Along with comprehensive coverage of the 2014 Bears training camp in Bourbonnais, CSNChicago.com will bring you daily "around the NFL" updates throughout the duration of camp.
- Johnny Manziel's NFL debut will have to wait...for at least a series or two. Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine announced on Wednesday that Brian Hoyer will start at quarterback in Saturday's preseason opener against the Detroit Lions. Although Manziel worked with the 1's this week, Hoyer has handled the first-team reps throughout the duration of camp. Hoyer had a promising start to the 2013 season before tearing his ACL in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills.
- Tyler Wilson is having a tough time trying to stick on an NFL roster. The former fourth-round pick out of the University of Arkansas was released by the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday. Wilson was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2013, and competed with Matt McGloin to win the team's starting quarterback job. After a poor showing in preseason, Wilson was cut by the Raiders last year.
- New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith has Michael Vick's stamp of approval. Vick, who is competing with Smith for the Jets' starting job, praised the second-year signal-caller on Wednesday. “He’s going to be great,” Vick told ESPNNewYork.com. “He’s going to be 10 times better than where he was last year, and I’m looking forward to it.” Smith's rookie season was a mixed bag. In 16 starts, he registered 3,046 passing yards with 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions for a 66.5 passer rating. Smith also added 366 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
- Jonathan Baldwin's stay in Detroit didn't last very long. The Lions waived Baldwin with a failed physical designation on Wednesday afternoon, just two days after Detroit was awarded a claim on the fourth-year wide receiver. However, head coach Jim Caldwell wouldn't rule out signing Baldwin in the future if his medical record check out. The Lions would have been Baldwin's third NFL team after being drafted out of the University of Pittsburgh with the No. 26 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. In three seasons, Baldwin has recorded 44 receptions for 607 yards and two touchdowns.
- The New York Giants can't catch a break in their backfield. Just a day after David Wilson retired from the NFL, veteran running back Peyton Hillis left practice with a sprained ankle. "Looks like it'll be a little while," head coach Tom Coughlin said when asked about Hillis' status, per the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano. Just a day earlier, Hillis had been elevated to No. 2 on the team's depth chart behind Rashad Jennings. With Hillis out, rookie fourth-round draft pick Andre Williams took the reserve snaps in practice.
- Ex-Super Bowl-winning tight end Jake Ballard is hanging up his cleats. The 26-year-old Ballard announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday afternoon. “Yesterday I made the difficult decision to retire from the game of football,” Ballard said in a statement from ProFootballTalk.com. “I love this game and have put my heart and soul into it for as long as I can remember. After sustaining a serious knee injury while playing for the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, my body never felt the same." In four seasons with the New York Giants, New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals, Ballard recorded 45 receptions, 679 receiving yards and six touchdowns