Most NFL Training Camps have been going on since the end of last week, and boy has the excitement been at an all time high. I really think the NFL could not have planned a more entertaining first few days to this spectacle. First of all, you have the continued conflict between Redskin’s overpaid star Albert Haynesworth and new Head Coach, Mike Shanahan. Haynesworth still has not passed his conditioning test and has not been able to practice. Good luck to Albert in ever mending his relationship with Coach Shanahan and in figuring out all the nuances of the new 3-4 defensive scheme. This is all a shame for the Skins, who really need Haynesworth to come out and perform at a high level. I mean the guy did just sign a 21 million dollar bonus in April! But there is no question that the relationship between Coach and player is boiling in Washington.
Also, there is the typical injury bug going around the League. I am not sure if anyone has gotten it worse than Denver. During the course of one drill, both their running backs, Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter were injured. Though Buckhalter’s injury does not appear serious, it is still eerie that both guys got hurt during the same drill. Maybe Tim Tebow will be the answer in saving this once dominant franchise (the former Florida savior)? The Ravens also took a big hit with the loss of one of their starting cornerbacks, Domonique Foxworth. Most people said the only flaw on this team was the lack of cornerbacks. Well that situation just got worse. Maybe Ray Lewis can man cover some of the receivers in this division like Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco (just kidding). Also in injury news, Wes Welker participated in parts of Patriot’s practice yesterday. This is a fantastic sign for Patriot Nation. Realize that Wes Welker had 123 catches by himself last season, which was 4 less than what TO and Ochocinco caught combined last year.
Also in the AFC, the Darrelle Revis holdout is officially on. Revis has left to go hang out on Revis Island until the Jets offer him a contract that he feels is what he deserves. Now most receivers never want to book a trip to Revis Island, but Darrelle is at ease on his beautiful island getaway. Revis is determined to be the highest paid cornerback in the League. He wants to make more than Nnamdi Asomugha. And can you really blame him? Revis hands down was the best corner in the League last year. This is a League where a player can get hurt at any time. Why not cash in when your stock is at it’s highest possible point? If I am the Jets, I pay up, and quick. This guy is essential to their AFC East and Super Bowl hopes.
And in probably the biggest news of all, or at least in the region, Terrell “TO Show” Owens arrived at Bengal’s training camp (though he was late due to missing a flight). The Bengals are seeing record crowds for their training camp as the TO Frenzy continues to spread all throughout the region. People are excited, and rightfully so. The expectations are rising by the day. And TO and Ocho seem up to the challenge. I mean when was the last time that you can remember a Bengal being the Sunday Conversation on Sportscenter? Better yet, when can you remember a Sunday Conversation where the guests brought popcorn and chapstick?
So there you have it. Training camp is underway. Teams are working hard out in the heat. Rookies are getting hazed (other than Dez Bryant), learning brand new systems, and adjusting to the pro lifestyle. The media are enjoying covering their respective teams again. Coaches are yelling. Many are fighting for roster spots. Guys are getting hyped for their September openers. Injuries are galore. Arguments are heated. And in Cincy, the two-headed monster is carrying around popcorn for the show and chapstick to “Kiss the baby.”
You got to love NFL Training Camp.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.