NFL training camp season is officially here, and with come a cavalcade of news — both good and bad.
Veterans reported to camp Tuesday, which kicks off the beginning of the last phase before the 2022 NFL season begins on Sept. 8 with the Buffalo Bills taking on the reigning Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.
Here is a brief breakdown of the biggest news and updates from around the league.
The biggest news coming out of 49ers camp Tuesday revolves around the future of two of their young stars. Dynamic wideout Deebo Samuel reported for the first day of practice and won’t hold out after his tumultuous offseason. As for quarterback Trey Lance, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said the team “have moved on to Trey” following a conversation with himself, general manager John Lynch and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. San Francisco gave Garoppolo permission to find a trade partner.
Julio Jones is signing a one-year deal to join Tom Brady and the Bucs, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
There was speculation that Jones was a candidate to join the Indianapolis Colts, reuniting with QB Matt Ryan. Indy general manager Chris Ballard shot that down.
Jones tallied 848 receptions, almost 13,000 receiving yards and 60 receiving touchdowns in 10 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Jones was traded to the Titans last offseason and released this past March.
It sounds like the Titans will shut down running back Derrick Henry for the preseason.
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel “wouldn’t anticipate seeing him” in any preseason games this summer. Henry is recovering from a foot injury that sidelined him for the second half of the 2021 season. He returned for the Titans’ lone playoff game of the season and rushed 20 times. The Titans appear uninterested in putting their franchise running in harm’s way before the 2022 season officially kicks off.
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The Dolphins added veteran wideout Mohamed Sanu on the first day of camp, according to his agent. Sanu last played eight games for the 49ers in 2021, where he caught 15 passes for 117 yards. He previously played for the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals.
Kansas City signed former Cowboys defensive end Azur Kamara, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Kamara was an undrafted free agent out of Kansas who was featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” in 2020. He mostly played special teams in nine games that season and was waived at the end of the year. Kamara joined the Carolina Panthers after, but was waived on May 11, 2022.
Offensive tackle Mekhi Becton’s status has been the biggest (football-related) storyline of the Jets’ offseason. He has been sidelined since Week 1 of last season after dislocating his knee, but Becton officially reported to camp Tuesday after being placed on the physically unable to perform list. The team is reportedly happy with his progress, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini, and Becton’s personal nutritionist said the tackle has “slimmed down a lot.”
Outside linebacker Roquan Smith is engaged in a pseudo-holdout with the Bears. While Smith reported to camp Tuesday, he won’t practice as he heads into the fifth year of his rookie contract.
“I don’t know what his intentions are,” Bears general manager Ryan Poles said, per the Chicago Tribune. “I know he has checked in [to camp]. And we’re going to take it from there and gather information and take this one step at a time. That’s all I can do.”
“I’m not going to get into the contract piece,” Poles added. “But like I’ve said about him, nothing has changed from my end in terms of how I feel about the player and what he can bring to this team.”