ITC Live Whispers: Ravens rookies put on a show

  • By Rachel Wenzlaff and Andrea Hagemann
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Training camp is here in full force. We're keeping you up to date today with live coverage on NFL Network all day. On, we'll be featuring highlights from the television coverage and notes from our reporters in the field. Here are today's whispers.

» The Broncos released their unofficial depth chart Monday. Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian are listed as co-starters at quarterback. First-round pick Paxton Lynch remains the No. 3 quarterback.

» According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the Cleveland Browns have taken cornerback Joe Haden (ankle) off the PUP list, after he was cleared to participate in practice. Haden missed 11 games in 2015, but NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport says he is set to become one of the best players in the NFL in 2016. And the wellness is spreading wide. The Browns named Robert Griffin III their starting quarterback on Monday, making him the 25th starting QB for Cleveland since 1999. The Browns are in desperate need of a reliable quarterback and are hoping Griffin, who has struggled with knee injuries for years, can maintain his health throughout the season.

"Robert has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns," coach Hue Jackson said in a release. "Since he was signed back in March, Robert has made it clear through his actions that he is willing to do everything that has been asked of him to earn this role. Throughout this process he has gained the respect from his teammates, the coaching staff and the entire organization that is necessary for him to lead our offense and really the entire team."

»Aqib Talib suffered a gunshot wound to the leg during the offseason and was back at Broncos practice for the first time since the incident on Monday. After practice Talib met with media. When asked by a reporter if he shot himself, he responded with: "The situation is still under review and we got to respect that process so I'm not going to talk about that right now."

He went on to say: "But I feel great. I did some one-on-one's today, felt pretty good on the field. From what I did today, I felt pretty good and we got time ... The love around the building from the rookies to John Elway has been great since June 5th. It was a bunch of love out here today ... That was the most important thing, put these cleats back on ... its a blessing to be out here and I really appreciate it."

NFL Media's James Palmer says Talib only practiced today for about 35 minutes, but says coach Gary Kubiak said Talib could play as soon as the Bronco's third preseason game against the Rams.

» The Bills received some much-needed good news Monday. The team announced wideout Sammy Watkins and defensive lineman Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams have all passed their physicals and have been lifted off the team's physically unable to perform list.

» The Dolphins listed Jay Ajayi as the starting running back over Arian Foster. This news comes just days after first-year coach Adam Gase told The Miami Herald that Foster, the former Houston Texans star, was "going to be working with the ones the whole training camp."

» Eagles coach Doug Pederson told reporters Jordan Matthews will be sidelined for a few weeks, but Pederson is hopeful Matthews will be back by the team's third preseason game. Pederson said rookie signal-caller Carson Wentz will receive the bulk of the second-half snaps on Thursday vs. the Buccaneers.

» Former Saints wideout Lance Moore announced his retirement today. Moore, who was most recently with the Atlanta Falcons on the off-season/practice squad in 2016, played with New Orleans for eight seasons. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and went on to be a part of the 2009 Super Bowl championship team.

» Julian Edelman is back at Patriots camp catching passes. The wide receiver was recently cleared and removed from the PUP list after recovering from surgery on his left foot. He didn't participate in the team's intra-squad scrimmage on Sunday, but did some conditioning work in full pads.

NFL Media's Courtney Fallon reports from New England training camp that Edelman made an incredible one handed catch in his debut off the PUP list. 

According to the New England team website, he said: "I'm day-to-day right now, so I'm a day better than yesterday. It feels good to get out here and get to see the fellas in pads. You've got to get your football legs back in shape and you've got to have this extra weight on. It's about seven pounds, so it's good to get out here and run around with the pads and adjust to catching a ball with the shoulder pads, the helmet, the face mask; going out there and trying to get tired, as tired as possible with the pads on so you can get used to the games and stuff."

Also back at practice for the Pats is center Bryan Stork. But he's not quite ready to return to full practice just yet. He is going to need a little extra rest after suffering a concussion about a week ago.

» NFL Media's Kimberly Jones, who is at Giants camp, says Jason Pierre-Paul looks ridiculous when it comes to the shape that he's in. "He looks leaner by far than I've ever seen him," she said. JPP infamously suffered a severe injury to his left hand due to a firework explosion last July 4th. He told Jones that his left hand feels like his right hand but missing a few fingers. But it doesn't appear to be limiting him on the field. Jones says he's really taken a leadership role with the team, pulling young players aside. At practice on Monday, Landon Collins asked Pierre-Paul what went wrong with a play and JPP spent minutes counseling Collins, walking him through it. Jones says it's clear he has the ear of his teammates.

» In Irvine at Rams camp, NFL Media's Colleen Wolfe reports that quarterback Case Keenum will start ahead of Jared Goff in the Rams first preseason game against the Cowboys this coming Saturday. And at that game in Los Angeles, keep an eye on rookie tight end Tyler Higbee who has been turning heads in camp and catching the eye of coach Jeff Fisher.

But he's not the only one standing out at camp. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald might be preparing to give OBJ a run for his money...

» Apparently the Ravens are having a rookie talent show. I'm not sure what talent Baltimore center Anthony Fabiano plans to perform while dressed like what I believe is a garden gnome, but it will definitely be interesting.

» Monday is the day all 32 teams are required to release their depth charts. Here is a look at a few...


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