Full NFL Training Camp Schedule and Locations for 2012
2012 NFL training camps are nearly here, and the full training camp schedule and locations have finally been revealed for all 32 NFL teams.
The NFL training camp period is a fun time for NFL fans because the majority of practices are free to the public, but is the most important part of the offseason for each NFL team's preparation for the 2012 NFL season.
It would not be an NFL training camp without at least one major storyline surrounding each team heading into their respective camps. These stories can be team-oriented or focus on the drama of a positional battle. Regardless of what each storyline may be, how it plays out will have a major impact on the individual team.
Another staple of NFL training camps is the focus on rookies and their impact on the overall roster. Each year NFL franchises take risks on players in the NFL draft, and 2012 was no exception. There is a key rookie to watch on every team when camps get underway, and they could make the difference between an average season and a championship season.
Here is a complete guide to every team's most important storyline and rookies to watch, along with a full NFL training camp schedule and locations guide for 2012 NFL training camp.
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Date: July 2 - August 21
Location: Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
Storyline to watch: Kevin Kolb vs. John Skelton
The Arizona Cardinals are going to have to figure out the quarterback situation quickly in camp. Both Kolb and Skelton will be splitting equal reps with the first team, but that cannot last. The Cardinals organization was quick to accept Kolb's $7 million roster bonus, but that means little to head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Rookie to watch: Michael Floyd
Floyd is the most important rookie on the roster for the Cardinals not only because he was picked with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2012 draft, but because he will have a massive impact on the quarterback duel. Floyd will try to win the starting spot across from Larry Fitzgerald and could make or break each quarterback's claim to the starting job.
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Date: July 26 - August 19
Location: Flowery Beach, Georgia
Storyline to watch: Akeem Dent vs. Lofa Tatupu
The battle for the middle linebacker position is going to be a heated one in Flowery Beach. Tatupu has shown starting ability in the league before, but has had a variety of knee issues that have held him back. Dent is a promising young player that will give Tatupu everything he can handle and more in camp.
Rookie to watch: Peter Konz
Konz is going to come into camp and shake up the offensive line for Atlanta right away. The Falcons needed an upgrade, and he is just that. As long as Konz performs well in camp, he will earn a starting spot heading into the season.
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Date: July 27 - August 19
Location: M&T Bank Stadium (Aug. 4), Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Aug. 12), Stevenson University Mustang Stadium (Aug 19).
Storyline to watch: Can the defense be elite again in 2012?
With Ray Lewis approaching the age of no return and Terrell Suggs out with a torn Achilles, someone is going to have to step up for the Ravens to retain a top ranking on the defensive side of the ball. Add in the loss of their defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, and things are not looking so hot in Baltimore. However, that is what training camp is for—time for the next man to step up.
Rookie to watch: Courtney Upshaw
That next man up would be outside linebacker Upshaw, who is tasked with replacing Suggs, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. He certainly has the pass-rushing prowess to make a difference, and training camp will show the team what they really have in Upshaw.
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Date: July 29
Location: St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York
Storyline to watch: Can Mario Williams help turn the defense into an elite unit?
For suffering through a three day recruiting process and dishing out the largest contract to a defensive player in NFL history, Bills fans should expect nothing less of Williams. Obviously he cannot do it all on his own, but his impact better be visible from the first day of camp or there may be a riot in Rochester.
Rookie to watch: Stephon Gilmore
Gilmore was the Bills' No. 10 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, and with that comes outlandish expectations. Given Gilmore's skill set, he could exceed those expectations. He fills a massive need for the Bills at cornerback and will be expected to shine in camp and beyond in 2012.
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Date: July 27 - August 15
Location: Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Storyline to watch: Can the defense make the leap in 2012?
Last season the Panthers offense exploded into one of the elite units in the league thanks to the arrival of quarterback Cam Newton. The Panthers defense looks to make that same leap with the return of linebacker Jon Beason and rookie Luke Kuechly. Training camp will provide a first look at the evolving unit.
Rookie to watch: Luke Kuechly
Kuechly was brought in this offseason with the No. 9 overall selection despite the team already having a starting middle linebacker in Beason. The duo's production and impact on the overall unit will largely hinge on Kuechly's ability to adjust to the NFL quickly. Training camp will be an integral part to this process.
