NFL News Roundup: Kirk Cousins tests positive for COVID-19, Julio Jones getting used to Buccaneers offense and more

Don’t we just love this time of year in the NFL? The teams have finished the training camp and are looking forward to their preparatory games. It’s a chance for the players to make their mark and try to form the final 53-man roster.

Hence there is so much news in the league with injuries, contract situations and more. Yesterday we saw Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady leave practice due to personal reasons. The 45-year-old won’t be back with the team until after the second preseason game in Tampa Bay next week. The Cleveland Browns are reportedly interested in signing Jimmy Garoppolo should Deshaun Watson’s six-game ban be extended.

Which brings us to today’s news. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​has tested positive for COVID-19. He will miss Sunday’s preseason opener against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers new wide receiver Julio Jones gets used to offense and picks it up quickly. Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Malik Willis on his debut. He said there’s a lot to see in the film after his first NFL appearance.

Here are the latest headlines from around the NFL today.

Kirk Cousins ​​is missing the first NFL preseason game after testing positive for COVID-19

Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions
Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions

Kirk Cousins ​​will not qualify for Vikings’ first preseason game after testing positive for COVID-19. He was sent home from practice and will not take part in Sunday’s game against the Raiders.

#Vikings QB Kirk Cousins ​​tests positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday’s preseason game, according to head coach Kevin O’Connell.

Cousins, like many NFL players, chose not to get vaccinated last year. He had a decent season, throwing for 33 touchdowns against seven interceptions. However, the Vikings ended the year 8-8.

Julio Jones feels comfortable on the Buccaneers offense

Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp
Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp

Tom Brady’s newest weapon is getting comfortable. Julio Jones has only been with the team for a few weeks, but he’s already going on the offensive.

Speaking to the Tampa Bay Times, Jones said it all came together for him. Here’s what he said:

“Everything comes to me. The soccer game, you just don’t want to have to go out there and think. You want it to be second nature to you. But I pick it up pretty quickly and it was good.”

Jones hopes to end the season with his first Super Bowl win after trading Tennessee for Tampa Bay.

Malik Willis reviews his debut

Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens
Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens

The rookie quarterback endured an up and down debut for the Titans. He completed 6/11 passes for 107 yards while also rushing for 38 yards and a touchdown on five carries.

There’s plenty for Willis to do, and it starts with watching a film of his performance.

Willis said via

“I mean, you have a lot to learn, a lot to see in the film, so I think it’s really cool to go out and play football again. I probably missed some things and I just made up for it with my legs and continue to rely on it, but that’s what preseason is for… You have to watch the film, validate it and move on.

I know it’s only preseason but Malik Willis looked sharp in his debut last night. But what about Patrick Mahome’s arm angle throw to the TE 😱 #NFL

Willis is hoping to continue his form into preseason as he looks to earn a substitute spot and maybe even grab Ryan Tannehill.

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