We are less than a month away from the NFL’s preseason kickoff, and this year, there are even more Ohio State alums at the professional level.
It wasn’t a record-setting draft class, but it was still a big year, with seven players being drafted and three signing as undrafted free agents. Dontre Wilson initially drew interest from the Chargers, but after medical concerns about his foot and ankle, he never signed a deal.
Rookies are starting to report to training camp today through July 25, with the veterans coming in a few days later. Buckeyes have a way of making headlines, and this offseason — including rookie camp and OTAs — has been no different.
Noah Brown will have an even more important role in training camp with rumors that the NFL is likely going to issue a short suspension for the Cowboys star running back, and Brown’s former Buckeye teammate, Ezekiel Elliott. Should the suspension come down in the next few weeks, Dallas will be looking to players like Brown to help carry the load in Elliott’s absence.
Another rookie out of Ohio State who will be feeling the pressure is Curtis Samuel. The former H-back will be used primarily as a wide receiver for the Panthers, playing alongside running back Christian McCaffrey, and is expected to contribute right away. Carolina just fired their GM Dave Gettleman, and it’s not uncommon for the front office turmoil to make it’s way to the field. Samuel will be a big part of the offense this fall and will need a big training camp to boost his confidence.
Here’s the full list on incoming rookies and the date that they’ll be reporting for training camp.
Rookie Training Camp Schedule
|July 19||Dallas Cowboys||Noah Brown|
|July 19||New Orleans Saints||Marshon Lattimore|
|July 20||Miami Dolphins||Raekwon McMillan|
|July 23||Minnesota Vikings||Pat Elflein|
|July 23||Philadelphia Eagles||Cameron Johnston (UDFA)|
|July 24||Indianapolis Colts||Malik Hooker|
|July 24||Oakland Raiders||Gareon Conley|
|July 25||Carolina Panthers||Curtis Samuel|
|July 25||Cincinnati Bengals||Corey Smith (UDFA)|
|July 25||Houston Texans||Craig Fada (UDFA)|
The Cowboys are one of the first teams to welcome their veteran players to training camp, thanks to their inclusion in the Hall of Fame game in early-August. Three veteran Buckeyes will suit up at AT&T Stadium, including the increasingly infamous Ezekiel Elliott, along with Darryl Baldwin and Rod Smith.
With camps on the horizons, players are wrapping their vacations, passion projects, and other shenanigans, just in time to pack their bags for camp. Malcolm Jenkins spent the summer being an advocate for criminal justice reform — and also opened a new menswear store in Philly. Joshua Perry, likewise, spent his time visiting summer camps and talking to children — as well as doing some yard work for his Mom.
Several Buckeyes spent their offseason moving to their new team’s city. Corey ‘Philly’ Brown made his way to Buffalo, Ted Ginn Jr. to New Orleans, and Terrelle Pryor Sr. to the Washington D.C. area. Johnathan Hankins, John Simon and Tyvis Powell all packed up for Indianapolis.
Veteran Training Camp Schedule
|July 22||Dallas Cowboys||Darryl Baldwin, Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith|
|July 25||Carolina Panthers||Kurt Coleman, Andrew Norwell|
|July 25||Houston Texans||Braxton Miller|
|July 26||Jacksonville Jaguars||Michael Bennett, Doran Grant (UDFA)|
|July 26||New Orleans Saints||Vonn Bell, Ted Ginn Jr., Michael Thomas|
|July 26||Denver Broncos||Jeff Heuerman, Bradley Roby|
|July 26||Minnesota Vikings||Alex Boone, Reid Fragel|
|July 26||Philadelphia Eagles||Malcolm Jenkins|
|July 26||New England Patriots||Nate Ebner, Chase Farris|
|July 26||Buffalo Bills||Corey Brown, Cardale Jones, Adolphus Washington|
|July 26||Green Bay Packers||Corey Linsley|
|July 26||Washington Redskins||Terrelle Pryor Sr.|
|July 27||New York Giants||Eli Apple, Curtis Grant|
|July 27||Pittsburgh Steelers||Cameron Heyward, Ryan Shazier|
|July 27||San Francisco||Carlos Hyde|
|July 28||Los Angeles Rams||Jake McQuaide|
|July 28||New York Jets||Darron Lee, Jalin Marshall|
|July 29||Detroit Lions||Taylor Decker|
|July 29||Indianapolis Colts||Johnathan Hankins, Jack Mewhort, Tyvis Powell, John Simon|
|July 29||Los Angeles Chargers||Joey Bosa, Joshua Perry|
|July 29||Seattle Seahawks||Nick Vannett|
We’ll be sure to bring you training camp updates as they get started.