engram’s absence, giving him more time to prove he belongs on the Giants’ roster.

Josh Allen Sack Lunches

Josh Allen is blowing by offensive tackles. What’s new?

“Meetings about Meetings” in Tampa

This morning Mike Edwards met with the media at Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp. His transition to the NFL has been more difficult in the meeting room than on the football field.

“You got to have patience and grind. In college there’s school, tours, practice and doing whatever. Now it’s straight football. There’s way more meetings, more meeting time than anything. We meet about meetings. It’s crazy.” Edwards added, “I gotta be on top of my playbook. There’s a lot more calls and you’ve gotta be on top of that.”

Snell Yeah

Benny Snell may have left Lexington, but he’s still a fan favorite. Even though the Steelers did not wear pads on the first day of training camp, one analyst for the Steelers Depot declared the former Wildcat as a day one winner in Latrobe.

Rebecca Mehling | Steelers

Hear that Crunch?

That’s the sound of Avery Williamson (the second linebacker) getting those shoulders loose in drills for the New York Jets.

Greetings from Za’Darius Smith

The former Baltimore Raven is getting to experience a Green Bay Packer tradition for the first time. The Packers create quite a spectacle in their trek from Lambeau to the practice fields. On day one, he brought along a young fan on a three-wheeled bike.

The following day he got some “C-A-T-S CATS! CATS! CATS!” from the crowd.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR