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Training camp watch: Sunday's latest from around the NFL

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TSN.ca Staff
7/27/2014 12:57:13 PM
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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.

Feeling Better?

It looks like Rob Gronkowski is healing more and more each day at New England Patriots camp.

According to NFL Media's Albert Breer, the tight end increased his output to half-to-three quarter speed and moved from strictly individual drills and into 11-on-11.

"Now, for the first few days of camp, he wasn't in 7-on-7 drills and he wasn't in 11-on-11 drills. But what we just saw out here a few minutes ago, that might be changing. They actually had him out there for some half-speed 11-on-11 work, so it looks like he's continuing to take those steps forward toward Week 1," Breer said Sunday.

"Everything that you see here indicates that Gronk is going to be a go for Week 1, even if they are taking it a little easy on him right now."

The Legend Continues

Sammy Watkins has impressed everyone and their cousin at Buffalo Bills training camp and he doesn't look to be slowing down.

The praise heaped on the rookie wideout is firing from all cylinders, including two of the most important members of the Bills organization - general manager Doug Whaley and head coach Doug Marrone.

"Sammy is as advertised, and actually even better than advertised because of everything he does off field," Whaley said, as quoted by CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora. "His preparation, his want to be the best, his professionalism. He is wise beyond his years."

"He's probably the first player up every morning, and then you also see him working on the field after practice. He's really humble, and he's a hard worker. He's earned it. He's been everything you hope for," Marrone added.

First Sighting

The Denver Broncos are playing in front of their fans for the first time since the Super Bowl.

The team had to close its Dove Valley training facilities at training camp because of an ongoing $35 million construction project.

To accommodate their fans, the Broncos are holding three workouts at Sports Authority Field over the next week.

Sunday marked the first chance for fans to get to see Peyton Manning this summer along with the Broncos' draft class and free agents T.J. Ward, Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware and Emmanuel Sanders.

Coach John Fox said, "I think our players are excited. Anytime they walk in there it's such a great spot and we have such great fans. That obviously sparks them."

Fault Line

The Miami Dolphins put on full pads for the first time today at training camp and that still didn't help out the offensive line.

Even though the added gear should have slowed down Miami's speedy defensive front, that group continued to find an edge both in passing and running situations. As a result, Miami's quarterbacks had to get rid of the ball quicker or in some cases take a sack.

Not good news considering Ryan Tannehill was sacked a league-high 58 times last year.

Coach Joe Philbin is being patient early with a brand new starting five that includes a rookie at right tackle in first-round draft pick Ja'Wuan James. But veteran left tackle Branden Albert, a Pro Bowler last year, had his own struggles.

With files from The Associated Press

Rob Gronkowski (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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