The best way to evaluate and get to know where an NFL team stands for an upcoming season is to go to training camp, watch practice and then talk with players, coaches and members of the front office. Here are some quick hits from the training camps I have attended.
Why did they draft
But if the Broncos drafted him to be their quarterback, it could be a while.
No questions necessary regarding the selection of
Practice was sloppy at times, with a lot of players ending up on the ground after plays, a big no-no because of the possibility that anyone going to the ground could roll up into a teammate and cause a knee or ankle injury. There also was a glaring lack of a pass rush, due in large part to the injury to 2009 sack leader
The defense will be better. This unit has been significantly upgraded at four spots if not more. It looks like the Eagles hit on their first two draft choices, defensive end
"Where I'm from in Florida, you don't see white guys like that -- 6-5, 260 pounds, smart and he can run. He's special."
The expectations have not altered with the change in quarterback. All of the players are going to say all of the right things on the record, but what sold me on their belief in new starting quarterback
The interior offensive line is the biggest concern right now. The Eagles can't be sure about their starter at any of those three spots. And though the organization will point out that back-ups like
They really can get by without
Another concern is special teams. Does the Jets' group equate to Super Bowl quality? So much money and effort was invested to bring in big-name back-ups like
At the end of the day, the Jets want the Colts. Head coach
The secondary is a real issue, but they are working on it. First there was uncertainly as to when safety
Baltimore worked almost exclusively out of the shotgun formation, using multiple receiver sets, at the practice I attended. Makes sense with the addition of
It's not often you see training-camp competition at both long-snapper and place-kicker, but that's what's going on at Ravens camp. Both positions let this team down at critical junctures last year, so the Ravens are trying to avoid a repeat. But that doesn't mean it is easy or fail proof.
"Usually at a position like right tackle, over the course of six weeks of training camp and preseason football, it becomes fairly obvious who the better player is," Ravens head coach
Harbaugh thinks both of his current kickers,