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.Analysis:
"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.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
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."Analysis:
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.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
“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.”Analysis:
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.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
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."Analysis: