There was plenty of news coming out of NFL training camps Thursday.
A Pro Bowl player surprisingly came out of retirement while a star quarterback addressed his recovery from a major shoulder injury.
That and more in this edition of NFL news and notes.
Three things that matter
Ryan Kalil ends retirement, signs with Jets
That didn’t last long. Ryan Kalil said he was retiring after 2018 but announced Thursday he was returning to the field and signing with the Jets. The center spent his first 12 seasons with the Panthers and made five Pro Bowls during his time with the team. He should provide a big boost to New York’s offensive line, which is tasked with protecting second-year quarterback Sam Darnold.
Cam Newton’s recovery a ‘work in progress’
Cam Newton struggled with a shoulder injury throughout most of 2018 and he underwent offseason surgery in January. Newton, who seems to be on track to start for the Panthers in Week 1 against the Rams, met with the media Thursday for the first time during training camp. Newton said his recovery continues to be a “work in progress” but he’s feeling “good.”
Amari Cooper weighs in on Michael Thomas’ new contract
Amari Cooper is entering the final year of his contract and he could be in line to receive a similar deal to the five-year, $100 million extension Michael Thomas signed with the Saints this week. Cooper was asked about Thomas’ new deal and replied (via The Athletic): “It was a big contract. Good for him. … I don’t know (if it will impact me). Hopefully.”
He added: “I’m just not interested about the contract. For some reason it’s just not on my mind. I’m more interested in just playing football.”
Two things that don’t matter
Jaguars’ Quincy Williams out with meniscus tear
Linebacker Quincy Williams, the Jaguars’ third-round pick in 2019, tore the meniscus in his right knee and will miss four to six weeks. Williams, however, isn’t expected to miss much regular-season action and could be healthy Week 1 against the Chiefs.
Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky entertained by MVP talk
Mitchell Trubisky probably won’t be the MVP, however, that hasn’t stopped some from speculating he might be in the conversation. Trubisky, who was the most popular MVP futures bet in early July, according to Caesar’s palace, told NFL.com: “It’s funny. All the people betting on me to win in Vegas, it’s just good odds. So, why not? If it happens, the payout is great. If not, you don’t lose that much.”
One video you have to see
Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry makes a nice catch over his defender’s helmet in practice.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 1, 2019
Thursday tweet of the day
JJ Watt continues to show he’s a stand-up person.
When you trade the shoes off your feet and the gloves off your hands for a service member’s military jacket.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) August 1, 2019