Biggest NFL Training Camp Surprises Ahead of 2019 Season

Max Staley
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Parsing through NFL training camp news is often risky business. How many times have you heard about a training camp star who then went on to do nothing once the regular season came around?

Even so, it's hard not to get excited when reading countless glowing reports about a player. With that in mind, here are the three biggest surprises from NFL training camps thus far.

3. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

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Emmanuel Sanders tore his Achilles in early December of the 2018 season. Considering an Achilles tear is one of the most devastating injuries in sports, most people projected that Sanders would miss some time in 2019. However, not only is he back on the field, he's reportedly been tearing it up in training camp. If Sanders is close to full strength, his return could be a huge boon for Joe Flacco and the Denver Broncos' passing attack.

2. Darwin Thompson, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

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Darwin Thompson has been really effective in both training camp and the preseason. In fact, he's already surpassed veteran running back Carlos Hyde on the Kansas City Chiefs' depth chart. Thompson has racked up 30 yards on just four carries in the Chiefs' second preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Thompson keeps rising at this rate, he could even pass Damien Williams on Kansas City's depth chart before all is said and done.

1. Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants

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When the New York Giants selected Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall, the pick was widely criticized around the league. However, Jones has apparently been lighting it up in training camp, and he's been flat-out dominant on the field in preseason play. Jones, who has already earned the moniker "Danny Dimes," is 25-of-30 for 369 yards and two touchdowns, and he's led the Giants to a 3-0 record in the preseason. At this rate, it won't be long before Jones makes his first start when the games begin to count.


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