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Date: July 25 - August 17
Location: Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois
Storyline to watch: Matt Forte's future with the team
The Chicago Bears have been reluctant to give their star running back the contract he wants to this point. Forte may not be an elite back statistically, but the Bears offense would be horrendous without him. He will likely sign his franchise tender, but this could be his last training camp with the team.
Rookie to watch: Alshon Jeffery
Jeffery fell to the second round and will be a major contributor for the Bears at wide receiver. In camp he will look to lock down the second receiver position across from Brandon Marshall and attempt to give quarterback Jay Cutler a consistent option in the passing game. The chemistry developed among the trio will be crucial to success in 2012.
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Date: July 27
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Storyline to watch: Who emerges as the No. 2 receiver?
Cincinnati has a battle royal going into camp for the honor of playing across from A.J. Green. Rookies Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones will compete with Brandon Tate and Armon Binns to decide. The battle will likely last the duration of training camp and give the Bengals the best possible offense on the field next season.
Rookie to watch: Kevin Zeitler
The popular pick here will be cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, but the smart pick would be offensive guard Kevin Zeitler. If the Bengals are lucky, Zeitler will at least bring a level of consistency that veteran Bobbie Williams did last season. If he does not, the Bengals' offensive line could be in trouble. Training camp will be pivotal in Zeitler's progression.
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Date: July 28 - August 22
Location: Cleveland Browns' training facility, Berea, Ohio
Storyline to watch: Can the offense be better than last season's miserable unit?
The Browns fielded one of the statistically worst offenses in every category last season. In the draft they elected to find a new starting quarterback in Brandon Weeden and a new starting running back in Trent Richardson. The slow rebuilding process on the offensive side of the ball kicks off on July 28.
Rookie to watch: Brandon Weeden
Weeden will be in an open competition with last year's starting quarterback, Colt McCoy. It seems like a forgone conclusion that Weeden will win, so the most important thing to watch in camp will be Weeden's progression. If he struggles to adapt to the speed of the league in camp, it is going to be another long season in Cleveland.
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Date: July 30 - August 17
Location: River Ridge Playing Fields, Oxnard, California
Storyline to watch: Will the defensive secondary finally improve?
The Dallas Cowboys defense gave up 244 passing yards a game last season. To address the issue the team broke the bank to sign free-agent cornerback Brandon Carr and drafted the best corner in the 2012 NFL draft in Morris Claiborne. The rest of the defensive unit is great, but with the stellar secondary additions this offseason the Cowboys could be competing for a Super Bowl next season. The journey begins July 30.
Rookie to watch: Morris Claiborne
Claiborne has struggled with injuries already, and that should be a focal point heading into camp. Claiborne has to adapt to the NFL game extremely quickly as he will be thrown at by opposing quarterbacks much more than anyone else on the roster. Going against Miles Austin and Dez Bryant in camp should give fans a good idea of what to expect from Claiborne in his rookie year.
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Date: July 26 - August 4
Location: Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre in Englewood, Colorado
Storyline to watch: Peyton Manning
The Denver Broncos could be competing for a Super Bowl next season if Manning is back to his normal self. If not, it is going to be a long season in Denver. Manning is 36 years old and says he feels fine, but taking a few hits from a 300 lb defensive lineman could change things in a hurry. The fate of the Broncos rests on Manning's neck and right arm.
Rookie to watch: Derek Wolfe
The Broncos were highly scrutinized for their selection of Wolfe in the second round, but the defensive lineman has a high ceiling and could be a major contributor in 2012. Training camp will let the doubters and believers alike know rather quickly if Wolfe was worthy of such a high selection.
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Date: July 28
Location: Detroit Lions training facility, Allen Park, Michigan
Storyline to watch: The evolution of the running game
The Lions had one of the worst rushing attacks in all of football last season. In 2012 Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best will return to give the Lions what the organization hopes to be a legit one-two punch, albeit a year late. Adding an above average running game to the outstanding aerial attack will make the Lions unstoppable. The first step in the process requires both backs to get though camp healthy.
Rookie to watch: Riley Reiff
The Lions had one of the best offensive tackles in the 2012 NFL draft fall in their lap late in the first round. Reiff has the ability to play both tackle spots, and he could end up starting at either side. Outplaying veteran Jeff Backus for the starting role on Matthew Stafford's blind side is not out of the question when camp rolls around.
