Minicamp: Around the NFL This Past Week
NFL minicamps, were full of excitment to stir up the media this past week, with Tim Tebow receiving most of the attention, and his new two-year contract with the New England Patriots. In other news, Jason Garrett, head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, finally addressed the media regarding who will be the offensive coordinator for the Cowboys this season, that being offensive line coach Bill Callahan.
During the offseason, there were a handful of Seattle Seahawks who were found to be using performance enhancing drugs. One of the first individuals to speak up on the subject was Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the division rival San Francisco 49ers. In the 2013 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams selected speedy wide receiver Tavon Austin with their eight pick, and according to Austin’s teammates, the rookie “...is going to make a lot of people look silly.”
In New York Jets news, the open quarterback competition is not as “open” as people think. As of now, Mark Sanchez has been taking all of the first team reps, with Geno Smith working with the second team.
Another player who seems to consistently surface during the media frenzy is Manti Te’o. The linebacker of the San Diego Chargers has been making a good impression at minicamp and is said to be “pro ready.” The Indianapolis Colts signed ex-New York Giants' running back Ahmad Bradshaw to a one-year contract.
Six months ago, Detroit Lions' wide receiver Ryan Broyles suffered his second ACL tear and is already at camp engaging in team drills. After skipping all of OTA’s, Cincinnati Bengals' right tackle Andre Smith will be fined for missing mandatory minicamp. Philadelphia Eagles star wide receiver DeSean Jackson was asked by NFL Network if he thinks Tim Tebow can improve at the quarterback position. Jackson responded by saying that Tebow’s mentality is tough and that he can come in and become a leader, but that his 46.5% completion percentage is not very consistent.
This offseason, the Oakland Raiders signed three new defensive backs: Charles Woodson, Mike Jenkins, and Tracy Porter. They are expected to all be day one starters in their respective positions.
During the offseason, the Buffalo Bills released quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who then signed with the Seattle Seahawks a few days later. This makes the Bills quarterback competition a lot more interesting with Kevin Kolb, and this year’s first round draft pick E.J. Manuel being the two quarterbacks in Buffalo to keep an eye on.
Carolina Panthers' running back Jonathan Stewart is recovering from dual ankle surgery. It was previously thought that only one ankle was injured. There is a strong chance that Stewart will not be ready for offseason team practices.
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