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NFL rookie camp report: Taylor Lewan, Morgan Moses vying for starting jobs

The pair of linemen could make immediate impacts with the Titans and Redskins, respectively.

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Taylor Lewan working at both tackle spots

Titans first-rounder Taylor Lewan played left tackle at Michigan, but he's been taking reps on both ends of the line in OTAs. He told The Tennessean he's been doing the majority of his work on the left, but has shifted to the right during drills as well.

"Today was my first significant reps at right tackle," said Lewan. "So there were some growing pains there. Everybody thinks left tackle and right tackle are the same thing. They're not."

The Titans signed Michael Oher in free agency, and the addition of Lewan gives them a ton of flexibility on the line. It's possible he could replace Oher as the starting right tackle. If he ends up on the left, incumbent starter Michael Roos could slide over to replace Oher on the right.

Morgan Moses relearning right tackle spot

There's a strong possibility that Redskins third-rounder Morgan Moses could compete with Tyler Polumbus for the starting right tackle position in Washington. First, he'll have to relearn a position he hasn't played in years.

"It's a great opportunity," Moses told The Washington Post. "But I'm taking it one day at a time, like I said, learning the playbook. Just coming in being a rookie, being a professional, just learning every day."

Moses spent most of his career at right tackle before switching to the left side for his senior year. He was back at right tackle for his snaps during workouts this weekend.

"It's great, man, just getting situated back at right tackle," Moses said. "Just getting back in a right-handed stance, going over the techniques and things. Technique is what's gonna get you through this league. Everybody is athletic. So just learn the different techniques and just getting situated back on the right side -- just getting that feeling back."

Tom Savage off to 'decent start' in Houston

Tom Savage was the only quarterback in Houston Texans camp over the weekend. According to Head Coach Bill O'Brien, he looked impressive.

"He went out there (Friday) and had a decent start to what hopefully is a long career for him," O'Brien told the Houston Chronicle's Brian T. Smith.

"We throw so many things at the quarterback when he comes in here, whether it's knowledge of defense," O'Brien said. "Even in the first night, we spend an hour and a half with the guy in individual meetings, and then expect him to go out there and execute at a high level. It's hard to do. But that's our expectation level here for that position."

The Texans waited until the fourth round in the draft to address their dismal quarterback situation. Savage's only competition will come from veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who joined the team in free agency after a solid run with the Titans.

O'Brien refused to speak about No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney.

Browns keeping Johnny Manziel under wraps

Speaking of out of the spotlight, we haven't been allowed to see much of Johnny Manziel in Cleveland. Striving to stifle his Hollywood persona, the Browns have banned national media from their rookie workouts, and allowed just a 15-minute glimpse of their star quarterback over the weekend.

Manziel went 3-for-3 in that brief window and looked the part, according to The Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot. The media only got to see him make handoffs and throw to backs in the flat before being escorted out.

The team has been very careful in maintaining a low-key approach to the burgeoning superstar. For now, he's been explicitly named the backup.

''I'm a rookie,'' said the former Heisman winner. ''I need to earn my place. I need to earn my keep. Nothing here needs to be handed to me. I don't need to be treated based off what I did in the past, because that doesn't mean a thing at this level.''

Here's a glimpse of Manziel in his first practice:

Jerry Rice Jr. a long shot to make Ravens roster

Jerry Rice Jr., the son of the Hall of Fame receiver, has impressed so far in Baltimore Ravens camp, but still faces a very uphill battle to make the 90-man roster cut.

Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun described his chances of earning an NFL contract as "long odds."

Head Coach John Harbaugh was complimentary of the young wideout.

"Jerry Rice Jr. has done a nice job," Harbaugh said. "He's a really good athlete. He doesn't have his dad's size, but he sure got his athleticism. He runs in a real similar way. He's got that West Coast offense down. He's probably had that playbook since he was in the cradle."