INDIANAPOLIS -- Thursday and Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine is always a whirlwind. The action on the field hasn't started, but the majority of the NFL's head coaches and general managers speak to the media over the two-day span.
It's a lot to take in. We've been cranking all day at Around The League, and here's what we learned Thursday on Day 1:
» The buzzword around New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is "competition." The Jets are desperate to bring in someone who can challenge Sanchez. They are less desperate to discuss a potential trade for Darrelle Revis. Despite all the hot air about how much they value Revis, the team will not rule out a deal.
» The NFL came out hard against the NFL Players Association on the matter of HGH testing. This is a topic that isn't going away. To say the league is ticked off is a fair understatement.
» The Carolina Panthers sure sound like they want to de-emphasize the read-option as part of their offense. New Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman imagined a vertical offense that didn't look too different from the one run with his old team, the New York Giants. Gettleman also gave hope to Panthers fans that their DeAngelo Williams jerseys won't go out of fashion.