To paraphrase Steve Martin from the classic comedy The Jerk, the new NFL season is here! The new NFL season is here!

Well, sort of.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders will meet at Tom Benson Stadium on Thursday to participate in the Hall of Fame Game. The contest serves as the unofficial start of the 2022 campaign.

Millions of people will watch a glorified scrimmage, primarily between the teams' second- and third-string units. But beggars can't be choosers during the dog days of summer, and football being played in Canton, Ohio, serves as the precursor to when things matter.

Speaking of which, the league's 30 other teams continued to put in work since the full preseason slate doesn't begin until next week. Business doesn't stop, either.

The Pittsburgh Steelers finally got their biggest contract holdup (or is that hold-in?) settled.

Wide receivers continue to dominate the NFL landscape, though not entirely through financial means.

Rookies for the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans are set to make significant impacts this season, if their recent performances are any indication. Isaiah McKenzie and Jalen Reagor are taking advantage of training camp reps for the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively. The Chicago Bears' Justin Fields wishes he could get the same type of help.

Another rookie could address another premium position in the Colts lineup.

Meanwhile, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray isn't practicing, but he's still at the forefront of discussions.

Bleacher Report provides the latest buzz and rumblings from Thursday's training camps.

 

Steelers Offense Ready to Roll After Diontae Johnson's Deal

The year of the wide receiver continued when the Pittsburgh Steelers and Diontae Johnson agreed to a two-year, $36.7 million contract extension, as reported by NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Johnson joins Davante Adams, Cooper Kupp, Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs, Terry McLaurin, DJ Moore, Chris Godwin, Mike Williams, Brandin Cooks, DK Metcalf and Deebo Samuel as young wide receivers who got their bags this offseason.

Interestingly, Johnson signed a shorter deal at a lower average annual salary than those mentioned. Essentially, the sides reached a compromise since Johnson just entered the initial window to negotiate a new deal this offseason.

The 26-year-old receiver is now tied to the Steelers through the 2024 campaign, which is vital for the entire offense's growth.