The New York Giants have leaned on their pass rush in recent years, but one of the team's most important defensive linemen may not be ready for Week 1. Jason Pierre-Paul underwent back surgery this summer, adding Saturday that he's not ready to discuss whether he will be on the field for the Giants' first game of the season.
Pierre-Paul has been dealing with back pain since 2011, and told SB Nation's Giants blog, Big Blue View, that it was getting to be too much before the procedure.
"The back is a really, really horrible pain to have, and back surgery period. And you don't want to rush back. I'm not concentrated on the first game, second game, third game, fourth game, fifth game, sixth game, I'm just trying to come back when I feel like I'm ready to come back."
Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell locked in training camp battle
Mikel Leshoure worked as the Lions' No. 2 running back on Sunday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. For most of the spring and early part of training camp, Joique Bell had been filling that role. Reggie Bush should see a healthy workload, but Leshoure and Bell will battle it out to be the secondary back.
Reggie Wayne and Darrius Heyward-Bey top Colts wide receiver depth chart
Reggie Wayne and Darrius Heyward-Bey started as the Colts' wide receivers in their base package, according to Mike Chappele. T.Y. Hilton is presumed to be the third wide receiver and will likely work out of the slot. Stampede Blue, SB Nation's Colts blog, broke down the team's wide receiver competition heading into training camp.
While I do expect Hilton to improve, the fans expecting him to light up the stat sheet every week are probably going to be disappointed. Hilton left a lot of plays on the field last season in between all of the deep passes he managed to reel in. Even though I love his YAC ability, he's going to be limited to routes closer to the line of scrimmage, which should decrease his yards per catch and receiving yards at the end of the season.
But even if Hilton is the No. 3 receiver in title, he should be on the field often and serve as one of the team's best weapons on offense. Just don't fret over his stats too much.
Denard Robinson struggles at Jaguars camp, Marcedes Lewis is distraction-free
Denard Robinson wasn't quite as effective at Jaguars training camp on Sunday, according to John Oesher of Jaguars.com. While he ran for a touchdown during team drills, he had a few drops at wide receiver and lost a fumble when running a play from the wildcat. He's going to get a chance to make an impact on offense, but it's unclear at this point how the Jaguars will get him involved. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert did improve on Sunday, though, which is a positive the team can take away from practice.
In other Jaguars news, Marcedes Lewis feels as focused as he has been in years, with a custody dispute behind him and a new culture in the Jaguars facility. He hasn't quite lived up to his contract in recent years, but Lewis feels mentally ready for a big season in Jacksonville.