With the majority of NFL training camps underway, the league is abuzz with position battles, injury news and rookies making an immediate impact.
Each day, TSN.ca provides the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NFL beat.
Johnny the Sub?
In an interview with ESPN Cleveland, Browns head coach Mike Pettine said the team has already discussed having quarterback Johnny Manziel run set package plays in order to get him on the field in his rookie year.
"We ran some of the zone-read stuff in practice and Kyle (Shanahan) incorporated some of the mobile quarterback elements of what he did in Washington," Pettine said. We're still going to go back to the beginning in pads, but as we get going, some of the stuff that's more game plan-specific that we don't want to show, we might work on in our walk-throughs as opposed to a public practice." Pettine noted that the strategy has been successful for other quarterbacks, and therefore he won't rule out the possibility.
"I've seen that work, so I'm not close-minded to that," Pettine added. "That's how Colin Kaepernick got his start in the NFL, as a package quarterback. On the other side of the ball, I've seen that give defenses some trouble. I think there's positives and negatives to it. You're taking your starter off the field. You have his rhythm and continuity to take into account, but at the same time defensively you're now forcing a team to basically come up with two game plans. I mean, there are pluses and minuses to it and it's something I'm sure will be discussed at some point. I'm willing to say that the starter will be against it and the backup will be for it."
Pettine reiterated that the Browns starting quarterback will be named by the team's third preseason game on August 23, but said he has not decided whether both Manziel and quarterback Brian Hoyer will each start a preseason game before that. Hoyer will start the Browns' first preseason game.
After requesting a trade this offseason and skipping several team workouts, Andre Johnson reported to training camp on Friday.
Johnson has spent all 11 of his NFL seasons with the Texans after being selected by the third-overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. The 33-year-old hauled in 109 passes last season for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns.
Johnson was reportedly unhappy the Texans refused to use the first-overall pick in May's draft on a quarterback. The team used the pick on defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is listed as the Texans starter under centre this season.
Gronk Playing it Safe
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski practiced on Thursday with a brace on surgically repaired knee and a protective sleeve on his twice-broken right arm.
Gronkowski underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL on January 9 and has yet to take place in any team drills at training camp. However, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, Gronkowski was running, cutting and planting without reluctance on Thursday. He also spent time catching passes from quarterback Tom Brady after practice.
In seven games with the Patriots in 2013, Gronkowski had 39 catches for 592 yards and four touchdowns.