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Dallas will be missing several defenders to start the season, all for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss the first four games of the season, linebacker Rolando McClain will be serving a 10-game suspension, and Authentic Christine Michael Jersey Randy Gregory’s four-game suspension could turn into a 10-game one. Training camp will be an opportunity for other players, like Benson Mayowa, Ryan Russell and Jack Crawford, to step up and fill those voids.
This will be the first training camp for the Giants in 12 years without Tom Coughlin at the helm. New head coach Ben McAdoo is certainly one of the primary storylines as New York gets ready to hit the practice fields at training camp.
Perhaps more of a pressing storyline, however, is the way the team worked — that is, spent — to improve a defense that was one of the worst in the NFL Authentic Christine Michael Sr Jersey last season. The Giants added defensive end Olivier Vernon, defensive tackle Damon Harrison and cornerback Janoris Jenkins in free agency, paying a pretty penny for all three. They also drafted cornerback Eli Apple in the first round, and Apple should get plenty of playing time. The team’s third-round pick, safety Darian Thompson, will also have a shot to compete for a starting role.
The Giants certainly missed wide receiver Victor Cruz last season, but he should be ready to go at the start of training camp after dealing with a torn patellar tendon in 2014 and surgery on his calf that kept him out last season. The Giants will be eager to see what second-round draft pick Sterling Shepard can contribute to the receiving game, too.
Everybody’s been talking about the quarterback situation in Philadelphia since the days leading up to the draft, when the Eagles traded up to select Carson Wentz with the second overall pick. Sam Bradford is penciled in as the starter, though Wentz’s development is a priority for training camp. It’s possible he could overtake Bradford and win the job, but head coach Doug Pederson has been adamant throughout the offseason that they’re going to take it slow with the rookie.
Whoever ends up under center will be dealing with a lack of depth and talent at the wide receiver position. The Eagles have Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews and added Rueben Randle as a free agent. There’s room for other receivers to earn playing time.
Pederson will be under a lot of scrutiny heading into the season, and training camp is a chance for him to really shape the direction he wants the team to take under his leadership.
Kirk Cousins is coming off a career year, and Washington locked up a postseason spot due in part to his performance last season. What remains to be seen is whether Cousins can replicate that success in 2016. He’s playing under the franchise tag and bringing in over $19 million this season, so fans will be watching his performance in training camp closely.
Joe Flacco’s year ended on injured reserve after he tore his ACL and Ben Roethlisberger battled through a separated shoulder in the postseason. The health of both teams will be key in training camp if they are to keep pace with the Bengals, a team that has been a buzzsaw in the regular season but struggled to break through with a playoff victory.
The biggest storyline for the Ravens heading into camp is whether star players lost last season to injury will be fully healthy and ready to go next week. Flacco is reportedly healthy enough to hit the practice field at the start of camp, which is encouraging news for Baltimore.
Terrell Suggs, Dennis Pitta, Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman are also working their way back from injuries. For the Ravens, the goal will be getting all of these players up to speed without jeopardizing their health.
First-round tackle Ronnie Stanley is primed to step into the starting left tackle role, so keep an eye on his development throughout camp and the preseason. Linebacker Kamalei Correa, Baltimore’s second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, is also expected to get a lot of snaps and contribute this season.
The wide receiver battle in Cincinnati is the main one to watch. We know that A.J. Green is established atop the Bengals’ receiver depth chart, but after losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency, every spot after Green’s is wide open.