Ryan Fitzpatrick
Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick participates in Wednesday's OTA practice
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, NYJ
1:14 PM
News: For the first time since suffering a broken leg last season, Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was participating in team drills during Wednesday's OTA practice, reports the Associated Press.

Fitzpatrick is expected to compete with Geno Smith for the starting quarterback role during training camp. However, Coach Todd Bowles said Fitzpatrick still needs to get more healthy and improve the velocity on his throws.


Geno Smith
Jets' Bowles on Geno Smith being the starter: 'It's his to lose'
Geno Smith, QB, NYJ
12:44 PM
News: Jets coach Todd Bowles said quarterback Geno Smith will receive all the first-team reps during OTA practices this week, reports the Associated Press.

"If he's playing well, he's the starter," Bowles said. "It's his [job] to lose."

Although Smith will receive a majority of the snaps with the first team during OTAs, Bowles said that would change during training camp.

"Come camp time, there will be competition at the spot," he said.


Derek Carr
Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) has yet to start throwing
Derek Carr, QB, OAK
News: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr did not participate in any passing drills during Tuesday's OTA practice, according to the Bay Area News Group. 

Carr has an injured right ring finger that he's not contemplating surgery for. He was able to take snaps and make pitches during practice. Though he's missing the reps now, Carr is expected to be back by the start of training camp. 


Johnny Manziel
Browns embattled QB Johnny Manziel gets support from mates
Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE
News: All is well so far in 2015 for Browns second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel, whose whirlwind career in the NFL seems to be at least for now heading in the right direction.

Manziel received praise Tuesday from several teammates for his work and dedication to improving his skills, something that could certainly not be said a year ago. A stint in rehab appears to have had a positive effect.

"He understands the mistkaes that he's made, so he's taken the proper steps to try to keep himself out of trouble," said safety Donte Whitner, who added that Manziel has been among the first to arrive and the last to leave. "Now he understands how serious it is.

"He'll be all right. ... If you're here in the morning, you see who has those first couple parking spots, you know who was here before everybody else. So he's taken the steps that it takes to be a good quarterback."

Manziel, who had some fine moments in 11-on-11 drills Tuesday, according to Associated Press, also earned some kudos from Mike Pettine, who said he's been "very engaged in meetings" and "more focused."


Zach Mettenberger
Titans QB Zach Mettenberger sets friendly tone with Mariota
Zach Mettenberger, QB, TEN
News: Titans incumbent starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who appears destined to play behind rookie Marcus Mariota in 2015, is not setting the tone for a bitter competition.

Mettenberger told the team website that the two are getting along well and pushing each other to improve.

The second-year quarterback has vowed to compete hard for the starting despite Mariota getting drafted with the second overall pick. Mettenberger played in seven games last season and completed nearly 60 percent of his passes for 1,912 yards and eight touchdowns with seven interceptions.


Robert Griffin III
Redskins' coach says RG3 was 'doing fine' in first OTA
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
News: Redskins coach Jay Gruden said quarterback Robert Griffin III looked good and was "doing fine" during Thursday's OTA. Gruden also said Griffin's work ethic "has never been a question", according to the Washington Post

Gruden went on to say that he still believes familiarity will help Griffin's confidence this season. 

For his part, Griffin said he felt good being on the field and he's glad to have some continuity this season amongst the league, coach, and himself.


Garrett Grayson
Saints QB Garret Grayson had the opportunity of a lifetime
Garrett Grayson, QB, NO
News: Last year as a senior at Colorado State, Saints 2015 third-round draft pick Garrett Grayson received some vital words of wisdom from his idol, helping him become the 75th pick in the draft. The quarterback had been invited to participate in the annual Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana. It was there that he got to watch Peyton Manning perform drills and answer questions.

“We got to sit down in a room with him and Eli and just talk football, how they prepare for the game, what they’re looking for in defenses. So that was something I learned from, just to kind of be around him and see how he approaches everything, that meant a ton,” Grayson said, per ESPN.com. “You always hear about what a perfectionist he is, how seriously he takes every single drill. So to get to meet him and be around him and see that in person, I kind of learned from that and took that back.

“Looking back on my senior year, that’s another thing why I had so much success, because I wasn’t taking things like even a simple three-step drop for [granted]. I was serious with everything I did. So I’m definitely thankful for that opportunity.”


Russell Wilson
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson skips OTA to attend funeral
Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
News: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is set to skip OTAs, but his absence is not related to his contract situation. He is instead in Florida to represent the team at the funeral of Tammy Meyerson, who served as the mentor for teammate Jimmy Graham, per NFL.com.

Wilson and the Seahawks have reportedly been millions of dollars apart in contract negotiations, but the two parties have not been contentious publicly about their differences.


Tom Brady
Report: Tom Brady appeal won't be heard by Wednesday
Tom Brady, QB, NE
News: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal won't be heard by Wednesday, the Associated Press reported, citing sources. 

Brady is appealing his four-game suspension as a result of the investigation into deflated footballs prior to the AFC Championship Game. 

The NFL collective bargaining agreement requires appeals to be heard within 10 days, a window that expires on Wednesday. As of Monday, no hearing had been scheduled. 

Appeals can be heard after the 10-day window, if the league and players union agree to extend the deadline, which is likely to occur in the Brady case. 


AJ McCarron
AJ McCarron throwing deep for Bengals
AJ McCarron, QB, CIN
News: Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron has recovered from the shoulder soreness that bothered him for most of his rookie year. 

McCarron is now throwing deep again. "I feel great," McCarron said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Body feels great and I feel like I'm slinging it better than I ever have, really."


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