Tag:NFL training camp
Posted on: July 21, 2011 6:30 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 6:51 pm

Report: training camp rosters could expand to 90

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn might be relatively new to breaking news on Twitter but he's one of the best beat writers in the country. So when he passes something along, whatever the medium, it's worth paying attention.

On Thursday afternoon, amid the maelstrom of the latest labor negotiations goings-on, McGinn tweeted two choice nuggets that might have otherwise gotten lost in the mix.

On Tuesday we mentioned an ESPN Wisconsin report that said the Packers told their players to be ready to report this Saturday, even though communication between teams and players is prohibited during the lockout. (The Packers denied the report, by the way.)

So if, as McGinn hears, roughly a third of the league is in violation of this rule, what will NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell do about it? Our guess: nothing. Given all the other things on his plate, we're not sure this ranks particularly high on the to-do list. And who knows, maybe Goodell feels similarly about punishing players who struggled to walk the straight and narrow at any point in the last four months, too.

McGinn tweet No. 2:

This isn't the first time we've heard mention of training camp roster expansion. Last month, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora wrote: "The league's competition committee has broached the idea of expanding training-camp rosters for 2011, considering all of the offseason training activities and teaching time that has been lost, as well as the months of evaluation that teams normally would have to work with depth players and prospects. The idea has been embraced by numerous general managers I spoke to this week and would receive significant support by their ranks if put to a vote."

As as PFT's Michael David Smith noted at the time, "Presumably, the NFLPA* would support the idea as well: Ten more players on each training camp roster means 320 more opportunities for professional football players to find jobs. Having more players in camp might also allow each individual player to take fewer reps and therefore lessen the risk of injury."

Finally, something everyone can agree on. We think.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 3:23 pm

Training camp away from home outdated?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Several training camps are closing down today, and players are returning home. Ten years ago, this would have been somewhat noteworthy. But these days, as Ken Sorenson of the Charlotte Observer points out, a majority of teams hold camp in their home city. The colloquial concept of bunking in a college dorm is dying. Sorenson calls the concept “archaic”.

In the olden, pre-Twitter, days players would pack up at the end of the season and unpack when camp began. When they saw each other it was like a reunion. Now, with summer camp and Organized Team Activities and year-round conditioning, often at the team gym, they’re entwined.

The Panthers are one of the 15 teams that hold true to the old-fashioned tradition. They host camp in Spartanburg, SC, which is 90 from Charlotte.

For three weeks they subsist on football. They don’t mow the lawn, walk the dog, drive the kids to soccer practice or pick up dry cleaning, 2 percent milk or aspirin.

“If we were at home, we’d go our separate ways after practice,” says defensive end Everette Brown. “You should see the video games and card games everybody plays. There’s good bonding here in Spartanburg.”

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