Eleven things you need to know from training camps

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This is Jay Cutler's year. Sound familiar?

Predicting a monster season for Cutler has become something of a summer tradition in the NFL. Last year, we were told the arrival of quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman would fuel Cutler's rise. On Wednesday, Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall told Michael Irvin on Inside Training Camp Live that Cutler will claim league MVP honors in 2014.

Cutler moves the needle, and a proclamation like that is going to garner strong opinions on both sides. From what we've seen from Cutler's career, an MVP is unlikely. He's been far too inconsistent and injury prone to ever expect greatness now. Few quarterbacks "make the leap" in Year 9.

Then again, Cutler remains one of the game's most gifted pure throwers, and the three-headed monster of Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett -- not to mention the eternally underrated Matt Forte -- can make even average quarterbacks look elite. (Hello, Josh McCown.)

Maybe this is the year. And if not, you can count on somebody to make the same case in 12 months.

Here's what else you need to know from training camp Wednesday:

2. The Cowboys are often criticized for how they spend their money, but there were few cries when the team signed left tackle Tyron Smith to an eight-year, $98-million extension that included $40 million guaranteed. Chris Wesseling said on Wednesday's edition of the Around The League Podcast that Smith has an Anthony Munoz-level ceiling. In the words of Michael Bluth, you gotta lock that down.

3. Count NFL Network analyst and former GM Charley Casserly as another believer in Teddy Bridgewater. Casserly -- on the scene at Vikings camp -- thought Bridgewater looks good enough to start now, based off Wednesday's practice. Casserly said Bridgewater showed good vision and accuracy with the football and didn't seem overwhelmed at any point. Casserly did see Bridgewater hold the ball too long against the blitz, but he also saw the rookie handle additional rushers well.

4. Andy Dalton sees a deal with the Bengals being a matter of "when" rather than "if." "I'm confident. And both sides are working on it," Dalton told NFL Media's Albert Breer. "We haven't given a deadline, we haven't talked about a deadline. We don't expect it to get to that point, but if it does, it does."

5. Smith's mean deal probably means Dez Bryant will have to wait to get his own mega-extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said he would be "very surprised" if Bryant lands a new deal over the next month. Sources close to the situation have told Rapoport there has been no real progress in contract talks. Bryant is due to earn just $1.78 million in 2014 and will likely remain football's best bargain for another year.

6. It remains unclear how the Buffalo Bills' backfield will be sorted out this season. I'm not sure Fred Jackson's one-year extension provides any level of clarity. At all.

7. Emmanuel Sanders took what appeared to be some unnecessary shots at Ben Roethlisberger's leadership and work ethic earlier this week. On Wednesday, Antonio Brown basically dropped a "Not cool, bro."

8. The San Francisco 49ers want holdout Alex Boone in camp and have reached out to the guard with the hope of making that a reality. Rapoport has reported that Boone will not rejoin his teammates until he's rewarded with a contract that pays him more than his current $2 million salary.

9. The New York Giants have all digits crossed in regard to running back David Wilson, who suffered a burner in practice on Tuesday. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported that Wilson -- who's trying to come back from neck surgery -- will miss practice for the remainder of the week and sit out Sunday's Hall of Fame Game against the Buffalo Bills.

10. Great news for the Bengals, who activated Geno Atkins off the PUP list. My colleague Marc Sessler referred to Atkins as a "big-bodied, war-daddy behemoth." I don't know what to say.

11. This is just great. Michael Irvin for mayor of terra firma.

The latest Around The League Podcast talks about the good and bad out of Cowboys camp, then plays the "What's More Likely?" game.

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