Our reporter spent the day at Washington Redskins training camp in Ashburn, Virginia. Here are his notes.
Our reporter spent the day at New Orleans training camp in Metairie, Louisiana. Here are his notes.
Our reporter spent the day at Philadelphia Eagles training camp in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Here are his notes.
> Five players were shot this morning outside of a position meeting attended by Michael Vick. Vick claims no connection to the incident.
> The shooting overshadows the camp violence from last week when quarterback Kevin Kolb, who hunts wild boar in the offseason, felled head coach Andy Reid with a spear in a case of mistaken identity. Reid made Kolb run extra sprints after practice.
> Kolb appears to have a strong grasp of the system in what will be his first year as a starter. But coaches say he still has yet to show Donovan McNabb's strength or accuracy when projectile vomiting.
> Someone named Stewart Bradley is a middle linebacker and captain of Philadelphia's defense and not an interior designer. Huh. Weird.
> Defensive lineman Brandon Graham, drafted 13th overall out of Michigan, has been performing quite well in camp. He says he is motivated to prove doubters wrong who say a traditional swimming power like Michigan can't also produce serviceable football players.
> Fourth-round draft pick Mike Kafka is getting a lot of attention as a third-string quarterback because reporters like to work his last name into their columns in the form of bad puns. But this reporter wouldn't do that because taking such extreme measures would be rather Kafkaesque.
> Remember when Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel was on the Patriots and he dropped that easy interception in the Super Bowl that would have clinched New England's 19-0 season, and then the Patriots went on to lose? That was awesome.
> The Eagles have had to find new strength training exercises this year at camp now that Brian Westbrook is no longer around for them to carry off the field.
Our reporter spent the day at Cincinnati Bengals training camp in Georgetown, Kentucky. Here are his notes.
> Terrell Owens has been on his best behavior so far and is not expected to cause anyone any trouble this season. "Including opposing defensive backs," said one scout. "In fact, especially opposing defensive backs."
> While most teams choose sites for training camp with little to do other than football, the Bengals interestingly train in Georgetown, Kentucky a town with as much, if not more, to do than Cincinnati.
> After having one of the NFL's easiest schedules in 2009, the Bengals have the league's fourth-toughest schedule this season. The iPhone app RunPee, created by backup quarterback Jordan Palmer, says you can go to the bathroom anytime after Week 10 in Cincinnati's schedule without missing anything meaningful.
> The Bengals won the AFC North last year? Really? That's absurd.
> Defensive back Adam Jones is scheduled to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell in New York on October 20th to discuss whatever he will have gotten in trouble for by then.
> Quarterback Carson Palmer says that if everyone could keep pretending he is an elite quarteback, he would really appreciate it.
> Still looks like the Bengals are sticking with those godawful uniforms. A bold, yet disgusting, choice.
Our reporter spent the day at Dallas Cowboys training camp in San Antonio. Here are his notes.
>There seems to be no lingering conflict between Roy Williams and Dez Bryant. Bryant extended an olive branch to Williams by apologizing to him for not being aware of rookie hazing rituals and by offering him a job as his personal assistant when Williams is inevitably cut.
> Several Cowboys have asked wide receiver Miles Austin for a turn on Kim Kardashian to improve the team's chances for winning a championship.
> Tight end Martellus Bennett has had his request denied by the league office to put his Twitter account name on the back of his jersey. He says he is very upset with "@NFLcommish" and will "upeel".
> Head coach Wade Phillips wears the same mesh shorts as his players, but without underwear or a jock. So you can clearly see the outline of his junk hanging below his FUPA. It's not pleasant.
> Tony Romo is exuding confidence. Probably because it's early August and we are as far removed from the Super Bowl on the calendar as possible.
> 7th round draft pick Sean Lissemore is impressing and playing as though he should have been taken as early as the 6th round.
> Training camp was packed on Tuesday, and many fans had to be turned away, as it was Cowboys Bandwagon Fan Appreciation Day.