NFL Training Camp 2014: Latest Headlines Surrounding Summer Workouts

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIJuly 26, 2014

Jun 17, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton stretches during the minicamp held at the Carolina Panthers practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

We're still a ways away from the NFL regular season, but there's already plenty of football to talk about.

Training camp is in full swing, and it's our first chance to see the dynamic of teams that underwent big facelifts during the offseason. New head coaches and new stars are working rigorously to make an impact early on in their careers with their new teams, rookies are finding their places on depth charts and superstars are working to get back to top form.

Preparing for the preseason schedule is the main goal of training camp. Some systematic changes get ironed out during this time, so making the most of the summer is paramount for teams in transitional phases.

There's a lot going on in the NFL right now. Below you'll find the latest big headlines.


Andre Johnson's Change of Heart

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Star wide receiver Andre Johnson skipped offseason workouts and wasn't sure if he'd continue to play for the Houston Texans in the weeks leading up to training camp, but that didn't stop him from reporting on time to training camp.

Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports that Johnson has now done a complete 180 in regard to his future with the team:

'I feel very comfortable with the way things are going,' Johnson said.

He added: 'What I said in the offseason had to do with things that happened in the past eight or nine years.'

The longest-tenured Texan and best player in franchise history didn’t hesitate when asked whether he wants to finish his career in Houston.

'That’s the plan,' Johnson said.

Johnson's decision has definitely made the fans happy:

The Texans are certainly in a transitional stage offensively. Johnson remains the team's best weapon outside of Arian Foster, but the question of who will get the big receiver the ball still needs to be answered. Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't a long-term answer, and Pittsburgh product Tom Savage may not be ready for the big show by Week 1.

Johnson is no stranger to inexperienced quarterbacks, however. After all, he dealt with Case Keenum for a good portion of last season. Even with the shoddy performances under center, Johnson still hauled in 109 balls for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns.

The Texans probably aren't going to be a playoff team this upcoming season, but it will be interesting to see how much they improve on their 2-14 mark from last season.


Johnny Manziel Admits His Mistakes

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Johnny Manziel has been the most talked about rookie heading into the season, and it's not entirely because of the quarterback situation with the Cleveland Browns.

Repeatedly the subject of controversial photos, Johnny Football is creating an image for himself—but it might not be one that promotes long-term success or the respect of his teammates.

Manziel was open about the controversy at training camp, via's Dan Hanzus:

Me and coach (Mike) Pettine and (GM) Ray Farmer really talked about a lot of things that transpired over the course of the offseason. The main thing is people within this building, my teammates, the coaching staff, the higher-ups in this organization -- we've all been on the same page, we've all been good and we're very eager to be moving forward.

At the end of the day, I've made some rookie mistakes, there's some things I wish I could have gone back and done a little differently, but continuing to move forward and try to represent this organization in a positive manner and a positive light.

The big story, of course, is that Manziel is competing with Brian Hoyer to be the team's starting quarterback. Hoyer was 3-0 as the team's starter last season, tossing five touchdowns and completing 59.4 percent of his passes.

Manziel, though, has all the potential in the world.

His off-field antics shouldn't play a role in the team's decision if the Browns are focused on winning next season.


Cam Newton Still Isn't Fully Healed

Jul 25, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws a pass during training camp at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Big news came a few days ago from Carolina Panthers camp when quarterback Cam Newton was cleared to take part in workouts:

Bigger news came on Saturday when Newton announced to the media that he still isn't fully healed, via's Kevin Patra: "I can't stress enough that I'm not 100 percent yet," Newton said. "It's just going to take treatment and time."

Even if Newton isn't 100 percent, it's extremely important for him to be back on the field early on. His Panthers were successful last season, and most of their success offensively was because of a strong passing attack.

Well, nearly every weapon has moved on.

Newton's new wideouts include Jerricho Cotchery, Kelvin Benjamin, Jason Avant and Tiquan Underwood. Not one of them really screams "No. 1 wideout," but Benjamin could very well develop into one in the future.

With so many question marks on offense, Newton must establish chemistry with his new receivers quickly.


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