Mandatory NFL minicamp Day 2: OBJ, Lamar Jackson get into the beat

ESPN StaffJune 14, 2023 at 8:52 p.m. ET4 minutes to read

Lamar loves what he’s seen of his OBJ in practice

Lamar Jackson talks about how Odell Beckham Jr. has seemed so far in practice for the Crows.

It’s the second day of mandatory mini-camp for the 21 teams that didn’t start last week, including the defending Super Bowl champions. Kansas City Chiefs and the entire AFC South — two of the top three quarterbacks in the 2023 NFL Draft reside. Bryce Young, the #1 overall seed, also pitches for the Carolina Panthers.

Two teams, the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles, have chosen not to have mandatory minicamps.

Here are some shots, some by ESPN’s NFL Nation reporters on site, from Wednesday’s mini-camp action:

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Justin Herbert is not planning on “waiting” during training camp

The Chargers broke their mandatory two-day camp on Wednesday, and were headed for a six-week break before reporting to training camp in late July. While uncertainty remains about the timeline for quarterback Justin Herbert’s contract extension, this is pretty clear: Herbert intends to be on the field at training camp and will have a full arsenal of playmakers to hand out the football to.


Bills’ Stephon Diggs is back in practice after an absence

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs is for the Buffalo Bills and takes part in the team’s mandatory minicamp practice on Wednesday. His attendance comes a day after he was not present at the team’s first mini-camp practice.


Lamar Jackson enjoys the opportunity to play with OBJ “The Legend”

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson acknowledged this, who asked the team to sign wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. This week, Jackson got a chance to work with a wide receiver he has long admired for the first time. Odell is a legend to many of us [with] What he did early in his career and [2021 season] “When he was with the Rams,” Jackson said Wednesday. “Odell is one of those guys.”


Source: Malik Collins of Texas signs a two-year, $23 million extension

The Houston Texans will sign defensive tackle Malik Collins to a two-year contract worth $23 million that includes a $20 million guarantee, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.


Book’s Lafonte David said emotions got the better of Devin White

Tampa Bay Buccaneers captain LaFonte David said Wednesday that inside linebacker Devin White let emotions get the best of him when he asked for a trade this season. White reports to the mini-camp to avoid being stopped, but he does not practice with the team and instead watches from the sidelines. “Emotions were his best, but here he is,” said David, who has mentored White since he was selected fifth overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. “He’s ready to go. He’s not ready to go now but he’s preparing himself for training camp. I’ve talked to him through the whole process.”


Colts’ Jonathan Taylor looks wary of how the NFL values ​​RBs

Jonathan Taylor takes stock of current economic attitudes toward the NFL’s decline, and the All-Pro begins to wonder what it all means for him. The Indianapolis Colts star said Wednesday that recent developments with running backs Dalvin Cook, Saquon Barkley and others have given him reason to pause while he proceeds with his own contract negotiations. Taylor, who is entering the final season of his rookie contract, is cautiously optimistic.

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