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Training Camp Watch: Tuesday's latest from around the NFL

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TSN.ca Staff
7/29/2014 11:44:47 AM
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With 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.

Brady Bunch?

While reports have come out saying Brian Hoyer is the current front-runner for the starting quarterback job in Cleveland, none have heralded the 28-year-old as one of the greatest of all time.

Insert Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, who told Cleveland's The Plain Dealer that his QB is a lot like a living legend over in New England.

"He's a lot like Tom Brady," Thomas said. "When you look at the way he competes and the way he demands the most out of everybody around him, it's no coincidence that those guys played together. (Hoyer) has a lot of those same mental attributes and that's a great thing for a quarterback to have.

"He's the ultimate competitor, and no matter if we drafted a quarterback No. 1 overall, I knew that in his mind he expects to win the job because that's the type of competitor he is and the type of quarterback."

Hoyer was Brady's backup with the Patriots from 2009-2011.

Back In Action

The New Orleans Saints can breathe a little easier now with their prize off-season acquisition back on the field.

Safety Jairus Byrd practiced in full pads Tuesday morning and is off the physically unable to perform list.

Byrd signed a six-year, $56 million contract free-agent contract with the Saints this off-season, but couldn't attend any practices due to back surgery. The 27-year-old was put on the PUP list last week before training camp started, but seems ready to go now.

Byrd also tweeted earlier Tuesday, "thankful for the day…Be blessed."

Look To The West

Third-round pick Terrance West might not be the No. 1 running back for the Cleveland Browns to start the season, but is definitely turning heads at training camp.

Browns running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery had some high praise for the rookie out of Towson.

"Terrance West has some shades of Brian Westbrook," Montgomery said to the Akron Beacon-Journal. "He can break you down with his right leg. He can break you down with his left leg. He has that Ricky Watters, Walter Payton, lure-you-to-sleep-on-the-sideline move that I can accelerate or play like I'm going to accelerate and come back inside. Those are traits I haven't seen in a while."

Off-season pickup Ben Tate is likely the favourite to grab the top position out of camp - and has taken most of the first-team reps so far in practice - but West is not far behind.

Depth of Field

The New England Patriots got some good news in the return of cornerback Alfonzo Dennard to the practice field on Tuesday.

Dennard opened training camp on the PUP list after shoulder surgery during the off-season. He joins a deep corps of corners that features Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Kyle Arrington and Logan Ryan.

The sophomore, who has started 20 games in the regular season and playoffs in his first two seasons, can expect to see plenty of playing time to open the season as the Patriots will be forced to make do without Browner, who will serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Brian Hoyer (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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