NFL Mandatory Minicamps 2022 — Saints and Bears Pay Tribute to Fallen Legends

Many NFL teams chose to close minicamp business on Wednesday. However, many teams continued practice through Thursday. Some teams used the last day of mandatory minicamps for some fun and to pay tribute to the past.

The Chicago Bears On Thursday, the former happened as all players wore No. 41 in memory of Brian Piccolo, fullback who died on June 16, 1970 from cancer, was used as a way to remember him. The funniest thing about the movie “Brian's Song” is that it includes the New Orleans Saints A brand new alternate helmet was created while we were at the Carolina Panthers Minicamp ended with some bouncy-house fun.

This week was the busiest minicamp season. 17 teams participated in their workouts. Twelve teams participated in minicamps last week, with the Miami Dolphins Going earlier and the Cincinnati Bengals And Philadelphia Eagles Minicamps are not mandatory.

These photos are from ESPN's NFL Nation journalists who were on the scene at this week’s activities. They are from Thursday's minicamps.

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NFL Mandatory Minicamps 2022 -- Saints and Bears Pay Tribute to Fallen Legends

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NFL Mandatory Minicamps 2022 -- Saints and Bears Pay Tribute to Fallen Legends

Bears players wear Brian Piccolo jerseys at minicamp on anniversary of his death
All 90 Chicago Bears players wore the No. To honor Brian Piccolo who died 52 years earlier from cancer, 41 jerseys were worn to practice. Piccolo was 26 when he died in 1970. He played for the Bears between 1966 and 1969. Gale Sayers, Bears Hall of Fame back, was his close friend. This relationship is the subject of “Brian's Song,” which tells the story of their friendship as the NFL's first interracial roommates. Piccolo was originally to be honored by the Bears on the 50th anniversary of Piccolo's death. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to cancel offseason practices for 2020.

NFL Mandatory Minicamps 2022 -- Saints and Bears Pay Tribute to Fallen Legends

Lamar Jackson not saying how he'll handle training camp, season without new contract
Jackson stated that he had spoken with the Baltimore Ravens regarding his contract situation. However, the former NFL MVP was not willing to give any details about whether Jackson would report to training camp or if he would play at the beginning of the season without a new contract. Jackson responded confidently when Jackson was asked whether he believes he will continue playing in Baltimore for his entire career. Jackson responded Thursday, “I expect so.” “So, yes. I do.”

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Lamar Jackson said that even though he dodged questions regarding his contract, he was confident that he would play in Baltimore his entire career.

NFL Mandatory Minicamps 2022 -- Saints and Bears Pay Tribute to Fallen Legends

Patrick Mahomes says he was ‘surprised' by Tyreek Hill's critical comments
Patrick Mahomes stated Thursday that he was shocked by Tyreek Hill's comments on a podcast that were critical about him and the Chiefs. Mahomes stated that he was surprised by the comments made by Tyreek Hill on a recent podcast. Mahomes spoke as the Chiefs concluded their offseason program. He's been a part of our family for years. We still love him. I met him at Formula 1 Miami. It could have been something to do the podcasting and getting it going.

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Patrick Mahomes says he still loves Tyreek Hills despite being compared to Tua tagovailoa by the WR.

NFL Mandatory Minicamps 2022 -- Saints and Bears Pay Tribute to Fallen Legends

Steelers' Minkah Fitzpatrick: My duty to perform after signing big new deal
After only a few weeks, Fitzpatrick was made the highest-paid safety in the NFL with a four year extension that is worth more than $18.4million per annum. Fitzpatrick is 25 years old and is the highest-paid safety at his position. The Steelers defense is also among the most expensive in cash and cap values. Fitzpatrick stated Thursday that the money does not motivate defense players to perform. It confirms their obligation to perform to a standard that is expected when they receive a large paycheck.

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