5 Supposed NFL Training Camp Battles That Will Be Over Before They Even Start
NFL positional battles are beginning to heat up as organized team activities (OTAs) end and minicamps begin, but there are a few that will be over before training camps even start.
There's plenty of speculation floating through the blogosphere on just who will win certain starting jobs. While everyone loves a good duel, it's time to be realistic in regards to some major bouts.
With training camps inching closer, many NFL head coaches will clear the air and give their teams definite direction before heading into camp.
Don't get caught up in the hype, these battles will be over before they even begin.
The Extra Point: Colt McCoy Didn't Even Make It Through Round 1
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Cleveland Browns fans are now preparing for the Brandon Weeden era, as the rookie quarterback from Oklahoma State will be their starter in 2012.
It's barely June, but Browns head coach Pat Shurmur is already in Weeden's corner.
The 28-year-old rookie is taller and more athletic than his incumbent, Colt McCoy, who only threw for 300-plus yards once in 13 games in 2011.
Given that last year was "The Year of the Quarterback" in the NFL and McCoy was less than dazzling, the Browns chose to change their fate in 2012 and beyond.
Even if Weeden can only be successful in the NFL for a couple of seasons, the Browns will be better off because of the choice they'll make to play him now.
While the job is not officially Weeden's yet, does anyone actually believe that McCoy still has a chance?
Titus Young Is Done Fighting and Will Be the No. 2 Receiver for the Lions
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Titus Young made some offseason news for all the wrong reasons when he decided to punch teammate Louis Delmas just a few weeks ago.
Since the incident, Young has seemed to mature almost overnight. After serving a light suspension from the team, he has since apologized and has impressed in his short time on the field this offseason.
Young amassed 48 catches for 607 yards and six touchdowns in his rookie season, but looked very unpolished and undisciplined at times.
The Lions drafted him in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft to become the No. 2 receiver behind Megatron and he'll do just that this season.
His main competition is Nate Burleson, but Young is eight years younger than Burleson who would better serve the Lions as a slot receiver.
If Young has truly matured, he'll quickly win the No. 2 receiver's job and put up some impressive numbers in 2012.
The Bears Got a Steal in the 2012 Draft, Now All They Have to Do Is Utilize Him
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The Chicago Bears will soon come to their senses and name rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery their No. 2 receiver.
Bears fans have to be losing sleep when thinking about their dreams coming true this offseason. Not only did quarterback Jay Cutler get one much-needed wide receiver, he got two.
There's no doubt that Brandon Marshall is the No. 1, but No. 2 in still up in the air.
The Bears need to realize that veteran Devin Hester needs to be used on a limited basis and let Jeffery have the job. After all, Hester is a Hall of Fame return man with mediocre receiving skills.
Jeffery was one of the highest-rated prospects in his entire draft class, who dropped to the Bears at the No. 45 overall selection. Now playing with something to prove, he's a dark-horse candidate for Rookie of the Year honors.
He's 6'3", 215-plus pounds and caught 183 balls for 3,042 yards in his time at the University of South Carolina. Opposite of Marshall, the two will cause fits for defensive backs in the red zone.
For the sake of confidence, the Bears will promote Jeffery to No. 2 receiver sooner than later.
The Time Is Now for Jake Locker in Tennessee
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The Tennessee Titans didn't draft quarterback Jake Locker with the No. 8 pick in the 2011 NFL draft to let him sit on the bench.
This year, the job will be Locker's and there should be no questions asked.
Honestly, what do the Titans gain from Matt Hasselbeck starting in 2012?
Locker got the year of experience from the bench that most rookie quarterbacks need, now it's go-time.
Yes, Hasselbeck went 9-7 as the starter in 2011, but his time as the No. 1 quarterback for the Titans is over. He's a great guy to have on the team and will be good insurance as the backup.
With Locker being drafted to become the face of the franchise and possessing the characteristics of a leader, a star will be born in Tennessee this season.
Something to help Locker along the way is the fact that running back Chris Johnson appears to be putting in the effort to prove that he's the best back in the NFL. Johnson living up to the hype and turning into the monster he was a few years ago would be quite a relief for Locker and the Titans.
The good thing with this battle is that Hasselbeck is a professional and will gracefully relinquish his starting role.
Randy Moss Appears to Be Rejuvenated by the Bay
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Future Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss looked ugly in his final days in his first NFL life.
Before taking 2011 off, Moss played for three teams in 2010 and looked charred.
Now 35-years-old and back in the league with the San Francisco 49ers, Moss appears to be his old self. He tarnished his image in 2010 by appearing to become one of the greats that hangs on just a bit too long.
Believe it or not, if Moss can stay injury free he'll win the job of No. 1 receiver for the Niners.
It's true that the team acquired Mario Manningham in the offseason and have Michael Crabtree, but the thought of Moss turning back the clock for one more electric season is too good to turn down.
It's unclear if Manningham is a true No. 1 and while Crabtree is set to explode this season, he's better underneath.
The fact of the matter is that Moss can be the best player in the world when he wants to be and all signs point to just that.
The Jets Will Be Smart and Name Mark Sanchez Their Starting Quarterback Soon
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The Jets organization shook up their team when they traded for quarterback Tim Tebow this offseason.
As if Tebow Mania needed any more juice, now he's on a world stage in New York.
If the mighty move by the Jets was just a ploy to get starting quarterback Mark Sanchez's attention, it worked. Now he has to fight off the media and the superpowers that Tebow withholds.
What a mess the Jets have got themselves into.
Soon enough, Sanchez will be named the starter. After all, he's the better quarterback of the two.
If he doesn't meet expectations when the season begins, all things media will melt and Tebow will get his shot.
Whether or not the Jets succeed in 2012 may come down to the team giving Sanchez credit and showing faith in their franchise quarterback.