From V-Ry the Sports Guy, 8/3/21
Bills Training Camp
Saturday was a beautiful day at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY, the sun was out, as were about 15,000 Bills fans. It was the first weekend practice of training camp and the players looked eager to get back on the field. Josh Allen looks primed to repeat as an MVP candidate, consistently making difficult throws that only a handful of NFL quarterbacks can make. He was standing tall in the pocket and delivering the ball on time with velocity, often in to very tight windows. Backup quarterback Mitchell Trubisky looked confident throwing the football as he worked with the second team offense. He made some nice throws and showed off his arm strength on a few nice deep balls. To me the stand out of the practices would have to be tight end Dawson Knox, who is in a make or break season. He has all the talent and physical skills in the world to excel at the position, but has struggled with drops and consistency in his first two years with the team. He spent the majority of the off-season in California working out with quarterback Josh Allen and it looks like it has paid off. Knox looked extremely confident on the field running crisp routes, moving quickly in and out his breaks, and making difficult catches with no drops that I saw. The defense did a lot of position drills, but when given the opportunity was able to put consistent pressure on the passer.
In other news, the U.S. Men’s National Team won the Gold Cup, defeating perennial powerhouse Mexico 1-0 in extra time. Mexico was by far the better and more experienced team, but the U.S. played with heart, grit, and unrelenting determination. It appears U.S. men’s soccer has once again achieved respectability after many disappointing years of underperforming. The winning goal was scored in the 117’ off of a set piece as defender Miles Robinson put a beautiful header past Mexico’s goalkeeper. Midfielder Kellyn Acosta who played the game of his life defensively, delivered a perfect entry on the free kick to facilitate the winning goal. Goalkeeper Matt Turner had a tournament for the history books allowing only one goal and posting five shutouts en route to winning the golden glove for best goalkeeper. It’s the 7th Gold Cup victory for the U.S. and the first since 2017. The U.S. also beat Mexico 3-2 in the Nation’s League Final in June.