As training camp gets more competitive, so does vying for positions, and some players are getting a jump on their season by bringing their best moves early on.
But with that comes the risk of injury, something no team wants to experience before the first game of the year when their hopes are still high.
Three things that matter
Is the Fitzmagic back?
The quarterback competition is heating up in Miami, and Ryan Fitzpatrick appears to be honing in on the starting role as Dolphins coach Brian Flores noted the veteran has the edge over second-year signal-caller Josh Rosen.
“From a quarterback standpoint, it’s pretty clear to me that Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way,” Flores said Tuesday, via the Miami Herald . “He’s been more productive. At the end of the day, that’s what it comes down to.”
Fitzpatrick had a hot streak with the Buccaneers last season as he filled in admirably for the suspended Jameis Winston, finishing with 2,366 passing yards for 17 touchdowns with 12 interceptions in seven starts, and apparently he still has plenty of gas left in the tank.
Andrew Luck dealing with calf strain
Given his injury history, it’s somewhat concerning the Colts quarterback experienced no improvement “pain-wise” with his calf injury suffered this spring.
“I did a disservice to myself by saying I’d be ready,” Luck said Tuesday, per CBS Sports . “Its a calf strain. I say lower leg because I feel pain at my ankle.”
Nonetheless, Colts coach Frank Reich is optimistic Luck would be available if the team had a regular-season game Sunday. But that doesn’t mean the team won’t continue to exercise caution with his health. Reich added Luck will likely miss the next two practices and sit out the Colts’ preseason opener against the Bills, though he reiterated the plan was to sit him anyway.
Eli Manning appears to be Giants’ man
It was unlikely that rookie quarterback Daniel Jones would start over the experiened veteran, but Giants coach Pat Shurmur clarified the sixth-overall draft pick hasn’t taken a snap with the first-team offense yet. However, Shurmur preached patience as he hinted Jones would get his reps in eventually.
“We have a plan for how this is all going to play out,” Shurmur said. “Just let it unfold for you.”
Despite his inconsistencies in 2018 as the Giants finished 5-11, it appears the Giants are willing to give Manning one more chance before moving on from the 38-year-old.
Two things that don’t matter
Julio Jones won’t play preseason games
The Falcons wide receiver is entering his ninth season in the league, so he doesn’t feel the need to risk injury by playing in preseason games that don’t count.
“I’m not playing preseason. I’m a veteran, I’ve been doing this. I don’t need preseason to get ready,” Jones told reporters Tuesday.
The holdout isn’t surprising for Jones considering he didn’t play in any preseason games last year and appeared in just one the previous season.
Tyreek Hill suffered bruised quad
The Chiefs wide receiver limped off the field at practice Tuesday and was taken away by a cart after he was hit by cornerback Bashaud Breeland, though it was later reported he suffered a quad bruise and seems to have avoided serious injury.
— Zach Fisher (@NPNowFisher) July 30, 2019
It’s unclear if Hill will be sidelined this week or beyond, but considering the Bengals recently lost star A.J. Green for up to eight weeks with an ankle injury, it’s safe to assume the Chiefs will be careful.
One video you have to see
In honor of launching his new documentary series called “Peyton’s Places” on ESPN+, former quarterback Peyton Manning lobbed a football to Cris Carter … from the top of a building in New York City.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 30, 2019
Tuesday tweet of the day
Chad Johnson, who last played with the Patriots in 2011, wants teams experiencing injury troubles to know his services are available.
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) July 30, 2019