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Julio Jones says he won't hold out, Kelvin Benjamin has another hamstring injury and more

Julio Jones doesn't plan to hold out to get a new contract, Kelvin Benjamin is dealing with yet another hamstring injury and more from the NFL on Wednesday.

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is participating in the team's ongoing mandatory minicamp and told reporters on Wednesday that he has no plans to hold out when training camp starts. When asked if he ever thought about holding out for a new deal, Jones said, "No. I want to win," according to Andrew Hirsh of the team website.

Jones wants a long-term contract extension and as one of the best receivers in the NFL, he obviously deserves it. Fortunately for the Falcons, Jones is patient and has faith the Falcons will take care of him when the time comes. For Jones, it's just business as usual, and attending voluntary and mandatory organized team activities is a show of good faith for the team.

"I'm just trying to be the best teammate. I'm just trying to play. My thing is to play ball," he said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.

Jones, who is currently set to play this season under the fifth-year option, is coming off a season in which he caught 104 passes for 1,593 yards and six touchdowns. He's had some injury concerns over the years, but has otherwise proven his value to the Falcons plenty of times since he was drafted sixth overall in 2011.

Below, we've got other news from around the various NFL minicamps on Wednesday:

Benjamin has another hamstring injury

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is missing minicamp with yet another hamstring injury, according to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer. Benjamin missed significant time in his rookie season due to a hamstring injury and also was dealing with one as recently as a week ago. But the injury that forced him out of Wednesday's practice and will likely make him miss Thursday's session is a new one.

It's unclear why Benjamin keeps sustaining hamstring injuries, but he did show up to workouts "eight to nine pounds" overweight, according to Jones. If he's not totally in shape and at a comfortable playing weight, that can absolutely contribute to a hamstring injury. The Panthers are certainly hoping Benjamin can recover and enter the regular season at 100 percent. Benjamin had an excellent rookie season, catching 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns.


NFL teams are practicing, which means there will be some NFL players fighting. That's just how it goes -- things get heated and it's typically not a huge deal. Such was the case at New York Giants minicamp on Wednesday, when defensive lineman Dominique Hamilton and offensive lineman Eric Herman got into an argument after a running play, according to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News. The two "wrestled for a few seconds" before they were separated. It sounds like things are fine between the pair at this point, with defensive end Robert Ayers saying they were mature enough to "leave it all on the field."

There were two fights at Panthers camp on Wednesday, per Jonathan Jones. Both fights saw punches thrown, according to the report. Guard Amini Silatolu and linebacker Jason Trusnik got into a scuffle that went "10 yards past the line of scrimmage," while defensive end Kony Ealy and offensive tackle Michael Oher got into one that eventually went to the ground. Head coach Ron Rivera blamed the fight on the heat.

Trouble in Buffalo

It was an ugly day of practice for the Buffalo Bills, at least as far as the offense is concerned. The Bills had 22 drop backs during 11-on-11 drills, and of those 22 drop backs, there were a total of four completions, five sacks and an interception. Of the four completions, only one went for more than 10 yards, according to Matthew Fairburn of

Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor all got reps with the first-team offense, and obviously, none of them did anything to distinguish themselves. Despite how well the defense has performed, the quarterbacks' underwhelming play has dominated Buffalo's minicamp sessions.. The Bills have yet to name a starting quarterback and it stands to reason Wednesday did not do much to move the needle in any direction.

Giants going high tech

The Giants were going high tech on Wednesday, using a drone to spy on 11-on-11 drills, according to Ebenezer Samuel. The Giants used a DJI 3 Phantom drone that hovered overhead during practice. An overhead view gives a lot more information about the distances between players and also how and where plays break down, if at all.

The Giants aren't the first team to do this:

They won't be the last, either.