Bills G.M. Buddy Nix on what he expects to see in training camp: “You’d like to see how the wide receivers shake out, how the backup quarterback shakes out. I think our left tackle – that battle will be something to watch also. I feel good about our secondary.”
Says Browns OT Joe Thomas of new teammate Mitchell Schwartz, “He’s in the meeting room already making calls and answering questions that, frankly, as a rookie, I’m kind of surprised he knows the answers to.”
Things will feel different at Steelers training camp at Saint Vincent College with a number of veterans gone, including Hines Ward, James Farrior, Aaron Smith, Chris Hoke, Bryant McFadden, William Gay and Daniel Sepulveda.
Texans S Glover Quin’s ability to play the run and cover wide receivers gives Houston a great deal of versatility at the safety position.
Former Titans S Lance Schulters has been cleared of domestic abuse charges.
The Colts’ 90-man roster includes 26 rookies, 54 players in their first season with the Colts and 37 players who have never appeared in a regular-season game.
Says Broncos G Chris Kuper of his recovery from an ankle injury, “I’m going to go, but we’re going to be conservative. I’ll be able to do all the individual [drills], and maybe some team stuff, but I’m not sure how many reps.”
The Raiders are still working to get their draft picks signed.
While many Penn State alumni are lashing out at the Freeh Report and the NCAA, Cowboys LB Sean Lee sees things differently: “The facts have shown they didn’t report Sandusky and what happened and because of it more kids got hurt,” Lee said. “That’s what the facts show and I don’t agree with that at all. This should’ve been reported right away. There should’ve been procedures in place where this is what we do, investigation and go from there and more kids wouldn’t have been hurt. I actually think the Freeh Report was a good thing because it shows where Penn State can go, how they can improve on some things so something as horrible as it did will never happen again.”
Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan says he has to be more productive than he was as a rookie, when he didn’t have any catches: “I’m not used to that, not having a catch in a year.”
Said Bears RB Matt Forte of his new contract, “We got the deal done, basically, so both sides accomplished the main goal. So it was good.”
Lions DE Ronnell Lewis is starting training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list with an undisclosed injury.
Packers G.M. Ted Thompson made clear in his speech at the team’s annual shareholders meeting that the shareholders are really not shareholders at all, by telling them, “you won’t find a whole lot of proprietary information because I don’t say a lot.”
Said Saints QB Drew Brees, “I’m excited about the unknown because in a lot of ways, we don’t necessarily know what to expect. With all this stuff swirling around us, in the end, all we can worry about is what we can control and focus on the process and the result will take care of itself.”
Says 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick of competing with Josh Johnson for the No. 2 spot, “Josh is a great guy, and I’m good friends with him. At the same time, we know it’s a competition when we step on the field.”
After signing DE Chris Clemons to a contract extension, G.M. John Schneider said he’s “very pleased to reward a player that has been a consistent difference maker since we acquired him.”