Best of Thursday at NFL training camps: Rivers throws with Colts; rookies try on new uniforms

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After 16 seasons of suiting up for the Chargers, quarterback Philip Rivers threw passes on Thursday in Indianapolis Colts gear — just one of many jolting new-team images from 2020 NFL training camps. Rookies around the league tried on their new NFL uniforms, and at least one Buccaneers player was still in awe that he’s now teamed up with Tom Brady.

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Bills rookies sent home after positive coronavirus tests

The Buffalo Bills sent their rookies home from the team’s facility Thursday as a response to five positive coronavirus tests this week, the team told ESPN in a statement. A league source told ESPN that two players, including one rookie, tested positive for COVID-19, and the team made the decision to conduct the day’s meetings virtually.

Veteran RB LeSean McCoy reaches deal with Bucs

LeSean McCoy has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Buccaneers, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday. Rosenhaus added that the player is excited to join Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in Florida.

Titans GM talks to Beasley, says LB will report ‘in the near future’

Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson released a statement on Thursday saying that outside linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. will report to training camp soon. Beasley missed the first two days of camp and did not contact the team. The Titans placed Beasley on the reserve/did not report list on Tuesday.

Brate, recovered from the coronavirus, says workouts were ‘calculated risk’

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate, who was diagnosed with the coronavirus this offseason and has since recovered, called attending Tom Brady’s organized workouts a “calculated risk” and believes it won’t be much different than electing to play this season.

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What our NFL Nation reporters heard today

Rookie Jalen Hurts spent part of his offseason in Houston working out with fellow dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson. Hurts’ communication with Carson Wentz was limited given the lack of a traditional spring schedule, he said, but he is eager to link up with him now that facilities are opening back up. “It was great to sit in the [virtual] meetings and just hear him talk, see how he sees the game,” Hurts said of Wentz. “I just want to continue to learn and listen to those things and just soak it all in.” — Tim McManus

Rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs did not have an offseason program to prepare for the Dallas Cowboys‘ training camp, but he did have NFL experience help him in Miami, working out with his brother, Stefon, the Buffalo Bills receiver. The younger Diggs said he won most of the one-on-one battles. “When I was in high school, we trained together every day, so it felt good to get back to training with him,” Trevon said. “He knows what it takes to get there. I just followed his lead and competed with him every day.” — Todd Archer

When asked if six weeks is enough time to get ready for Week 1, Saints DE Cameron Jordan said, “I mean, if you said, ‘Cam, could you play this Sunday at midnight?’ I guess I’d meet you out in the parking lot somewhere. I’m ready.” Jordan said he assumes everybody took coach Sean Payton’s directive to heart earlier this offseason when Payton told the team to show up for camp in the best shape of their lives. Saints LT Terron Armstead agreed that six weeks can be enough time, but he stressed that the margin for error is smaller, which means they have to really make the time count. — Mike Triplett

The Carolina Panthers added another $1.5 million in dead money to their already league-leading $41.2 million total by releasing kicker Graham Gano. But it was an expected move, with Gano scheduled to count for $4,337,500 against the 2020 salary cap and more than $5.2 million against the 2021 cap. Carolina cleared $2.8 million in cap space by moving on. Gano’s replacement, Joey Slye, is scheduled to count $675,000 against this year’s cap, so the investment at that position is minimal. Don’t be surprised if Carolina brings in another kicker to push Slye. But moving on from Gano, who spent last season on injured reserve, needed to happen with so many needs at other positions. — David Newton


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“It’s gotta be Super Bowl or bust, in all honesty. That’s it. There’s not really anything past that. It’s Super Bowl or bust. If we don’t get to the big dance, it’s a failure of a season. That’s it.”

Terron Armstead, Saints OT, on New Orleans’ 2020 aspirations

“The first time he texted me, I had to get double confirmation from other people that it was actually Brady. He said, ‘Hey, this is Tom. Give me a FaceTime when you can.’ So I had to reach out to Chris [Godwin] and Mike [Evans] and be like, ‘Hey. Is this Tom?’ ‘Cause I didn’t want to be calling some random dude thinking it was Tom Brady.”

Cameron Brate, Buccaneers TE, on teaming up with Tom Brady

“I love him. He’s a great leader, a great team guy — somebody that I can lean on for anything.”

Henry Ruggs III, Raiders WR, on playing with Derek Carr

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