Ideally, they’d love to have the unit set and know what they’re looking at by the time the third preseason game rolls around, but they also don’t want to jump the gun and make the wrong decision somewhere. There’s likely to be a heavy rotation throughout camp, especially the first two weeks before they play their first preseason game August 8 against the Indianapolis Colts. We may even see some players rotating every single day between the first and second team, much like last year they did at center with Russell Bodine and Ryan Groy.
All of that competition, and finding out who will line up where and win, started on Thursday with the first day of training camp at St. John Fisher College.
There was even more of a rotation at tight end. Jason Croom took the very first snap, but players were shuttling in and out all morning, including veteran Lee Smith and rookies Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney.
Running back Frank Gore was scheduled to start training camp on the non-football injured list after “tweaking” something, as general manager Brandon Beane described it. However, Gore woke up feeling good and was ready to go and never had to be put on the list. He practiced in full.
As expected, tight end Tyler Kroft started camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list with a broken foot, and offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles was placed on injured reserve.