NFL training camp roundup: Highlights and storylines from Aug. 18

2M9K0MY Cleveland Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans on Sunday, December 4, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson)

Free agent Jadeveon Clowney signs with Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens signed free agent edge defender Jadeveon Clowney to a one-year deal Friday, just one day removed from agreeing to terms with veteran cornerback Ronald Darby.

The Ravens will be Clowney’s fifth team as he enters his 10th season in the NFL. He spent the past two years with the Cleveland Browns, where he racked up 82 total pressures and 41 defensive stops over 26 games.

Clowney has been a productive player over the course of his career, finishing with an overall grade lower than 74.9 in just one season. His veteran presence will be a welcomed addition behind Odafe Oweh (24 years old), David Ojabo (23 years old) and a Ravens’ defensive line unit PFF's Zóltan Buday ranked 26th coming into the season.

QB Malik Cunningham a potential dual-threat option for the Patriots

New England Patriots quarterback Malik Cunningham is gaining steam as a potential Taysom Hill-type option in the offense.

Cunningham signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent back in May. He played 26 snaps in the preseason opener against the Houston Texans, 16 at quarterback and 10 at wide receiver. Last year, New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill was the only player in the NFL who played double-digit snaps at multiple positions in the same game.

As a passer last week, Cunningham led the Patriots to their lone touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, completing three of his four passes in the process. His only incompletion was a perfectly placed big-time throw to the end zone that was dropped by Tre Nixon.

Cunningham will be a name to watch this weekend as the Patriots travel to take on the Green Bay Packers Saturday night.

Veteran OT Jason Peters plans to play in 2023

Free agent offensive tackle Jason Peters said Friday that he plans to play this season, which would be his 20th in the NFL.

While not the dominant, every-down player he was in his prime, Peters has still been effective when called upon in recent years. He earned a 70.2 overall grade with the Dallas Cowboys last season, allowing one sack across 152 pass-blocking snaps.

Peters’ resume speaks for itself: nine Pro bowls, six All-Pros, a Super Bowl ring and a spot on the 2010s All-Decade team. It seems more likely than not that Peters will play this season, given the lack of quality offensive line depth across the league.

RB Zamir White remains at the top of Raiders’ depth chart

Las Vegas Raiders running back Zamir White “will be acting as the starting running back” as long as Josh Jacobs is away, according to the Athletic’s Tashan Reed.

White was the starting running back in the Raiders’ preseason win over the San Francisco 49ers last week. The second-year back out of Georgia played 20 snaps, turning 13 carries into 43 yards and a touchdown.

It is still unclear if Josh Jacobs (91.6 overall grade last season, first among 60 qualifying running backs) will return to the team for the start of the regular season. If he doesn’t, White would be in line to play a true bell-cow role, something he never had the opportunity to do at college. White averaged 3.6 yards after contact per attempt in 2021 and displayed an elite combination of size and explosiveness that can translate to the NFL level.


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