Green Bay Packers
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Date: July 26 - August 28
Location: Ray Nitschke Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Storyline to watch: Progression of the defense
The Green Bay Packers had the worst ranked defense in the NFL when it was all said and done last season. Green Bay used six out of eight picks in the 2012 NFL draft to upgrade the horrendous unit. Now training camp is a critical time for the unit to learn to play together effectively in order for the Packers to not make another early exit in the postseason.
Rookie to watch: Nick Perry
Perry was brought in by the Packers to provide another pass-rushing element to the defense from the outside linebacker position. The thought is Perry will take attention away from Clay Matthews on the other side, and the two can combine to consistently pressure opposing quarterbacks.
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Date: July 31
Location: Texans' training facility, Houston, Texas
Storyline to watch: Offensive line restructuring
The Houston Texans decided to let go of Eric Winston this offseason in a move to create some salary-cap space. The hole left by Winston will not be an easy one to fill and could have a negative ripple effect on the entire line. Houston has a variety of players in place to fill out the new-look offensive line, and training camp will be an early indicator of the line's success next season.
Rookie to watch: Whitney Mercilus
Mercilus was one of the more highly touted pass-rushers in the 2012 NFL draft, and the Texans are expecting him to fill a huge gap left by Mario Williams. He will join a variety of pass-rushing specialists already on the roster and attempt to elevate the defense to elite status once again.
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Date: July 29
Location: Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana
Storyline to watch: The rebuilding process begins
The Indianapolis Colts were easily the worst team in the NFL last season and decided to begin the rebuilding process after Peyton Manning was allowed to walk. Now rookie quarterback Andrew Luck enters the fold with little weapons around him and hopes to win a few games in 2012. It is going to be a long grind for Indianapolis from here on out.
Rookie to watch: Andrew Luck
Luck has been unable to participate in most offseason activities as he finished up his degree at Stanford, so training camp will be the first time the public will get to see Luck officially practice. A rookie transitioning to the NFL is never easy, and Luck will not be an exception to the rule. Simply seeing Luck in camp has to provide a glimmer of hope for Colts fans.
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Date: July 27
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Storyline to watch: Maurice Jones-Drew holdout
A running back holding out for more money can be crippling to both the player and team, so it is dumbfounding to see either in this scenario participate in such foolishness. Maurice Jones-Drew was the NFL's rushing leader last season with 1,606 yards on the ground. He gave the awful Jaguars team a shred of credibility, so the front office would be wise to settle the dispute soon. A Jags team without MJD is not winning many games in 2012.
Rookie to watch: Justin Blackmon
There are high expectations for rookie receiver Justin Blackmon in Jacksonville. Blaine Gabbert was plain awful at quarterback last season, but part of that was the lack of legitimate weapons to throw the ball to on each down. Training camp will allow the duo to establish some chemistry and turn things around for Gabbert and the offense.
Kansas City Chiefs
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Date: July 27 - August 16
Location: Missouri Western St. University, Saint Joesph, Missouri
Storyline to watch: Health and growth of the offense
A year ago the Chiefs had one of the worst offenses in all of football. Quarterback Matt Cassel was hurt, as was star running back Jamaal Charles. Approaching training camp, star receiver Dwayne Bowe is holding out in the hopes of landing a long-term deal. For the offense to be effective, these three players must be at camp and healthy, or a repeat of the 2011 season is not out of the question.
Rookie to watch: Dontari Poe
Poe was a workout-warrior in the offseason leading up the 2012 NFL draft, but did little on film while playing for the small school of Memphis. The mammoth defensive tackle is going to have a lot of work to do in training camp to prove the doubters wrong. He is a perfect fit for the Chiefs defense, but has to use training camp to learn and earn the job.
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Date: July 28
Location: Nove Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Storyline to watch: Hard Knocks, rookie quarterbacks and Ochocinco
These highly combustible elements are set to ruin everything for the Miami Dolphins in 2012 if the organization does not approach each in the correct manner. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill will attempt to win the starting job, but will have to deal with a lack of a true No.1 wide receiver, the loudmouthed Chad Ochocinco and HBO Hard Knocks cameras to boot.
