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Patriots camp report: Day 1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A daily review of hot topics coming out of training camp: The team's first practice provided a snapshot of how the team plans to manage tight end Rob Gronkowski as he works his way back from surgery on his torn right ACL on Jan. 9. Gronkowski participated in individual drills, but not in any of the 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills. Gronkowski had a brace over the knee, and is still wearing a protective cover over his previously injured left forearm.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:30:40 EDT

Saints' Byrd back 'sooner than later'

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- It's still unclear whether or not safety Jairus Byrd will be back on the field for the New Orleans Saints' first training camp practice on Friday. But coach Sean Payton said he expects the three-time Pro Bowler back "sooner than later." "Much like we expected," Payton said of Byrd, who underwent a minor back surgery this summer to alleviate a nagging disc issue. The Saints' original projection was for Byrd to be healthy enough to participate in training camp -- and back to full speed in plenty of time for the regular season.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:10:04 EDT

Jets camp report: Day 1

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- A review of the hot topics from Thursday at the New York Jets: 1. Sunglasses needed: Rex Ryan was fired up after the first practice, radiating enough sunshine to raise the tanning index to a 10. The coach said the Jets are "a zillion miles ahead of where we were last year" at this time, claiming this team is further along than any of his previous teams. He raved about Geno Smith, Michael Vick, Chris Johnson, Calvin Pryor, Antonio Allen and Kyle Wilson.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:00:56 EDT

Redskins Camp Report: Day 1

RICHMOND, Va. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of training camp: Robert Griffin III did not have a strong day throwing the ball for a variety of reasons. This is a crucial season for Griffin, who now has a coach he feels comfortable with and more weapons at his disposal. So he must produce and show improvement. He knows it. Griffin did not have a great start to camp, though it wasn't as if his protection was all that great either.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:00:59 EDT

Chargers camp report: Day 1

SAN DIEGO -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of San Diego Chargers training camp: Play of the day: Rookie seventh-round draft choice Tevin Reese shook loose on a double move for a 40-yard touchdown against cornerback Brandon Ghee on a pass from backup quarterback Kellen Clemens. The play capped a solid day for Reese, who ran crisp routes and caught the ball well during 1-on-1 drills. Position watch – Quarterback: Philip Rivers said he liked the tempo the offense played at on Thursday, running plays and in and out of drills at a quick pace.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:00:38 EDT

Bengals camp report: Day 1

CINCINNATI -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the Cincinnati Bengals' training camp: It was hard not to notice how efficient starting quarterback Andy Dalton was Thursday as he connected with a number of his receivers during the Bengals' first day of camp. While the short and intermediate routes impressed at times, it was his work with the deep ball that caused the estimated 1,200 fans on hand to "ooh" and "ahh" at times. Few receptions drew applause from onlookers like the bomb Dalton completed late in practice to receiver A.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:50:53 EDT

Chiefs camp report: Day 1

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Some thoughts and observations on the Kansas City Chiefs' first training camp practice at Missouri Western State University: Sean McGrath was the Chiefs' leading pass receiver at tight end last season with 26 receptions, but after reporting to camp a day earlier, he was absent from practice. He is reportedly considering retirement. McGrath faces a difficult battle to make the regular-season roster. At tight end the Chiefs have veteran starter Anthony Fasano, Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:45:43 EDT

Jimmy Clausen: Jay Cutler 'helped me a lot'

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The body-language cops and critics knock Jay Cutler enough that new signees aren’t sure what to expect from the quarterback upon joining the Chicago Bears. That’s partly why backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen expressed surprise Thursday about Cutler’s willingness to take on the role of mentor. After signing with the Bears on June 5, Clausen spent his first weekend as a Chicago Bear with Cutler learning the offense.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:12:05 EDT

Giants Camp Report: Day 3

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of training camp: I know you guys want to know about tight ends, so we keep asking. As I wrote here, the initial "unofficial" depth chart listed Larry Donnell as the starter and Adrien Robinson as the No. 5 tight end. Robinson has not impressed coaches in the early going with his ability to catch the ball, and Donnell's was the only name coach Tom Coughlin mentioned when asked if anyone was standing out in the group so far.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:00:15 EDT

Loeffler didn't fear losing job with Vikings

MANKATO, Minn. -- According to the summary the Minnesota Vikings released last week of an independent investigation into former punter Chris Kluwe's allegations, long snapper Cullen Loeffler was the only member of the team to corroborate Kluwe's claim that special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer made a homophobic remark during the 2012 season. But if Kluwe contends he was released in part because of his support for same-sex marriage, Loeffler said he never felt in danger of losing his job for telling investigators he remembered Priefer making the statement.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:55:56 EDT