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Training Camp Watch: Thursday's reports from around the NFL

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TSN.ca Staff
7/31/2014 12:24:53 PM
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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.

Johnny Be Not So Good?

Johnny Manziel may be behaving well off the field so far at Cleveland Browns' training camp, but his performance on the field has reportedly been lacking.

Jason Gibbs of ESPN Cleveland has been tracking Manziel over the first four day of camp and his numbers haven't been too pretty. In seven-on-seven team drills, the controversial quarterback has completed just 42 of 85 passes (49.4 per cent), has been sacked twice and thrown three interceptions. Another three plays were aborted because of confusion. Manziel has completed one touchdown pass so far at camp.

Brian Hoyer is still getting all the first-team reps, but head coach Mike Pettine said Thursday that Manziel will start to see some reps with the ones soon. 

Downed Canuck

The Baltimore Ravens lost one of their draft picks - a Canadian - for the season on Thursday.

Head coach John Harbaugh confirmed that defensive lineman Brent Urban will be put on the injured reserve with a torn ACL.

The fourth round pick out of Virginia suffered the injury Wednesday during practice when he got tangled up with fellow rookie lineman Timmy Jernigan.

Urban is from Mississauga and is also a second round pick of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Take Some Time

The Miami Dolphins appear to be taking no chances with their star wide receiver Mike Wallace.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Wallace will not practice until at least next week and will miss Miami's intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday with a hamstring injury.

Wallace missed Wednesday's session and said his hamstring was "tight" earlier this week.

Last season was his first with the Dolphins after spending the first four years of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Miami is counting on the 27-year-old being a major part of their offence in 2014, so for them to be cautious should come as no surprise.

Different Opinions

New York Jets second-year player Dee Milliner said he was the best cornerback in the game over the weekend and he's gotten his share of criticism for it.

Former Jets' special teams coach Mike Westhoff was on ESPN radio Wednesday and shared his opinion of Milliner.

"Dee Milliner is a guy that, it's just taking him a little while," Westhoff said to ESPN. "I was not very impressed with his rookie year. He made the mistake—and sometimes I think it's the way a guy phrases an answer to a question—about being the best cornerback in the league, and he said that he was. Man, I'm not sure he's the best cornerback up here in Cortland. And I might include the university."

Impressive Showing

Drew Brees may have a new top receiver to look for this season.

The Times-Picayune in New Orleans is reporting second-year wideout Nick Toon has been one of the most impressive players at Saints' camp so far. He has "consistently come up with catches on nearly every pass pattern during training camp through the first five days," according to the Times-Picayune.

Toon only appeared in eight games during his rookie season last year, recording four receptions.



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