Rookie to watch: Ryan Tannehill
All eyes are on Tannehill at this point. He was a controversial selection at No. 8 overall in the 2012 NFL draft and will have an uphill battle to win the starting job. There is no doubt he has the athleticism to win at the next level, but training camp will quickly reveal if he has the capacity to adapt to the pro game so quickly.
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Date: August 1
Location: Minnesota St. University, Mankato, Minnesota
Storyline to watch: Adrian Peterson's injury status
Running back Adrian Peterson tore his ACL and MCL and underwent meniscus surgery late last season, leaving his availability in 2012 up in the air. Peterson is recovery quickly, which is great; but it would be unwise to rush him back from injury. Practicing in shorts is one thing, but taking an NFL hit is another. How the Vikings organization handles this situation is something to watch moving forward.
Rookie to watch: Harrison Smith
The Vikings had an atrocious defensive secondary a year ago, so they traded back up into the first round of last year's draft to select safety Harrison Smith. He will have to learn on the fly in training camp to help turn around the horrible unit.
New England Patriots
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Date: July 25
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Storyline to watch: Evolution of the defense
It is no secret the New England Patriots are known for their high-flying offense, and it is also no secret that the defense was laughably bad last year. Head coach Bill Belichick made it a point to address the issue this offseason with a plethora of free-agent signings and draft selections. The re-tooled unit begins its road to redemption when training camp opens.
Rookie to watch: Chandler Jones
Chandler Jones is going to have a huge say in whether the Patriots defense can become a respectable unit in 2012. The defensive lineman is more than capable of applying pressure to opposing quarterbacks, but he also has a knack for making those around him better. It would be wise to closely track Jones in camp.
New Orleans Saints
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Date: July 28
Location: Saints training facility, Metairie, Louisiana
Storyline to watch: The lingering effects of Bountygate
What has turned out to be one of the most infamous offseasons in NFL history could have a highly negative impact on the New Orleans Saints in 2012. Quarterback Drew Brees is holding out for a long-term deal, Head coach Sean Payton is suspended for the season, and the leader of the defense has been replaced with Curtis Lofton. The long journey ahead of the organization begins on July 28.
Rookie to watch: Nick Toon
Nick Toon was not selected until the fourth round of this year's draft because the depth at the wide receiver position was tremendous. That counts as a steal for the Saints. Toon will flourish catching passes from Drew Brees as long as the quarterback shows up to camp.
New York Giants
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Date: July 27 - August 14
Location: University at Albany, Albany, New York
Storyline to watch: Can the team improve in the regular season?
The New York Giants are without a tremendous amount of flaws coming off of a Super Bowl victory. If the Giants hope to have any chance of repeating, the play in the regular season has to better mirror the postseason performances. The Giants only went 9-7 in the regular season last year, and that is going to have to improve in 2012.
Rookie to watch: Rueben Randle
Rueben Randle will have his chance to shine in training camp with Hakeem Nicks recovering from injury. The Giants' front office look like geniuses now with the Randle selection, and he could further that notion with a strong showing in training camp. Randle could easily see a lot of playing time next season with a solid camp performance.
New York Jets
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Date: July 26 - August 4
Location: SUNY Cortland, Cortland, New York (July 26 - August 20), Hofstra University, Long Island, New York (August 21), Jets training center, Florham, New Jersey (August 23-24)
Everything is dandy with the New York Jets as of now thanks to quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez saying all the right things to the media recently. That will change when camp gets underway. Like it or not, there will be a quarterback controversy created by the media and fans from the word go. Every time Sanchez struggles in camp, the Tebow chants will begin.
Rookie to watch: Quinton Coples
As a defensive lineman, Quinton Coples has everything the Jets need. He can put pressure on the quarterback and stop the run effectively enough. He is an integral piece to the future of the Jets defense, but questions of his motor and effort have occurred before. Training camp will be the first chance to see if Coples is ready to give it his all.
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Date: July 27
Location: Napa Valley, California
Storyline to watch: How good can handicapped defense be in 2012?
The Oakland Raiders have had to suffer the past couple of season thanks to horrendous salary cap decisions. The departure of Nnamdi Asomugha hurt two years ago, as did the departure of Kamerion Wimbley this year. Rolando McClain is suspended and is sitting in jail, so the talent level of the defense is not extremely high. Training camp is crucial to for the Raiders defense this year.
