The combination of the New York Jets' circus and Santonio Holmes' ability to attract controversy was bound to create some headlines this preseason.
The receiver has been out with a foot injury and very quiet about when he might come back. An ESPNNewYork.com blog item said "the minority opinion" in the organization is that he's milking the injury to miss training camp, just to be ready for the season opener. The story says that others in the organization think he's taking it slow to make sure he's fully healthy to maximize his value next offseason, considering he's sure to be cut after the season.
It's a pretty serious charge to say he's milking an injury to sit out training camp. It was a serious Lisfranc injury he suffered. But considering there's never a quiet moment around the Jets, it's also not a huge surprise this has become a contentious issue.
Redskins: The Washington Post reported that quarterback Robert Griffin III should see more intense practice reps this week, including his first work in 11-on-11 drills. The story cites anonymous sources, and it was unclear how much more work he'll do or how firm the Redskins' plans are. But as has been the case through camp, all signs in Griffin's recovery from ACL surgery are good.
Eagles: There is a bit of a disagreement between cornerback Cary Williams and coach Chip Kelly. Williams was kicked out of a joint practice with the Patriots for a skirmish with New England receiver Aaron Dobson. He said his old team, the Ravens, would have been fighting with the Patriots for three days over what he called the Patriots' trash talking and dirty plays.
"At the end of the day, I've still got to do things the way the coach wants me to do it, and I understand that, but it definitely would have been a different situation in Baltimore," Williams said, according to Philly.com. "It wouldn't have been a fun practice for the Patriots, I'll tell you that. "We need a 'nasty' no question. I feel like we've got to establish a toughness, a tenacity, a hardnosed defense that's something to be feared when it comes out there each and every week."
The Eagles do need to get tougher on defense; they were terrible in the preseason opener against the Patriots. But Kelly doesn't think fighting during a practice would solve that.
"There is a certain way you're supposed to play this game and it's between the whistles," Kelly said, according to the team's transcript. "The stuff after the whistles is not what you're looking for. Our players knew that."
Colts: The early reports from Colts camp were that Darrius Heyward-Bey might start over T.Y. Hilton. After seeing Hilton on Sunday, that seems like a long shot. Hilton showed against Buffalo on Sunday that he's ready to make a huge jump in his second year. He had three catches for 61 yards and a great diving touchdown in the first half, and also had an exciting punt return. He should have a fine season catching balls from Andrew Luck.
Bills: Receiver Marquise Goodwin was criminally underused at Texas, considering he was perhaps the best athlete in college football. He was finalist in the long jump at the 2012 Olympics, and hand-timed by some at 4.17 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine (he was officially clocked at 4.25 seconds). Yet he rarely got the ball for the Longhorns. Well, Buffalo realized he was being held back at Texas and made a smart pick to get him in the third round. Against the Colts, Goodwin had a 53-yard kickoff return he almost broke for a touchdown, then did break a 107-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Bills will find ways to use him. Any good coaching staff would.
Jets: For the positive Jets injury news, quarterback Geno Smith was back at practice. The sprained ankle he suffered in the preseason opener didn't cost him any time. Also, running back Chris Ivory said he expects to play this Saturday against Jacksonville as he works back from a hamstring injury, according to the New York Daily News. He practiced in some positional drills on Sunday. That's good news for both players and especially Ivory, who has a great opportunity if he can prove he can stay healthy.
Ravens: The Baltimore Sun reported the Ravens and veteran tight end Dallas Clark have mutual interest, which makes sense. Dennis Pitta is out for the year, and Ed Dickson is dealing with a hamstring injury. Clark isn't what he was in his prime, but the Ravens need some help at tight end.
Eagles: Receiver Greg Salas was once a promising fourth-round pick out of Hawaii by the Rams. He never panned out there, or in a short stint with the Patriots, but he's been one of the stars of Eagles camp. He had three catches for 54 yards and a touchdown against New England in Philadelphia's preseason opener, and found himself bumped up the depth chart a bit on Sunday, getting some reps with the starters.
Salas is on the radar because the Eagles need some depth at receiver after losing Jeremy Maclin and Arrelious Benn for the season to knee injuries.
“He’s one of those guys that just keeps showing up,” coach Chip Kelly said, according to CSNPhilly.com. “He’s that guy that whenever he gets his opportunity, he seems to step up. That’s an important thing, because depth at wide receiver is a huge question for us right now."
Titans: Tennessee announced it signed veteran linebacker Gary Guyton and S Corey Lynch and waived defensive end Thaddeus Gibson and safety Robert Johnson, who failed a physical.
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