As Training Camps get into full swing, excitement across the NFL is heating up in anticipation of the season’s start as we get our first look at how teams will stack up in 2012:
- The most prominent battles occurring at camps are for starting QB jobs, with the most open contests in Jacksonville, Miami, and Arizona. These aren’t just your typical ‘young gun vs. grizzled vet’ decisions – the Jaguars have said Chad Henne is going to be stuck as the backup, so Blaine Gabbert’s battle is really just against the hype put behind him by the club. For the Dolphins, expect the mediocre David Garrard to be the slight frontrunner over the also mediocre Matt Moore. The Cardinals have a tough decision to make on whether Kevin Kolb will fulfill the promise of his bigtime contract or will watch John Skelton from the sideline (the money will likely land KK in the huddle). Fans can also bet on plenty of media coverage and controversy about whether Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow leads the New York Jets out onto the field in week 1.
- There is plenty of excitement in Indianapolis and Washington, with the number 1 and 2 picks in this year’s draft, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III pretty much locks to lead their squads through the 2012 campaign. Nobody expects too much out of Luck with the lackluster supporting cast that played to a 2-14 record in 2011 to earn the first overall pick, but RG3 is shaping up to be a solid starter that will contribute serious value to his fantasy owners.
- Finally, Peyton-watch is in full effect in Denver. To the delight of Broncos fans, the future hall of fame QB appears to be fully recovered from the multiple neck surgeries that kept him out last year and effectively ended his tenure in Indy. The franchise has made several moves to give him additional weapons on the offensive side of the ball, so fans can expect good things if Manning stays healthy.
Check in next week for more as training camp unfolds across the league.