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Football is back! We've got you covered from July 24 through August 5 with NFL Network's "Inside Training Camp Live" providing 12 hours of live coverage each day beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Every day we'll feature highlights from the show and our reporters in the field. Here's Friday's batch:

» Johnny Football speaks! And NFL Media's Dan Hellie was on the scene to see the Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback address the media.

» Inside Training Camp Live and NFL Total Access' personalities were not on board with Manziel's antics. "If (he's) about the Browns, (partying) is not about the Browns," Michael Robinson stated. "If you want to understand (how to be an NFL quarterback), talk to some of those guys! Not LeBron James!" Warren Sapp later exclaimed.

» The aforementioned Robinson could have a great second act to his career as a reporter. One day after the former Seahawks running back hit the NFL universe with his exclusive scoop on Marshawn Lynch holding out from training camp, Robinson said he talked to Lynch for a number of hours on Thursday. Robinson noted that one of the reasons why the All-Pro is a no-show thus far is because he wants to be respected as one of the faces of the Seahawks franchise.

"What I gauged from the conversation, it seems as if we have a case where a team doesn't want to set a precedent in paying a guy two years before his contract ends and you have a player who feels he's clearly outplayed the contract," Robinson said. "And you have to think about Marshawn, he's a little different in this. He takes his money very seriously, he takes his foundation very seriously and in my opinion, that's what it should be about. He's trying to maximize his financial earnings while he still has time left in the league so that it can help him with his post-career and his foundation."

Robinson, who was teammates with Lynch for four years, added that Beast Mode is "very firm, his resolve is there and he's thought about this very much. This is not a decision he came at lightly. He very much wishes he could be with his team, he misses his teammates."

Coach Pete Carroll said he was "disappointed" in Lynch's holdout, while NFL Media's Deion Sanders said he "doesn't blame (Lynch) one bit." Since the Seahawks have no intention of upgrading Lynch's contract, there isn't an easy solution in sight. This game of chicken is just getting started.

» When asked if Lynch deserved a new pay day on Training Camp Primetime, Sanders' answer was simple: "Pay the man! Why is it OK to talk about Big Ben, but we can't talk about Beast Mode? He is all of that and a bag of chips."

» NFL Media's Rich Eisen spent the day in Seattle with the Seahawks, chatting with quarterback Russell Wilson, defensive backs Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas and coach Carroll. For a notoriously cloudy city, it looked like a good day for football.

» In catching up with Sherman and Thomas, Eisen asked if opening night against the Green Bay Packers would feel any different, to which Thomas said, "When we won the Super Bowl last year, it felt like a regular game." Eisen asked, "Did it really?" Then, Thomas revealed, "Yes. You know what I was doing when the confetti was going down? I had to use the restroom." TMI, Earl.

» Wide receiver Andre Johnson's offseason-long standoff with the Houston Texans looks as if it's over. The franchise icon showed up for the opening of training camp on Friday.

"I just love playing the game of football," Johnson told reporters. "It's my job to make up for the time that I missed. I'm gonna work my butt off, like I always do.

"I feel very comfortable where the organization is going. I think a lot of what was said in the offseason had to do with things that had happened in the past eight, nine years or so."

Johnson's arrival surely is a welcome sight for Texans fans.

» NFL Media columnist Michael Silver traveled from hot and humid Denver to nice and cool Santa Clara, California, to take in 49ers camp. Lucky guy got a inside look at the new Levi's Stadium with team CEO Jed York. We're also excited for football to be played there.

» NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala noted Browns coach Mike Pettine has empowered play-caller Kyle Shanahan with a lot of freedom within the Browns' offense. The defensive-minded Pettine wants a run-first, ball-control offense. Shanahan guided running back Alfred Morris to the second-most rushing yards in the NFL over the last two seasons with the Redskins. He should be up for the challenge in Cleveland.

» Apparently Kinkhabwala has made quite the impression with her solid work in Berea, Ohio. Chomps, the Browns' mascot, made a not so subtle inquiry. Spoiler alert: Kinkhabwala is happily married, and she's not too enthusiastic about a long-distance relationship.

» Cleveland is where it's at! Someone just pulled into the Browns facility in a camouflage Porsche. Kinkhabwala said, "I would tell you who it was but my eyes never got past the paint job." Aditi, Google has you covered. The driver's name looks like it's Josh Gordon.

» Before Charley Casserly evaluated talent on TV, he was a three-time Super Bowl winning general manager for the Washington Redskins. Casserly, who knows a thing or two about top-shelf talent, offered an assessment for Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain.

