Throughout NFL training camps, we’ve provided a daily dose of the five biggest headlines each morning. But while news varies from day to day, there have also been players continually receiving praise.
With about a week of camp in the books, here are four players who have continued to see their stock rise with the preseason on the horizon:
The Jaguars won’t have Justin Blackmon in 2014, but making the case to be the new No. 1 wide receiver is the second-round pick Lee.
Lee’s role in Jacksonville is drawing comparisons to how Percy Harvin has been used in Minnesota and Seattle — not only as a wide receiver but an athlete with big-play ability.
With Steven Jackson sidelined with another hamstring injury, Freeman is making a case to steal some of the veteran’s snaps.
Freeman’s pass-catching ability has drawn the attention of the coaching staff, forcing running backs coach Gerald Brown to say Freeman will be “a really good receiver for us.”
Jacquizz Rodgers is also in the mix for carries, but Freeman’s stock is on the way up, especially as a third-down back in pass situations.
… The coaches cut Ponder’s reps, and gave Bridgewater reps with the 1s. My sense for it is Cassel still leads, but Teddy’s closed the gap.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 31, 2014
Bridgewater has been splitting first-team reps with Matt Cassel and is reportedly closing the gap for the starting job.
For all the talk about rookie Tre Mason seeing a big role in the Rams backfield, forget about it.
Second-year player Stacy is getting most of the first-team reps and is looking as if he’s the clear-cut starter. Last year, Stacy emerged out of a backfield that included Isaiah Pead, Daryl Richardson, and Benny Cunningham.
The “running back competition” is now being chalked up to “coachspeak.”