Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t in attendance for several recent OTA sessions, but he was back at practice with his Steelers teammates on Wednesday.
Instead, the offense is being worked to Newton’s strengths as a guy who was the MVP just two years ago. The quarterback and his coaches have focused on the details of individual plays being installed—from start to finish. The idea is to get investment on each one, so that Newton is playing quarterback, and not just playing football. If there’s a difference you’ll see, I’d say it may be a little like the makeover Ben Roethlisberger underwent about five years ago in learning to play the game a little more like a point guard, to get the most out of the guys around him. But I don’t have much question that the Panthers offense will be tailored to what Newton does well.
The Bears took Floyd with the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft and he has missed 10 games so far in his two-year NFL career. Last year he was lost for the season in November with a knee injury, and he has also had head and neck injuries.
But even though Floyd will turn 26 in September and still hasn’t done everything the Bears were expecting when they made him a Top 10 draft pick, they still believe he has the potential to be a big part of their defense. He’ll show wheat he can do in training camp.
In Fulmer’s first two major league seasons (2016-17), he ranked fifth among AL pitchers with 0.81 homers per nine innings, and led the league in that category in 2017 (0.71). The 2016 AL Rookie of the Year made his first All-Star appearance in 2017. — Sopan Shah, ESPN Stats & Information
Zimmerman is one of the most prolific players in Nationals/Expos franchise history. He has the most home runs and RBIs of any player to wear either uniform, and has the second-most career games played. And he got to those records with a resurgent 2017 that included a career-high 36 home runs and 108 RBIs, his second-most ever and most since 2006, when he finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting. — Sarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information