Mallett joined the Ravens in December and ended up starting the final two games, with his performance decent enough to make him the clear favorite for the backup job this season. Despite his reported struggles during OTAs and minicamp, the former third-round selection (2011) remains a heavy favorite to serve as Joe Flacco's top backup, as the Ravens didn't put much effort into finding competition. Jerrod Johnson and Josh Johnson will also get some reps during training camp.
Flacco seems to be making a quick recovery from Dec. 8 surgery to repair a torn ACL, as he's widely expected to be ready July 27 for the start of training camp, despite being a spectator for on-field activities throughout the offseason program. Though already able to sprint and make cuts, he's thrown far fewer passes than he typically would have at this point in the year, which could be cause to limit his reps during training camp. Flacco's arm strength has never been questioned and should quickly come back to him, but he did admit that there's some chance he'll feel hesitant when he has to face a live pass rush for the first time. While he's clearly on track for Week 1, his progress will be worth monitoring throughout camp and the preseason.
Thomas was cut by the Dolphins on Thursday after spending the 2015-16 season on their practice squad. He now heads to New York, where he will likely be the number three quarterback behind Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib. The Giants waived fellow quarterback B.J. Daniels to make room for Thomas on the roster.
Daniels signed on with the Giants in early May, hoping to secure a third-string spot behind Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib on the depth chart. With training camp approaching, the Giants decided to instead sign 24-year-old Logan Thomas, leaving Daniels as the odd man out.
Flacco's Week 1 availability appears to be a lock at this point given the fact he plans to be ready for day one of training camp this summer. Despite ending the 2015 season prematurely with a torn ACL, it sounds like potential fantasy owners shouldn't have to be worried much longer when it comes Flacco's health, barring any setbacks. In additional good news for the Ravens' aerial attack, wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) is expected to return to the practice field prior to the start of regular season, supplying Flacco with a valuable target.
Just a week ago, the team's official website reported that Sanchez was cementing his place as the starter. So what gives? Chalk it up to the offseason news cycle that magnifies every ebb and flow in a position battle. While Siemian does have the most experience in Denver's offense, Sanchez has a background in it and is far more playing time under his belt. Both Siemian and first-round pick Paxton Lynch are dark horses to steal the job with strong camps - Sanchez is hardly the kind of quarterback who a team can hang its hat on - but it would still be an upset at this point if the veteran didn't start the season opener against Carolina.
Siemian's candidacy for the starting job has been talked up more and more in recent weeks, with head coach Gary Kubiak fanning the flames by complimenting the young passer in the press. Denver's lone returning starter benefits from a superior understanding of the team's offense, but it would be a shock if last year's seventh-round pick who has yet to throw a professional pass finishes with the job at the end of training camp. Sanchez is reportedly close to learning the entire offense and rookie first-round pick Paxton Lynch is likely the most physically gifted of the three and might be able to compete with more experience.
In full, offensive coordinator Greg Roman stated: "You know, we are trying to really throw everything at him which is somewhat unfair, but in the long run, it is probably the best way to do things." However, Roman justified the plan as a way to prepare Jones for minicamp, and they aren't yet ready to evaluate Jones as a player until he's exposed to everything in the offense. In other words, the Bills spent a fourth-round draft pick on Jones solely because of his tantalizing upside, and fully understand that the young gunslinger enters the league as a developmental project after seeing just limited action as a starter at Ohio State. Starting QB Tyrod Taylor in under contract with the Bills for another two years, with the second year a club option, allowing Roman at least a couple years time to groom and polish the rookie quarterback.
The second-year quarterback heads into his sophomore campaign with considerable expectations due to his stellar rookie season, as well as his notable physical improvement this offseason. The benefit of working in head coach Dirk Koetter's offensive system for a second consecutive year is also reason for optimism, and the experience Winston gained while starting all 16 games in 2015 have coaches confident he's ready to take on a lot more this season. "Jameis can handle a lot and does handle a lot every day," said Koetter. "He can handle more than we're giving him. Compared to last year at this time, he knows way, way more than he did a year ago at this time. Also if you remember a year ago at this time, he was probably throwing three or four interceptions every single day and you saw even when things broke down today, Jameis pulled the ball down and ran. That's one thing we've been working hard on is our scramble drill." A new-look defense courtesy of coordinator Mike Smith is also helping the effectiveness of the drills, as the unfamiliarity of the scheme has helped test Winston's decision-making with respect to when to take off on the ground as opposed to forcing a throw. Winston is also enjoying the pace of the no-huddle drills, as he feels it accentuates his natural abilities, as well as those of his offensive teammates. "I think me playing fast-paced, the more you can cut out thinking, the better you are," said Winston. "Especially for the young guys that we have, we just get up there, you call a play and you go with it. Any time you can create rhythm and repetition of the same stuff it's good and it works, so I like no-huddle. Everyone likes no huddle."
Manuel has done very little to match his first-round draft status from 2013 and he may have had one of the league's ugliest quarterbacking performances in a decade during last season's London loss to Jacksonville. That said, Ryan and GM Doug Whaley are sticking by him and there's something to be said about Manuel's arm strength and familiarity with the Buffalo offense. However, you'll hear an incredibly loud gasp whenever Tyrod Taylor is slow to get up from the Ralph Wilson Stadium turf this fall.