Training camp quick hitters

Rookie quarterback Alex Smith continues to impress in 49ers training camp, but anointing him the season starter won't be occurring any time soon.

  • According to those close to the San Francisco 49ers, Alex Smith is grasping the offensive terminology and is the most physically gifted of the quarterbacks in 49ers camp. Additionally, second-year wide receiver Rashaun Woods again was held out of practice and rookie running back Frank Gore continues to push starter Kevin Barlow. Keep an eye on Gore, as all indications are the 49ers coaching staff is giving him every opportunity to win the starting spot, though Barlow continues to hold him off and is the likely starter for the season opener.
  • Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner continues to have trouble with his velocity on the ball, as most balls thrown wobble. Despite this shortcoming, Warner and the exciting trio of wide receivers in Cardinals camp are meshing. Head coach Dennis Green likes what he has saw of rookie running back J.J. Arrington, with Troy Hambrick unable to practice and Marcel Shipp just returning to the field, Arrington has had the opportunity to impress.
  • Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Brandon Stokley suffered a second-degree shoulder separation in practice and could be shelved for a month. Former starting linebacker Rob Morris has been relegated to backup status, but has been told he will have the opportunity to compete for a starting position.
  • Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe looks quite comfortable in camp practices thus far, leaving the Cowboys coaching staff moderately surprised. Bledsoe is believed to be throwing the ball as well as he has in recent years and is displaying great leadership qualities. Also, second-year running back Julius Jones appears stronger and quicker in his second training camp. Rookie defensive end / outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware is beginning to show his tremendous quickness off the edge, but has a long way to go to satisfy head coach Bill Parcells.
  • Recently acquired wide receiver Rod Gardner has been the hit of the Carolina Panthers training camp to this point. Gardner has caught virtually every ball thrown his way and has been explosive. Also, free agent acquisition, offensive guard Mike Wahle has been solid.
  • The Seattle Seahawks continue to contemplate the depth at the wide receiver and defensive end / pass rush specialist facets of the roster. Adding a speed receiver could be in the offing, though the team is currently not in discussions for a player to fill the role. Also, the Seahawks continue to monitor the progress and interest in former Baltimore Ravens pass rusher Peter Boulware.
  • The New York Jets and representatives for standout cornerback Ty Law continue to discuss a contract. Indications coming out of New York are the team and Law's representatives are within a "couple million dollars" of making something happen. While a deal is not considered imminent, this is a situation which could come to a climax quickly.

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