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Matt Cassel Opens Camp As First In Line At QB Friday, July 31, 2015 | Time: 10:50 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Don't write off Cassel just yet. Despite a rough offseason that had beat writers questioning his staying power, Cassel handled the first reps in team drills to open Buffalo Bills training camp on Friday.
Diehards Line: Cassel and Tyrod Taylor took turns with the starters, while EJ Manuel and Matt Simms worked with the second-team offense. Observers noted that Cassel struggled in the long passing drill, as his offseason woes carried over to the first practice of camp. As's Chris Wesseling stressed, we shouldn't read too much into Friday's pecking order. The coaching staff could very well reverse the order on Saturday. Of all the quarterback competitions this summer, Buffalo's is the one that is most likely to extend into the third preseason game.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks Agree To 4-Year Deal Friday, July 31, 2015 | Time: 9:11 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Sometimes all it takes to get a deal done is setting a deadline. The Seahawks and Wilson have reached a deal at the last minute. Wilson confirmed on Twitter that he will be with Seattle for four more years.
Diehards Line: According to Peter King of, Wilson’s total take over the four years of the deal will be more than $87 million ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the deal includes $60 million guaranteed. ... Stay tuned. We'll have a more detailed look at the contract as information comes to light. But, as PFT notes, "For now, Seahawks fans can celebrate that their man won’t be going anywhere."
Peyton Manning Will Get Days Off In Training Camp... Like It Or Not Friday, July 31, 2015 | Time: 12:32 PT |  Reported by USA Today
The Facts: The Broncos will spend August with January in mind, at least when it comes to Manning. This training camp will be markedly different for Manning, in that every three or four days he will be sent to the sidelines. The Broncos are hoping the added rest will help keep Manning fresh, while also giving much-needed practice time to backup Brock Osweiler, who despite having been on the roster for three years, has rarely spent full practices running the first-team offense.
Diehards Line: Manning received an introduction to taking time off during offseason workouts, but as USA Today's Lindsay Jones notes, skipping snaps in August is unheard of for the workaholic quarterback. But Manning’s boss, GM John Elway, said the rest will be crucial to the QB’s success late in the season. “The key thing with Peyton, and I think Peyton is on board with it, is that even though you can't feel it now, and if you're doing too much work now, eventually that's going to catch up to you,” Elway said. He would know. When Elway retired in 1999 at age 38, it was because his body couldn’t handle the rigors of the NFL. Now it is his job – along with HC Gary Kubiak, who helped coach Elway through the final years of his career -- to make sure Manning’s body holds up through at least 16 games.
No Plan For Tony Romo Yet; But It's Coming Friday, July 31, 2015 | Time: 12:31 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Last summer, Romo didn't practice more than two straight days while the team was in training camp, because of his surgically repaired back. The Cowboys will have a plan for Romo's back this summer, but the quarterback will set it. "Tony did a really good job this offseason; he practiced virtually in all of the OTAs, some days were more full than others, and we'll just kind of watch him," HC Jason Garrett said. "We don't have a plan right now saying he's going to practice two days, be off a day, whatever. But as training camp goes on, we'll develop that plan based on how he's feeling, how he's handling the workload.
Diehards Line:Garrett added: "You'll probably see him practice a lot; you'll probably see him have some off days. There's nothing structured at this point. ..." Romo was held out of the final day of the June mini-camp like a few players as the Cowboys called an end to their preseason. Romo said on a few occasions this offseason was his best in years because of all the work he was able to put in. He had to play catch-up last summer after a discectomy kept him off the field in the spring. He missed the 2013 offseason after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst from his back.
Terrance West Opens Camp With First Team Thursday, July 30, 2015 | Time: 7:34 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: The backfield battle in Cleveland got off to a surprising start on Thursday with West taking the opening rep at Browns training camp.
Diehards Line: First-team snaps are a surprise for the back after West appeared to tumble down the depth chart in OTAs, losing carries to second-year thumper Isaiah Crowell, rookie Duke Johnson and late-season pickup Shaun Draughn. According to's Marc Sessler, it's an indication the Browns haven't given up on West, but HC Mike Pettine said Thursday that Cleveland intends to use a "healthy rotation" in camp with Crowell and Johnson also seeing first-team snaps during the practice. It's a crowded house, but Sessler still sees Crowell as the lead runner over West, with Johnson initially slated for passing-down work. Still, as Sessler summed up: "If Pettine taught us anything last year, though, the pecking order could change weekly, leaving fantasy owners flustered from September onward."
