Patterson injured his shoulder in a an attempt to make a leaping grab in practice. Fortunately, all signs indicate the injury is not anything serious, so he should not be sidelined long.
Hopkins has seen his numbers increase in each of his three seasons with the Texans, and finished the 2015 season with a remarkable 1,521 receiving yards, 111 receptions, and 11 touchdowns. His current contract does not correlate with this type of production as he is set to earn just one million this season followed by a jump to eight million in 2017. Hopkins has made references to the media over the summer about his displeasure with the current state of his contract, but this is the first time he has acted on it. He is now subject to a $40,000 fine each day he holds out.
With Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) both unavailable, Moore is already getting quite a bit of work with Joe Flacco and the first-team offense. The rookie reportedly caught long touchdown passes from Flacco in both of the team's first two training camp practices, showing off the deep speed that allowed him to produce 19.3 yards per catch at the University of Cincinnati. Of course, the sample is still very small and the Ravens have a number of other young wideouts competing for depth roles, including Michael Campanaro, Jeremy Butler and Keenan Reynolds. Even if Smith and Perriman aren't ready by Week 1, it seems unlikely that Moore would start the season any higher than third or fourth on the depth chart.
Patterson fell hard on his left shoulder after making a leaping grab over a teammate. The wideout was down on the field for a few minutes, but coach Mike Zimmer said after practice that he doesn't think the injury is serious. It still won't be surprising if Patterson has X-rays on his shoulder/collarbone area.
The second-year receiver looks to have plenty on his plate this summer, given that he's also one of the leading contenders for Tampa's third receiver job. Bell boasts solid college pedigree in the kickoff return area, having tallied 1,277 yards and a touchdown on 51 runbacks over four seasons at Nebraska while bringing 4.4 speed to the equation as well.
The third-year receiver and Winston have been hard at work throughout the offseason with the goal of building chemistry the likes of what was seen on the practice field Friday. Kania reports that Evans hauled in "what seemed like 75 percent" of Winston's passes on the day, including a couple of deep balls. After an NFL-leading 12 drops in 2015, the Texas A & M product has vowed to significantly improve in that area in the coming season, and is off to a strong start towards the goal over the pair of training camp practices.
This was to be expected, given that Shepard also worked with the first unit throughout much of the offseason program. The second-round rookie doesn't have much competition for snaps, as there seems to be universal agreement that Victor Cruz is still only a shell of his peak self.
Wallace hit five of the test's six benchmarks Thursday, leaving little question he'd be able to pass within the first few days of training camp. This can now be written off as a non-issue, as there's been no indication Wallace showed up to camp overweight or otherwise out of shape. With Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) both shaky for the early part of the season, Wallace and Kamar Aiken may need to lead the Baltimore wideout corps.
Cruz had not practiced in full since last September, so even though Friday marked the opening day of camp, the fact that he was able to do everything is certainly a positive sign. Due to a knee and calf injury, Cruz hasn't played since Week 6 of the 2014 campaign, but was running routes with his teammates and catching passes Friday. Afterward, Cruz stated he's nearing full speed, and although coach Ben McAdoo acknowledged the wideout's progress will be monitored, particularly as more team drills approach, he expects Cruz to practice without limitations going forward.
The latest report sheds light on Smith's rehab process, which has apparently been even more grueling than expected due to the extreme nature of his torn Achilles. Dr. Robert Anderson, one of the leading orthopedic surgeons for professional athletes, told Smith it was the first time he had ever seen a double Achilles rupture. Already facing an uphill climb, Smith figures to miss most or all of training camp, leaving him on the doubtful side of questionable for the start of the season. He still needs time to build his leg back to strength before he can even think about resuming normal workouts with his teammates. A mid-season return in a part-time role seems like a realistic target for the 37-year-old wideout.