The hot topic around NFL training camps has been the differing team policies regarding the use of the social networking site Twitter. Teams are implementing different tweeting policies for players and media.
The talk of training camp is typically something to do with position battles or a new coaching regime being put in place. But this season, the word of camp has been "Twitter."
Twitter, the social networking site that allows people to track the comings and goings of fellow Twitter members, has been causing something of a furor around NFL training camps. The Vikings looked to ban Twittering reporters from practices, but later amended the ban not to include practices in which the public can view.
The release of Aundrae Allison earlier this week was first announced on the Twitter page of agent Drew Rosenhaus. San Diego cornerback Antonio Cromartie
was taken to task by his coaches for tweeting that the Chargers training camp food is the worst in the league and questioned whether that could be the reason that Chargers have so consistently struggled in the playoffs. The Packers have instituted a fine of $1,701 to any player caught Twittering. Volatile Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco
has vowed to use Twitter during games, which will likely put him in hot water (again) if he follows through on the threat.
The highly popular service is clearly on the NFL radar and it likely won't be long until a Twitter policy is enacted. It would seem strange in a year where there are so many new coaches, high-profile players in new places and quarterback battles in at least a half-dozen NFL camps that something could steal the headlines from all of them, but it would seem that Twitter has become the buzz word of Camp '09 throughout the league.
After the Vikings denied reports that the team was "doing its homework" on Michael Vick, it would seem the Packers are taking the signing of Vick much more seriously. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the Packers not only haven't denied interest in Vick, they are said to be "doing their due diligence" in potentially signing the recently re-instated quarterback.
The Vikings have started incorporating their version of the Wildcat Offense in training camp practices, with both Percy Harvin and Chester Taylor taking direct snaps from center.
Former Viking Koren Robinson, unable to find an invitation to an NFL training camp, has opted to sign with the Orlando Tuskers of the UFL.
Rick Spielman told the Star Tribune Wednesday that he is extremely impressed with new QB Sage Rosenfels, who would appear to have a leg up on Tarvaris Jackson in the battle for the starting QB job. Jackson returned to practice Wednesday, but is still playing with a knee brace and was working with the third team during quarterback drills.
Scott Linehan, the new offensive coordinator for the Lions, was supposed to be a positive reason for Daunte Culpepper to feel good about his chances of starting the season as Detroit's No. 1 QB. However, Linehan has done nothing but praise the performance of Matthew Stafford, the first overall pick in April's draft.
The Vikings signed running back Antone Smith to replace Aundrae Allison on the roster. It was believed that Allison, a loner on the team who found it difficult to make close friends, was released earlier this week as a chance to give him additional time to sign on with another team rather than wait until the cut-down dates.
Defensive tackle Tremaine Johnson has switched jersey numbers, from his former 67 to 95, the number previously worn by Kenechi Udeze.
Ironically, Twitter went down Thursday morning, causing a stir among reporters who actually had to watch the action and take notes. Unbelievable! Now that it is back up, you can follow Viking Update's tweets at twitter.com/vikingupdate.