NFL training camps have officially begun — and so have the holdouts. So far, five players are not with their teams due to unhappiness with their situations.

Elsewhere in the NFL: A running back honors Walter Payton on what would have been his 65th birthday; a Ravens defender went on a diet to get ready for camp; and the Dolphins’ quarterback battle has begun.

Here’s what you need to know from camps across the league:

Jump to the best of Thursday:
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Top news of the day

Top stories: Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and Saints WR Michael Thomas are no-shows.

• Elliott is not on the plane to Los Angeles with the majority of Dallas teammates and coaches for the start of training camp in Oxnard, California, according to multiple sources. That does not yet mean Elliott is a no-show for training camp. Players have to be at the team’s River Ridge Residence Inn setup by Friday morning in time for physicals and a conditioning test before they are considered late for camp and subject to a fine.

• Thomas has not reported to New Orleans’ training camp as the two sides continue to negotiate a long-term contract extension, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Saints veterans were scheduled to report to camp Thursday, with the first practice scheduled for Friday. Thomas, who is due to make $1.148 million in the final year of his rookie contract, is subject to a maximum fine of $40,000 per day for missing camp.


Best photos

And it begins … A training tradition for all ages in Green Bay.

Rob Demovsky, ESPN Staff Writer

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone just happens to share a birthday with … Jalen Ramsey’s daughter Breelyn. Both spent their birthday at the Jaguars’ first training camp practice on Thursday, after which Ramsey got a visit from Deion Sanders.

Michael DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer

Best videos

’s arrival for Day 1 of practice.

Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer

takes the Browns training camp field to “OBJ” chants

Jake Trotter, ESPN Staff Writer

Quotes of the day

“Next question.” Lions cornerback Darius Slay, when asked about his contract situation and why he didn’t show up to the spring workouts. Slay, who is under contract through 2020, repeated it six times in total.

“I can tell you unequivocally that we want [Jadeveon Clowney] here. … The sooner the better. We want him.” Texans coach Bill O’Brien, when asked about Clowney not reporting for camp after not signing the franchise tag.

“I traveled with the scale. That was the thing. I ate a lot of seafood.” Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce, who lost more than 20 pounds in five weeks in order to be ready for the first day of camp.

Best of the rest from camp

It’s just Day 1 of training camp but the start of Dolphins QB battle today looked just like it did in the spring: being the best QB on the field. had a rough start, which he admitted after practice, including a bad INT but he improved as the session went on. Fitzpatrick was consistent throughout practice. Expect this battle to continue deep into the preseason.

Cameron Wolfe, ESPN Staff Writer

Quarterback Dwayne Haskins was third in the rotation behind and . But Haskins did get to work with the first line at times. He looked like he knew where to go but his accuracy at times was inconsistent, especially on throws to the flat. However, Haskins worked after practice with running back Derrius Guice, throwing him passes out of the gun.

John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer