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- NFL Mini-Camp Report - Part 1

Chris Pokorny June 18, 2006
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CLEVELAND, Oh. (PFCritics) -- Team mini-camp reports are in, and we've already seen a fair amount of what NFL teams may be implementing this year in their gameplans. Here are exclusive team mini-camp reports, brought to you by PFCritics.com.

-Arizona Cardinals
-Rookie QB Matt Leinart is not even thinking about his contract situation yet, according to Darren Urban of the East Valley Tribune.

-Baltimore Ravens
-WR Derrick Mason will be ready by training camp, according to Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun. Mason will be reunited with QB Steve McNair from their days in Tennessee.

-Cincinnati Bengals
-Bengals QB Carson Palmer will likely be ready to practice by the start of training camp on July 29th, reports Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. Coach Marvin Lewis stated that Palmer may not actually play in the first preseason game though, if he's not ready.
-RB Chris Perry may be limited when training camp starts due to injury. DT Sam Adams says that he'll be ready to go by training camp.
-Marvin Lewis had declared the team's minicamp as a success, according to Mark Curnutte of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"It's been a good five practices, a good three days," Lewis said. "We came out of it ahead of where we went into it. Kind of know, because of the back-to-back practices, get to check the conditioning level a little bit. We've had great, hot humid weather, which has been good. Give the guys a little introduction of what it will be like down in Georgetown."

-Cleveland Browns
-Browns rookie LB Kamerion Wimbley is starting to feel a bit more comfortable as he makes the switch from defensive end to outside linebacker, reports Patrick McManamon of the Akron Beacon Journal.
-CB Pete Hunter is already making a strong case to be the team's fourth cornerback, according to the Sports Xchange. Also, rookie LB D'Qwell Jackson is battling LB Chaun Thompson for the starting inside linebacker job.
-QB Charlie Frye is already looking bigger, stronger, and more confident according to Zac Jackson of ClevelandBrowns.com. Frye is performing like a leader thus far, and has added to his playmaking ability.

-Green Bay Packers
-Packers WR Rod Gardner did not attent everything he should have to the liking of offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, according to the AP.

"I wish he was here through the whole (month)," Jagodzinski said. "The more you can be here, the better.

-Kansas City Chiefs
-Chiefs backup QB Damon Huard took most of the snaps during minicamp, as the team is trying to limit Trent Green's workload according to Bob Gretz of KCChiefs.com.

-Miami Dolphins
-WR Kelly Campbell will be getting a longer look at his position after Marty Booker injured himself, according to Jason Cole of the Sporting News.

-New England Patriots
-Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not concerned about Deion Branch's holdout, reports Mike Reiss and Jerome Soloman of the Boston Globe.

"I think the world of Deion," Kraft said. "I'm hoping everything works out, but I'm going to leave that to coach Belichick and [vice president of player personnel] Scott Pioli. These are things that somehow have a way of working themselves out."

-New York Giants
-Many people are still upset over Plaxico Burress' behavior after last season ended, despite his so-called "apology".
-The Giants have a lot of talent defensively. They added LB LaVar Arrington, CB Sam Madison, and S Will Demps in the offseason.

-New York Jets
-Jets head coach reported that he is pleased with the progress of the rookie-deep offensive line thus far.

"I like their progress. Both guys are working as hard as they can. They're extremely mature and their approach is great. But they're rookies, and at the end of the day, they're rookies. Their attitude is outstanding. I'm happy with where they are in terms of their effort and their performance. They're seeing a lot of things they've never seen before, dealing with a lot of things they've never dealt with before, in a whole new world, at a whole new level. But I'd say that both of them, are ready for the challenge and they're excited about the challenge and they're embracing the challenge. There's going to be bumps with them and there's going to be bumps with a lot of things in a new situation. But they're really, really working hard at it, which is great."

-Philadelphia Eagles
-Eagles rookie DT Brodrick Bunkley is struggling to get things going so far, says defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.
"I think the light has come on just a little bit more this last week," he said. "I think he's played much better. I think his technique has improved a little, for what we want. But it's still a work in progress. He's not there yet."
-McNabb has stated that it's too hard to decide who the team's No. 1 receiver will be. Right now, Reggie Brown may be leading the way. However, Jabar Gaffney and Greg Lewis have done a fairly solid job as well with McNabb.

-San Francisco 49ers
-FB Chris Hetherington is trying to maintain his lead at the position over FB Moran Norris, reports Matthew Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. OT Kwame Harris and OT Adam Snyder are also competing for the right tackle job.
-WR Derrick Hamilton should be back by the start of training camp after injuring his left knee last May. Center Jeremy Newberry should be ready as well.
-Rookie LB Manny Lawson is leading the way at the right side of the outside linebacker position so far.

-St. Louis Rams
-Although he hasn't decided yet, many feel that RB Marshall Faulk will retire before the 2006 season begins.

-Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-QB Luke McCown has suffered a minor knee injury, according to Scott Reynolds of PewterReport.com. However, the severity of the injury is not known 100% yet.

-Tennessee Titans
-WR Tyrone Calico's injury problems continue to persist, as he will undergo another MRI.
-The Titans would like to work in a system with all three RB's involved between Chris Brown, Travis Henry, and rookie LenDale White, according to the Tennessean.

-Washington Redskins
-LB Warrick Holdman is currently winning the race at the weakside linebacker position, but LB Chris Clemons and LB Rocky McIntosh are not too far behind, reports Gary Fitzgerald of Redskins.com.

Stay tuned to PFCritics.com for the rest of our reports on Atlanta, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Houston, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New Orleans, Oakland, Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Seattle.


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