Archive for July, 2009

Jets RB Washington arrives a day late to camp

New York Jets running back Leon Washington arrived a day-late to training camp, a sign that contract negotiations may be progressing.

Washington was a no-show Thursday when Jets players were scheduled to check into the players’ dormitory in Cortland, N.Y.

Debate on Tomlinson’s fantasy value wages on

Michael Fabiano touches on his true feeling about LaDainian Tomlinson and why he would avoid him with one of the first five picks in fantasy drafts this season.

Vikings rookie Harvin a no-show for start of camp

Minnesota Vikings 22nd overall pick Percy Harvin was absent for the start of training camp as his agent continues to negotiate a contract.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said it is important that Harvin arrive as soon as possible so the team can begin to incorporate the rookie into what they anticipate to be a large part of the offense.

Seahawks scrambling to get rookie Curry in camp

Seattle Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell said the team is working “nonstop” to get first-round pick LB Aaron Curry under contract for the start of training camp.

Seahawks rookies were scheduled to arrive Thursday, while the rest of the veterans are due to arrive Friday.

Broncos rookies Moreno, Ayers miss start of camp

Both of the Broncos’ first-round draft picks — RB Knowshon Moreno and DE Robert Ayerswere no-shows for the start of training camp Friday as they work to negotiate contracts.

Moreno and Ayers, the 12th and 18th overall pick in the NFL Draft, respectively, are the first Broncos rookie holdouts since RB Tatum Bell in 2004.

Falcons rookie DT Jerry signs five-year deal

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry, the 13th overall pick in the NFL draft, signed a five-year deal Friday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jerry is the last of the Falcons’ eight draft picks to sign.

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Notes from Eagles camp: Tempo picks up

The Philadelphia Eagles picked up the pace as the team practiced in pads for the first time Friday morning. With a good crowd of fans in attendance, the offense got the better of the competition, but both sides made some nice plays.

Jets RB Washington at practice

Jets RB Leon Washington was a no-show when the team reported to training camp Thursday, unhappy with his contract status, but he was on the field Friday morning for the team’s first practice.

Freeman in the fold for Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced the signing of their first-round pick, Kansas state quarterback Josh Freeman.

Vick’s 53-man roster status clarified

All 32 teams now know how signing Michael Vick would impact their regular-season roster after the NFL Player Personnel Department issued a memo today.

Boldin focused on football, not contract talks

Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin took an alternate approach from last year’s training camp, telling reporters he plans to keep his contract negotiations out of the media spotlight and in the hands of his agent, Tom Condon.

“It’s out of my hands,” Boldin said. “I mean, whatever happens. I said I’m here at the beginning of camp ready to play football.”

Romo enters camp with new perspective, drive

Tony Romo has received a lot of attention since a 44-6 loss to the Eagles officially ended the Cowboys season. But headed into his fourth season, Romo appears to have an improved perspective on life and a stronger hold on what it means to be a leader and a top tier quarterback in the NFL.

“I’m still myself,” Romo said. “There’s not going to be anything that I’m going to change. I don’t think you get to this position, you don’t be successful, being someone you’re not. The only way you can get better and continue to try and achieve your goals is just to keep going forward, keep plugging away. The secret is usually just hard work. You do that and you’ve got a chance.”

Ryan: Clemens opens camp as Jets’ starting QB

Jets coach Rex Ryan said Kellen Clemens will begin training camp as the starting quarterback over first-round draft pick Mark Sanchez.

Ochocinco welcomes ‘Hard Knocks’ to Bengals camp

Bengals players got a taste of what the next few weeks will be like, as HBO’s “Hard Knocks” crew descended on Georgetown, Ky. for Bengals training camp.

True to form, Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco embraced the added media presence.

“The camera has always been around, so it’s nothing different,” Ochocinco said. “If the camera’s not following you, you’re not doing something right.”

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