"I would never have taken this guy with the No. 8 pick in the (2010) draft. I think this guy is not good enough. I don't think he's physical enough. I don't think his instincts are good. I don't think he can cover. I don't think he can play. I think to me, it was a trade that is a waste of a time. ... Hey, let me say this, I'm going to go see him (at camp) in 10 days, and I hope he's not there to waste my time."

Charley, please, tell us what you really think.

» Tight end Rob Gronkowski admitted Friday that he's not fully healthy yet: "If I was 100 percent, I would be doing every single thing. No, I'm not 100 percent, obviously not. I'm working my way to get to that." Tom Brady's favorite target won't be altering his playing style anytime soon, though. "I ain't changing that one bit. I'm gonna go full speed when I'm out there, and I'm gonna keep smashing and dashing everything I do."

» Out of Foxborough, reserve Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw three interceptions today. As NFL Media's Randy Moss (jokingly) declared, "The quarterback controversy in New England is over."

» NFL Media's Albert Breer checks in from Saints camp at The Greenbrier in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia. No word if the five-diamond resort was named after our intrepid reporter.

» Drew Brees is 35 years old, but don't mention that to the Super Bowl-winning signal-caller. The New Orleans Saints quarterback told reporters Friday that he "could play for another 10 years."

"That would be my goal. I'm taking it one year at a time but there's no reason why I can't do that," Brees said. "I love to compete, love to win, love the game of football. I like to do stuff people haven't done before or people would say are impossible or extremely difficult to do. At the end of the day, I'd love for people to be able to look at my career, my legacy and say, 'He did it the right way, he was a pro, and he did it for a long time and was consistent.'"

Breer had a private conversation with Brees afterward to ask about the seriousness of the idea. Brees' response? "No doubt. There is no question. I'm not getting ahead of myself like it's a pipedream at 45 (years old.) I understand the challenges that come along with that. But why not? If I can stay healthy, and I'm having fun and playing at a high level, why wouldn't I want to do that?"

» Looks like lightning struck by way of Saints rookie Brandin Cooks. The wide receiver already is showcasing his blistering 4.33 40-yard dash speed. NFL Media's Brian Baldinger called the matchup nightmare "the best space player" from the 2014 NFL Draft.

» Breer reported Friday that Jimmy Graham had the lowest time on the Saints conditioning test. That's pretty remarkable considering Graham was gone for the entire spring. Breer noted that Graham, who had been working out with former Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, looked like he was in terrific shape.

» More from Breer, as told on NFL Total Access, regarding the team from the Big Easy: Manning family patriarch Archie -- New Orleans' quarterback once upon a time -- told him that this is the "best Saints roster in the history of the club." Considering some of the squads of the past five years, that's saying a lot.

» NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah tweeted that Buffalo's wide receiver corps resembles "a track team." Also, rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins showed up at 6:45 a.m. to work on his routes. By himself. Get amped, Bills fans.

» NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported how Alfred Morris wants his role to expand even more in Jay Gruden's Redskins offense and how quarterback Robert Griffin III has looked at training camp. Check out the video:

» If Primetime is paying your team a visit, then you know there are some lofty expectations in the air.

Deion Sanders, who played one season in Washington, assessed the Redskins offense.

"RGIII has all the intangibles to be successful, two great receivers, your tight end is sufficient; your running back is off the charts ... your (offensive) line is stable. There is no problems. There's no excuses. You've got to make it happen now. The question is the defense."

Find out what Sanders had say about the Redskins' defense.

» The Redskins lost the leadership of London Fletcher when the veteran linebacker called it a career after the 2013 season. Darlington noted that former-Steeler Ryan Clark could be one of the new leaders in the locker room. Brandon Meriweather told Darlington it's been a long time that a veteran was able to teach him something, and Clark's tutelage can be the difference between having two interceptions and six.

» Former All-Pro sackmaster and current NFL Media analyst Shawne Merriman offered his thoughts on RGIII, who's a prime candidate as any in 2014 for a rebound campaign: "The quarterback position is all mental. ... You have to be mentally into it and that part of (RGIII's) game was gone last year. It seemed as he took the field (on Thursday) and talked to the media, he's just much more confident, much more motivated coming into this year."

» The Around The League scribes break down position battles for both the NFC and AFC. Will rookie Bishop Sankey emerge as the starting running back in Tennessee? Will the "Trojan War" unfold for the Eagles' backup QB job? ATL answers these questions, and more.

The latest "Around The League Podcast" recaps all the training camp buzz and previews the biggest NFC North and NFC South camp stories.

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