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:
Rosenfels: "I think it would be helpful for Manziel to sit for year, but I guess we'll have to see."
Conway: "I would say you have to play your best quarterback, and if Johnny is not the right quarterback to play to give yourself a chance to win, you don't play him. And I'm a firm believer in sitting a quarterback for a year."
NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports that Manziel has yet to receive any first-team snaps despite head coach Mike Pettine saying that the rookie would. Stay tuned to training camp's most intriguing quarterback battle, and let us know if Johnny Football would do well with a year being Johnny Clipboard.
» Kinkhabwala probably had the most fun of any reporter on Friday, zip lining with the Browns mascot and fans. Well done, Aditi!
» NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah reported from Jaguars training camp in Jacksonville, where the heat and humidity had the former NFL scout pining for an office job.
» Jeremiah also said on ITC Live that the Jags are quarterback Chad Henne's football team, saying, "It was pretty obvious Henne was the guy."
Idzik and Ryan "definitely had a feeling-out period. They said all the right things," Jones said. "I was told relatively recently that the relationship is better, that it has improved, that Rex Ryan absolutely knows he has to win, and if he wins, that relationship has a lot of possibilities in terms of continued improvement, and frankly continuing on.
"But this was a situation where I think Rex had to feel out what his general manager wanted from him, especially in terms of a public persona, and I think the comfort level that Rex now has with the general manager is why you're now seeing Rex be Rex again. And frankly we're all grateful for that."
"The theme here is they want him to take the next step," Casserly said. "It really centers on three things: One is decision-making ... quicker and more accurate decisions. That's not uncommon for a third-year quarterback, that will help him cut down on his 17 interceptions. Improve his accuracy in general, which went up from Year One to Year Two, and on the deep ball. Now, focusing on those three things this morning when I was watching him at practice, I would say it was not a good morning in those three areas. But again, you have to be careful when you're teaching a new system and you're working through things, it's going to be a learning experience."
Of Boykin, McCarthy said the third-year wide receiver was ready to become the team's next breakout offensive star:
"...We have excellent veteran leadership in Jordy (Nelson), and Randall (Cobb) in there, and Jarrett is just, he's kind of the next guy. He's done everything you've ever asked. He came in here as a free agent, a little hungry after his first opportunity, and just continued to grow with each and every opportunity. It's the most competitive receiver group I think we've had in my time here."
As for Peppers?
"He's very natural with what we're asking him to do. He's an outside linebacker. His ability to play in space is exceptional obviously for man his size, and we're well aware of his great athletic traits, but the thing I've been most impressed with is what a pro he is. He's a quiet man, but he does a great job with his teammates and really has a great understanding of the game."
Of course, having this guy on your team tends to encourage a general optimism:
» Warren Sapp checked into ITC Live from Canton, Ohio, where his former teammate Derrick Brooks will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. When asked what insight into the Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner he would give Brooks, he said, "I am not telling him a thing! I am leaving him in the dark," just like Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin did to him. "I'll see his face afterward and just look at him and smile."
As for whose induction speech he's looking forward to besides Brooks'? Sapp quickly noted Michael Strahan's.
» Mariucci also made a comment about stepping into the Raiders' training room to do some curls. The team will not let it be a flippant, empty promise.
» During an ITC Live discussion, Jamie Dukes and Michael Robinson gave their picks for which team had the best odds to jump from last to first place in their respective divisions.