NFL Notes: Vick playing mentor role again

NFL Notes: Vick playing mentor role again
July 27, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Geno Smith (left) and Michael Vick look on during Jets training camp. (AP)

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Michael Vick dropped back, peered down the field and flicked his wrist.

The football zipped through the air about 50 yards and dropped into the arms of a wide receiver running in stride. And it all looked so effortless for the New York Jets quarterback.

"Whoa!" one young fan shouted at a recent training camp practice. "Man, he's still got it!"

Vick knows it.

Everyone else is starting to see it, too

Thing is, Vick also believes he can not only be a starter in the NFL, but a star. Right now, he's in line to back up Geno Smith this season. And, just as he did last year in Philadelphia, he's doing everything he can to help a young quarterback get better as a high-profile mentor (see full story).

Browns: Manziel's day at Browns camp
BEREA, Ohio -- A look at Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel's day at training camp.

Seeing Johnny
Fans simply can't get enough of Johnny Football. The crowd along the sideline cheered after the rookie completed his first few passes of the day, and after practice, he approached fans waiting for an autograph accompanied by a "John-ny! John-ny!" chant.

Being Johnny
On the field, it was a tougher day for Manziel. He was inconsistent during team drills, lofting and underthrowing multiple passes. But he did fire some impressive bullets, stepping up in the pocket to connect with wide receiver Charles Johnson and throwing a pass down the middle to wide receiver Miles Austin that resulted in a diving grab.

Coaching Johnny
First-year coach Mike Pettine wasn't ready to offer his opinion of Manziel's uneven practice.

"I don't know if I want to stand here every day just walking off the field and evaluate the performance," Pettine said. "Sometimes you think one thing and you get in and watch a tape and your opinion changes completely," (see full story).

Packers: Next extension for Cobb?
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Randall Cobb doesn't know if he's next on the Green Bay Packers re-signing to-do list. His teammates are assuming that's the case.

One day after fellow wide receiver Jordy Nelson signed a reported four-year, $39 million contract extension, Cobb stood at his locker Sunday following the team's second training-camp practice and faced question after question about when he might get a new deal.

But it wasn't just reporters talking about it.

Not long after news of Nelson's deal broke, other players were talking to him about Cobb, who's entering the final year of his rookie deal, being next to get a new deal (see full story).

Panthers: Hardy hates being distraction
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy says he wants to remain with the Carolina Panthers beyond this season.

Hardy addressed the media before Sunday's practice but refused to answer specific questions about his recent conviction on two domestic violence charges except to say, "I hate that I have distracted my team."

Hardy, the team's franchise player, was convicted this month of assaulting a female and communicating threats and sentenced to a 60-day suspended jail sentence and 18 months' probation following a May 13 incident in which he attacked his ex-girlfriend in his apartment. Hardy is appealing the conviction.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman has refused to discuss Hardy's future with the team.

Hardy says "I love this place. This is a great atmosphere. I love the ownership (and) my teammates (see full story)."

Jets: Rookie Pryor has concussion
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- New York Jets rookie safety Calvin Pryor has been diagnosed with a concussion, and tight end Jace Amaro was sidelined in the middle of practice after tweaking his right knee.

Coach Rex Ryan clarified Sunday that Pryor was injured while covering a kickoff -- not a punt return, as he originally thought -- during drills Saturday when the returner was knocked into him. Pryor, the team's first-round draft pick, was not at practice and will be sidelined while he goes through the NFL's protocol for head injuries.

Amaro, New York's second-rounder, says his knee buckled Sunday, the result of a nagging tendon injury he has felt throughout the offseason. He says he should be fine when the Jets next take the practice field on Tuesday.

Patriots: Greg Orton released
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have released wide receiver Greg Orton two days after he suffered a leg injury.

Orton was taken off the practice field on a cart Friday just two days after signing as a free agent. He was on the practice squads of Denver for part of the 2011 season and all of the next season and of the Patriots from Dec. 31 to May 22.

The Patriots also say they've signed wide receivers Brian Tyms and Cole Stanford.

Tyms had two catches for 12 yards in seven games with Cleveland after starting last season on Miami's practice squad.

Stanford is a rookie free agent from Cal Poly who had 43 receptions and 314 yards rushing in 42 college games (see full story).

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