Victor Cruz Avoids The PUP List Thursday, July 30, 2015 | Time: 6:06 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Cruz is expected to practice when the Giants hold their first workout of training camp on Friday, although Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News notes that it will take some time before he’s a full participant.
Diehards Line: Cruz said earlier this offseason that he would avoid a stay on the physically unable to perform list at the start of camp and his prediction has come true. Cruz told reporters that he’s “93 percent” of the way healed from last year’s torn patellar tendon. That appears to be enough for the Giants to get him into drills for the first time since suffering the injury. We'll be watching Cruz's progress closely. ... Also worth noting: Odell Beckham, who battled hamstrings throughout OTAs, has also avoided the PUP list.
James Jones To Sign With The Giants Thursday, July 30, 2015 | Time: 6:05 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Victor Cruz’s recovery from a torn patellar tendon has gone well enough that he’s expected to take part in Friday’s opening practice of training camp, but the Giants still decided to add to their receiving corps. Jones told reporters he'll be signing a one-year deal with the team.
Diehards Line: The deal reunites Jones with Giants OC Ben McAdoo. McAdoo was on the Packers staff when Jones was in Green Bay and the receiver should be familiar with aspects of a Giants offense that borrows from what the Packers did while McAdoo was in the organization. Jones had 73 catches for 666 yards and six touchdowns in Oakland last year. He had 310 catches for 4,305 yards and 37 touchdowns during seven years with the Packers.
Tom Brady, Garoppolo Both Sharp In First Practice Thursday, July 30, 2015 | Time: 5:07 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Having been serenaded with chants of "Brady! Brady!" at various points, Brady delivered the "wow" moment of practice when he hauled in a one-handed catch from receiver Julian Edelman and then raced to the pylon to outstretch the ball over the goal-line for a touchdown. Brady caught the ball with his right hand and then switched to his left as he reached out.
Diehards Line: Brady, as expected, took all the first-team repetitions in practice, followed by backup Jimmy Garoppolo. But overall, they both got in a lot of work, at one point working side by side in 11-on-11 drills on adjacent fields. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, who tracks passing stats in practice, had Brady 27-of-30, while Garoppolo was 28-of-36. The stats are naturally best kept in context, as they don't always reflect good decision-making and accuracy, or fundamentals, which are two of the main things coaches look for. Although Garoppolo tossed an INT on a bad decision in 7-on-7 drills, he finished strong, connecting on multiple touchdowns, one to TE Rob Gronkowski in the back of the end zone that was particularly impressive. ... We'll want to see more of that given the possibility of Brady missing the first four games -- or not.
Marcus Mariota's Status As Starter Unquestioned Thursday, July 30, 2015 | Time: 5:06 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: If even a sliver of doubt festered in the recesses of the minds of Titans fans about whether Mariota would start Day 1, HC Ken Whisenhunt erased it Thursday when he was asked about his QB pecking order. "You mean after Marcus?" Whisenhunt asked.
Diehards Line: It's clear that Mariota is the starter as training camp kicked off Thursday and will be when the Titans face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to open the season. The No. 2 overall pick in the draft has progressed well during offseason workouts, according to Whisenhunt, but the team doesn't want to overload the rookie -- including too much off-the-field marketing as the face of the franchise.
Bengals Sign WR Greg Little Thursday, July 30, 2015 | Time: 5:04 PT |  Reported by
The Facts: Little will be back with the Bengals after being released in February. PFT has learned, via a league source, that Little, who played six games for the Bengals last season and made six catches for 69 yards, has signed a one-year deal with the team.
Diehards Line: The Bengals placed wide receiver James Wright on injured reserve with a knee injury this week after he passed through waivers unclaimed. The Bengals have A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones at the top of the depth chart. Little, Denarius Moore, Brandon Tate and 2015 seventh-rounder Mario Alford will vie for spots behind them. Santonio Holmes and David Nelson also worked out for the Bengals.