When picking the NFL's 10 most interesting players, it's easy to start in Dallas, where Tony Romo produces for a team with leaky defense, and gets blamed for the failures. In Cleveland, Johnny Manziel is starting what looks like a career more about perception than what he can do on the field.
Texans receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring) upped his level of activity during Tuesday's joint practice with the Broncos, seeing some reps with the first-string offense, reports the Houston Chronicle. Coach Bill O'Brien called that "a good sign for our football team."
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters he absorbed minor contact Monday when he participated in team drills for the first time. Coming off an ACL injury, Gronk said he's had no setbacks and plans to play a full 16-game season.