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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"I come in with the same mentality: that I'm a rookie and I've got something to prove." - Taiwan Jones

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick missed the entire offseason, but he apparently hasn't forgotten how to throw a football.

Hasselbeck: He was anointed right away

Matt Hasselbeck points to how quickly Andrew Luck was titled as a great NFL quarterback as the reason why he has so many critics now, but adds that Luck is not concerned about them.


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Stafford on Andrew Luck's deal: "I thought it was a good deal." Said he thought it was good for the league and the position.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Stafford said he doesn't worry about contract stuff. If he plays well, the rest takes care of itself. Could be up for massive extension after the season.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers WR Markus Wheaton said Martavis Bryant (suspended for year) has been in Nevada and is now surrounded by the "right people."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Stafford believes he has a good comfort level with the Jim Bob Cooter offense and it is totally different from offense last year.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

By releasing rookie Tom Hackett, the Jets are left with only one punter on the roster -- fellow Aussie Lachlan Edwards (4), a seventh round pick.


Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Even though training camp No. 10 figures to be a grind for Adrian Peterson, the running back said there are still some benefits to getting away from home for a couple weeks.


Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers guard David DeCastro said the loss of Le'Veon Bell 'sucks' but team is equipped to handle it. "We're used to (losses), sadly," he said.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions WR Golden Tate would still be interested in punt returns: "I'd like to be on punt return. I enjoyed it." He did it early in his career and again last year.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden Tate said he has to learn to continue to play smarter as he learns more about concussions and brain injuries. Felt he protected his head from hits last year, but not as much the ground. Needs to work on it.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

There he is, newly signed Ryan Fitzpatrick (14), stretching alongside Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. Interestingly, Geno Smith was stretching in a different area, away from the QBs.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

If Jerry Porter had the Million Dollar Belt, Sean Smith has the Million Dollar Cap...complete with SMITH emblazoned on it, just in case you forgot his name.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions WR Golden Tate said "there's a lot of plays" in the offense under Jim Bob Cooter. Said they are "still trying to learn this offense" and that they are all learning. He said Matthew Stafford "makes him want to be a better player."

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Ravens' rookie RB Kenneth Dixon suffered a Grade 1 MCL strain today and is now considered day to day, per source. Best case for Baltimore.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery deflected questions about his failure to secure a long term deal, saying on Thursday that he's, "blessed and does have a contract" in the form of the one-year guaranteed franchise tag amount of $14.599 million. Jeffery did not want to speculate about next year when he could leave the Bears via free agency.

Keep an eye on Josh Gordon's preseason

Field Yates thinks that the Browns WR has potential upside for fantasy owners.


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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees, who is 37, said he absolutely believes he can play at the same level when he's 40. Said he's not naive and has to prove it, but believes he can keep it up another five years -- at minimum.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees on his contract situation: Said it's the furthest thing from his mind while he's out here preparing for the season. Reiterated that this next month is the time to get it done, because he won't talk contract during the regular season. And stressed there is "nothing adversarial" and has great relationship with GM Mickey Loomis.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has a new ride for training camp. It is much like the red one defensive tackle Kyle Love arrived with on Wednesday. Big step up from golf carts.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Training camp has officially begun as the Browns brass meets the media, left to right VP Sashi Brown, coach Hue Jackson and director of strategy Paul DePodesta.