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 today's batch:
» It was scrimmage day at Cleveland Browns (and many other teams') training camp, and everyone's favorite rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has seen better days, going 3-for-7 for 14 yards with another 14 yards on the ground. Brian Hoyer completed 7-of-11 passes for 56 yards. Has the gap decreased between Manziel and Hoyer for the starting gig?
"Like I said a couple days ago, there's no gap that I'm looking at right now," Manziel told the media after the scrimmage. "It's know the playbook, know everything. There's still so many little things here and there that can throw a play, and change a play, and a defensive look -- and that's stuff that I wasn't used to, and now I'm seeing it, adjusting, learning. That's all I'm doing, learning." Johnny Football still has time to learn, but the first crack at an opposing NFL defense is just a week away.
» NFL Media's Steve Wyche reported on the New Orleans Saints' scrimmage Saturday morning, where Luke McCown, Khiry Robinson and Jimmy Graham made their mark. Graham seems to be having some trouble letting go of past habits:
The big news for the Saints, though, was that quarterback Drew Brees was held out of the scrimmage because of a strained left oblique sustained at Friday's practice, according to coach Sean Payton. Brees will be evaluated over the next few days.
» Also of note from Saints camp: Wyche and NFL Media's Brian Baldinger raced up the hill that leads to the team's practice field. Who made it to the top first?
» NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported from Davie, Florida, where the Miami Dolphins are still having issues with the center/quarterback exchange, with another high snap Saturday morning (starter Mike Pouncey is out for several games with a hip injury).
"If we're still talking about center-to-quarterback exchanges, that's going to be a problem," Darlington said. "Aug. 8 is the first preseason game. I've heard talk that if they don't get this solved by then they could go outside, bring in someone like Samson Satele, who has experience at the center position, because right now you're talking about Shelley Smith as the starting center, a guy who has never started an NFL game at that position. ... They need to get that right, and there is a great deal of internal urgency to do just that."
» NFL Media's Omar Ruiz caught up with Kansas City Chiefs running back on the heels of his new contract.
"The money don't mean nothing. It's time to strap up now. It's time to bring championships here -- that's what I'm all about. I want to bring a championship here, I want to win football games, I want to be a Hall of Famer. The money comes and goes."
» NFL Media's Albert Breer sat in at the New York Giants' scrimmage on Saturday, giving some insight into who will comprise Big Blue's youth movement this fall in addition to what's fueling a potential Eli Manning bounce-back season.
1) A better Eli is expected. A reason? The idea under McAdoo has been to simplify, get players playing faster. Play-clock management = Key.â Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 2, 2014
2) Losing Wilson is tough, but rookie Andre Williams has impressed. If he can prove he can catch (he's improving), he should make an impact.â Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 2, 2014
» After Friday's steambath in Jacksonville, Florida, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah visibly was pleased to be reporting from the more reasonable climate of Owings Mills, Maryland. Jeremiah says the Ravens' defense, bolstered by rookie defenders C.J. Mosley and Timmy Jernigan, is ahead of the offense thus far. After some turnover issues on Friday, quarterback Joe Flacco was more cautious in Saturday's practice.
Kinkhabwala later reported on your tax dollars in action:
Senator Rob Portman has left the Browns scrimmage. He saw enough?â Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) August 2, 2014