17 things we learned from first day of NFL minicamps
By Gregg Rosenthal
Updated: June 11, 2013 at 11:45 p.m.
Twenty-three teams started mandatory minicamps Tuesday. That means there was a dizzying amont of news, practice nuggets and press conferences, even when very little was said.
So what did we learn?
1. For someone who clearly doesn't love meeting with the media, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh provides a lot of outstanding soundbites. He not-so-subtly took aim at PED users in general and the Seattle Seahawks in particular. Delicious. Pete Carroll responded but unfortunately didn't say, "What's your deal?"
2. Harbaugh confirmed that wide receiver Mario Manningham might not be ready for Week 1, which makes the growing A.J. Jenkins hype train more important to watch.
3. The Oakland Raiders' quarterback battle only had losers, according to various reports. The Twitter account of Contra Costa Times reporter Steve Corkran was a goldmine for anyone who enjoys a little Raidersfreude in their day.
"In 19 years covering the NFL, today's showing by Matt Flynn, Tyler Wilson, Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin rates as one of the worst in memory," Corkran wrote.
We wouldn't worry too much about June practices, but the Raiders have perhaps the worst-looking roster in the NFL on paper. And it's translating to the field.
4. Charles Woodson lined up as an immediate starter at safety for Oakland. Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter look like the starting cornerbacks.
5. Tavon Austin is going to make a lot of people look silly this season.
6. Geno Smith is part of the quarterback battle with the New York Jets, but it's not an equal competition at this stage. Mark Sanchez only works with the first team.
7. Multiple reports suggested that Kellen Winslow made a very positive impression during his first day trying out for the Jets. Rex Ryan is desperate for a tight end. If Winslow can hold up physically for three days, a signing makes a ton of sense.
8. Tim Tebow looked how you'd expect him to look on the field in his first day as a New England Patriot. (Rusty.) He said what you'd expect to him to say. (Nothing.) The only surprise would be if Tebow made an impact for the 2013 Patriots. (For more on that, check out my turn on the Dave Dameshek Football Program below.)