WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Defensive end Cameron Jordan had a breakout season in 2013, making his first trip to the Pro Bowl, racking up 12.5 sacks and being widely recognized for his role in the New Orleans Saints' defensive revival. But, Jordan said, "It wasn't good enough." "It's one thing to have a good year like I did last year. But it has to be better. Everything that the team does has to be better because clearly it wasn't enough to get to the Super Bowl," said Jordan, who insisted Thursday that he was more driven than ever this offseason, increasing his daily workouts.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A quick-hit thought on each member of the New England Patriots’ rookie draft class through the first eight practices of training camp: DL Dominique Easley (first round, 29th overall) -- Remains on the active/physically unable to perform list as he continues to build strength in his previously torn ACL. QB Jimmy Garoppolo (second round, 62nd overall) -- Has flashed a quick release, polished presence, and a hard-working approach while throwing the most interceptions of any quarterback, as one would expect for a rookie in the initial stages of learning a complex offense.
MANKATO, Minn. -- Setting up the day at Minnesota Vikings camp: Today's schedule: The Vikings have their normal routine of a 10:30-11:30 walk-through and a 3 p.m.-5:10 p.m. practice at Minnesota State University. Defensive coordinator George Edwards and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer are scheduled to talk to reporters after the morning walk-through. More observations from Thursday's practice: The Vikings have been doing extensive work with Xavier Rhodes, their talented second-year corner who still seems to be learning to trust his instincts in coverage.
CINCINNATI -- Thanks to Marvin Lewis, a generation has passed since the Cincinnati Bengals were a joke. Kids today have never heard of the "Bungles" or David Klingler or Ki-Jana Carter or Akili Smith. They couldn't fathom an NFL team missing the playoffs in 20 of 22 seasons, as the Bengals did from 1983 through 2004. These days, the Bengals are, well, a professional football franchise. They draft good players, employ skilled coaches to develop them and are a perennial playoff contender.