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Early training camp winners and losers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have already gone through 10 days of full training camp. The Detroit Lions haven't started. With teams at different stages of the process, it's tricky to keep track of the avalanche of information coming our way.

That's why we have been breaking down all the highlights daily in "What we learned" and we'll list the "winners and losers" from camp each Monday until the regular season starts. Let's get to it.

Moving up


Sam Bradford


We don't care if Bradford was accurate in the first few days of practice. Just being on the field without restrictions is a huge victory for his rehabilitation.

It would be strange if he looked sharp in his first full-team workouts in a year, especially in a new system. Chip Kelly sent a message by giving Bradford all the first-team reps to open camp, and most of the reps on day two. This isn't a true competition. Barring a setback, which is always on the table with Bradford, it doesn't look like this will be a true competition with Mark Sanchez.

Pittsburgh's secondary


Brandon Boykin didn't fit Philadelphia's size requirements at cornerback and didn't seem happy about being stuck as a slot cornerback. The Steelers will benefit after sending a conditional fifth-round pick for him. While Boykin is in a contract year, Pittsburgh immediately upgraded a shaky cornerback depth chart.

Second-round pick Senquez Golson may not be able to help the team anytime soon. So the Steelers upgraded from a very uncertain rookie to one of the best slot cornerbacks in the league the last two years. This is a Steelers team that is ready to make a Super Bowl run now and general manager Kevin Colbert has struggled at drafting cornerbacks. Trading for a known quantity was a smart move.

Seattle's everlasting dominance


The Seahawks' defense was the first team in more than 30 years to lead the NFL in defensive scoring three straight seasons. And it's not just their defense that excels. Seattle's overall team efficiency has ranked first overall in Football Outsiders' excellent rankings for three consecutive years. There's no reason to think the dominance will slow down over the next 3-4 years.

Seattle's double-barreled signings of Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner hopefully shut down the dumbest hot take of the week: That the bill was coming due for the Seahawks because of all their huge contracts. I've written this a few times this week, but it's worth repeating until 2017. The Seahawks have the following players under contract for the next three years: Wilson, Wagner, Jimmy Graham, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, K.J. Wright, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Marshawn Lynch.

Sure, the Seahawks can't hand out many more big deals, but they won't need to. It's on general manager John Schneider to continue to draft well to fill in the cracks. It's on Pete Carroll to coach the team and develop. Does anyone doubt their ability to do that?

Richie Incognito


Incognito is not only back in the league, the Bills have already handed him a starting job. Bills coach Rex Ryan says he's been "blown away" by Incognito's conditioning. Incognito is getting coached up by another man grateful to still have a job. Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was suspended for the first six games of the season by the team.

Michael Crabtree


We read about a different beat writer talking up Crabtree's insane catches each day. Perhaps Crabtree has been humbled after not getting much love on the free-agent market. He's playing on a one-year deal and ensuring that he'll start in Oakland with a strong performance in camp, so far. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport writes the Raiders believe Crabtree is making a push for a big contract next offseason.

Carson Palmer


Palmer has been practicing with no restrictions, which is a positive development coming off a torn ACL. It's also easy to forget Palmer had a shoulder injury which limited his throws while he was on the field last year. Palmer, coach Bruce Arians and multiple reporters say the ball is coming out of Palmer's hands better in camp thus far.

Markus Wheaton


The Martavis Bryant hype train has been rolling for so long this offseason that it now has a backlash. His name is Markus Wheaton. Ben Roethlisberger called Wheaton the team's "breakout player of the year" and pointed to Wheaton as the likely starter opposite Antonio Brown. Steelers coaches told NFL Media's Albert Breer that Wheaton had the best offseason of any receiver. With Bryant missing some time in practice this week, it's worth acknowledging that Bryant could be playing much fewer snaps than Wheaton this season.

Mychal Kendricks


He's one veteran and Andy Reid draft pick that will not be traded. In Philadelphia, that's newsworthy these days.

Philip Rivers' family


Stock down


New York Jets


Sheldon Richardson could be the team's best player, and no one has any idea when he'll play again. Already facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, Richardson's charge for resisting arrest is likely to add to his time off the field.

The Jets also received bad news when second-round pick Devin Smith suffered three fractured ribs and a punctured lung. He is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. Muhammad Wilkerson also left practice Sunday with a hamstring injury. On the bright side: It's August 3, and Geno Smith hasn't thrown an interception in practice yet.

Stephen Hill


Hill was a standout in offseason practices, but he endured a miserable week to end all miserable weeks when training camp arrived. Hill was cited for a drug paraphernalia charge after a routine traffic stop on Wednesday. On Saturday, he injured his knee. By Sunday, we learned he suffered a torn ACL. On Monday, he was officially released. NFL life comes at you fast.

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Junior Galette's sense of irony


Galette, upon joining the team that has finished last in the NFC East in six of the last seven years:

"I'm just thankful to be with such a functional organization," he told 106.7 in Washington.

It's safe to say that the Redskins are going to do their best to keep Galette away from a microphone this season.

Bashaud Breeland


One of the bright spots of the Redskins' defense last year, Breeland has a chance to be the team's best cornerback. He found out last week that he's suspended for the season opener, and he's going to miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL.

Quarterback battle clarity


Early practice reports in Buffalo have not been positive on Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel or Tyrod Taylor. Manuel, who some reporters believed had the best offseason, has particularly struggled. Texans coach Bill O'Brien is sick of hearing people complain about his quarterbacks, but he doesn't seem any closer to making a decision.

At least the Buccaneers and Titans didn't go through a charade of making their top-pick quarterbacks battle for the starting job.

Kevin White


It's too early to hit the panic button, but White was on the "shelf" for six weeks with a shin injury. He's spent the early part of training camp trying to get his cardio up, but coach John Fox didn't sound optimistic about a quick return. Missing time in camp can be particularly damaging for rookies. Then again, Odell Beckham.

Matt Elam


The safety position has been a problem for Baltimore since Ed Reed started to decline. The team was hopeful 2013 first-round pick Matt Elam could bounce back after two rough seasons, but he's now expected to miss the season because of biceps surgery. Kendrick Lewis and Will Hill are expected to start for the team at safety.

Baltimore's first-round pick this year, receiver Breshad Perriman, hurt himself on the first day of camp. He hasn't been seen since.

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