NFL rookie mini-camps, Part 2

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll looks on during the club's rookie mini-camp at the Virginia Mason...

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll looks on during the club's rookie mini-camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash., May 11, 2012. (OTTO GREULE JR./Getty Images/AFP)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:30 PM ET

It's rookie mini-camp weekend in the NFL, Part 2.

Nine clubs held their three-day camps a week ago. Twenty-two others have theirs this weekend.

The New England Patriots camp began Thursday, the Philedelphia Eagles' begins Saturday and the other 20 kicked off theirs on Friday.

For those who did the math, you get a Texas-sized star on your forehead — the Houston Texans aren't holding a rookie camp.

A quick-hit roundup:

ARIZONA: Before Cardinals rookies began working out, ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the bigger news — that DE Calais Campbell is signed for $55 million over five years.

ATLANTA: While OT Lamar Holmes (91st overall, S. Miss) was sidelined for the Falcons camp with a protective boot on his left foot for an undisclosed injury, G/C Peter Konz (55th, Wisconsin) already has his head coach's eye. Konz is "a big, strong guy," Smith said, who will challenge for a starting spot at RG.

BALTIMORE: DE/LB Courtney Upshaw (35th, Alabama) impressed observers with his long arms, strength and even pass coverage at the Ravens camp. Undrafted Justin Tucker smacked a 55-yard FG to end practice.

BUFFALO: CB Stephon Gilmore (10th, South Carolina) stood out at the Bills camp, unsurprisingly, and had the first pick of the scrimmage. WR T.J. Graham was as fast as billed, saying afterward, "I'm a perfectionist. I like perfect."

CAROLINA: The Panthers signed all seven of their draft picks by Friday, including top pick LB Luke Kuechly (9th, Boston College). There's already buzz Kuechly is the favourite to be NFL defensive rookie of the year.

CHICAGO: WR Alshon Jeffrey (45th, South Carolina) pulled up early in the Bears' workouts and sat out with a left calf cramp. First-round pick LB Shea McClellin (19th, Boise St.) signed for $8.2 million over four years, per reporter Adam Caplan.

CINCINNATI: The Bengals earlier signed colossal draft bust Arizona State LB Vontaze Burfict — he of plummeting-stock infamy, what with his dozen-plus personal-foul flags in college. But Burfict impressed head coach Marvin Lewis on Friday. "You've got to be disciplined today," Burfict told reporters. "You have chances to hit somebody, but you let up."

About time he got that.

CLEVELAND: There actually was rookie news that overshadowed veteran DT Phil Taylor suffering a torn left pectoral muscle (he'll miss "significant" time, coach Pat Shurmur said). That was when QB Brandon Weeden (22nd, Oklahoma St) said his goal is to not only start this year, but eventually lead the Browns to a Super Bowl win. At press time, historians were still trying to find the last time the words "Browns" and "Super Bowl" were used in the same sentence.

DENVER: Brock Osweiler (57th, Arizona State) is competing to back up new Broncos starter Peyton Manning, and chose jersey No. 6. The 6-foot-7 QB wanted No. 17 but Andrew Caldwell has that.

DETROIT: The Lions need help at corner, badly, and draft picks Bill Bentley (85th, Louisiana-Lafayette) and Chris Greenwood (148th, Albion College) already were battling to impress coaches. Undrafted WR Patrick Edwards of Houston showed off his sub-4.5 speed as well as good hands.

GREEN BAY: Top pick DE Nick Perry (28th, USC) is the Packers' only unsigned draftee. He's transitioning from a hand-down DE to an upright OLB in Dom Capers' 3-4. Perry will have to use all of his 4.58 speed and great athleticism if he intends to keep 270 pounds on his 6-foot-2 frame — as he reiterated Friday.

KANSAS CITY: Chiefs pick Devon Wylie (107th, Fresno St) is seen as a Wes Welker-type slot WR. So, naturally, he's wearing No. 83. Top pick DT Dontari Poe (11th, Memphis) weighs 346 and looks it. That he can run a sub-5.0 40 boggles the mind.

NEW ENGLAND: Top Patriots pick DE Chandler Jones (21st, Syracuse) said all the right things. One day at a time. Listen to the coaches. Earn respect ... Then he said he's gunning for 15 sacks in his rookie season.

NEW ORLEANS: To say the least, it has been a tumultuous off-season in The Big Easy. Bountygate, the Drew Brees contract standoff ... But they were not without wit on Friday. Or Witt and Witte or Vitt.. QB Patrick Witt from Yale and DT Gordon Witte of Appalachian State are among unsigned rookies trying out for interim head coach Joe Vitt.

N.Y. GIANTS: Rueben Randle (63rd, LSU) hopes to fill the role of departed Mario Manningham — No. 3 WR. He's fast like Mario, and even is wearing his No. 82 jersey. "They are expecting big things from me and I have to live up to it," Randle said. "I think I can get there." Even head coach Tom Coughlin couldn't withhold praise.

OAKLAND: Carson Palmer needs people to throw to. Of the Raiders' 13 undrafted free agents, four are WRs. Even ex-Jet Plaxico Burress has expressed interest in catching passes from Palmer.

PHILADELPHIA: The Eagles are giving undrafted Miami-Fla QB Jacory Harris a try. Harris showed flashes of brilliance in college, but not often enough as a passer.

ST. LOUIS: While new Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said his 10 draftees and 27 other rookies "got a lot done," he admitted Day 1 is "more of an orientation" than anything else.

SAN DIEGO: Top Chargers pick LB Melvin Ingram (18th, South Carolina) said he, for one, is glad there's so little wiggle room in rookie contract negotiations under the new CBA. "It gives you an opportunity to go out there and focus solely on football," Ingram said. As agents everywhere winced.

SAN FRANCISCO: Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh said his rookie WRs are talented. That's the good news. "Out of shape, that's the bad news," Harbaugh said. "I don't know exactly what all these guys have been doing in the last six months." That includes A.J. Jenkins (30th, Illinois).

SEATTLE: Seahawks pick Russell Wilson (75th, Wisconsin) possesses most if not all of the skills required of an NFL QB — except height. He's 5-foot-11. And while he had three passes tipped Friday and missed a couple deep throws, he otherwise was practically perfect. Eyebrows are up in the Northwest.

TENNESSEE: Kendall Wright (20th, Baylor) sure doesn't look the part of a deep-threat WR. But Friday was his first day to convince the Titans and his critics that he's all that.


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