Rookie to watch: Juron Criner
The Raiders did not have a lot of draft picks to work with this year, but they may have landed the steal of the draft in the fifth round with wide receiver Juron Criner. He has impressed already at rookie camp, and that could transition well into training camp as he adapts to the pro game and develops chemistry with quarterback Carson Palmer.
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Date: July 26 - August 14
Location: Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Storyline to watch: How the teams reacts to high expectations
After the debacle of the 2011 season, the Eagles, better known as the "Dream Team," are still under a lot of pressure to win it all in 2012. Head coach Andy Reid is on the hot seat, so that is even more pressure for the entire roster. The Eagles had an outstanding offseason and clearly have one of the most talented rosters in the league, but now it is time for the Eagles to finally meet or exceed expectations, or else.
Rookie to watch: Fletcher Cox
Fletcher Cox was the highlight of what was arguably the best draft class in 2012. He is a game-changing defensive lineman that can elevate the Eagles' defensive line to elite status if he lives up the the hype. He is an excellent pass-rusher and takes up enough bodies to open up lanes for his teammates. He will have a lot to learn quickly when chasing down Michael Vick in training camp.
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Date: July 27 - August 17
Location: St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Storyline to watch: The relationship between Ben Roethlisberger and Todd Haley
The Pittsburgh Steelers brought in a new offensive coordinator this offseason, and that is rough on everyone involved, but especially on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Todd Haley is implementing his own system in Pittsburgh, and training camp is ultimately going to lead to the success or utter failure of the Steelers offense next season.
Rookie to watch: David DeCastro
The Steelers have needed to upgrade the offensive line protecting Roethlisberger for some time now, and David DeCastro would be the main player to watch going into camp. His development and adjustment period in camp will be a telling sign of whether Roethlisberger is on his back a lot in the coming season.
San Diego Chargers
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Date: July 28 - August 12
Location: Chargers Park, San Diego, California
Storyline to watch: Who steps up with Vincent Jackson gone?
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson chased the money down to Tampa Bay this offseason and left the San Diego Chargers without a true No. 1 receiver. Tight end Antonio Gates will likely attempt to pick up some of the slack, but receivers such as Malcom Floyd, Robert Meachem, Eddie Royal and Roscoe Parrish will have to play a large role. The search for Jackson's lost production begins when Chargers camp kicks off.
Rookie to watch: Melvin Ingram
Melvin Ingram was considered one of the top players in last year's draft but managed to fall to the Chargers in the middle of the first round. He fits exactly what the Chargers were looking for entering the draft. Ingram has the ability to singlehandedly upgrade the entire unit, and the organization is most certainly hoping he can do so.
San Francisco 49ers
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Location: 49ers Headquarters, Santa Clara, California
Storyline to watch: Can the team take the next step?
The San Francisco 49ers bowed out of the postseason last year in the NFC Championship game, one game short of the ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl. The 49ers are returning all 11 defensive starters from last year's unit and have made some solid additions on the offensive side of the ball. Training camp will allow the team to gain even more experience and take the next step together.
Rookie to watch: LaMichael James
LaMichael James is a game-breaking running back that will be splitting carries with Brandon Jacobs and Kendall Hunter. He is the perfect change of pace back behind those two that possesses the explosiveness to score on any play. Not only will he be fun to watch in camp, he will grow into another dangerous element of the 49ers offense.
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Location: Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Washington
Storyline to watch: Matt Flynn vs. Tarvaris Jackson vs. Russell Wilson
The Seattle Seahawks have decided to have a three-way battle for the starting quarterback job in camp between last year's starter (Jackson), a pricey free agent (Flynn) and an unexpected solid rookie (Wilson). There does not appear to be a quarterback with an inside edge, but the decision could make or break the Seahawks' 2012 season.
Rookie to watch: Bruce Irvin
Many blasted the Seahawks when the organization selected West Virginia pass-rusher Bruce Irvin early in the 2012 NFL draft, but the Seahawks could end up getting the last laugh. Irvin has an elite skill set in terms of getting to opposing quarterbacks and could be a starter for Seattle. He will make winning the three-way quarterback battle difficult for all participants when training camp kicks off.
St. Louis Rams
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Date: July 29 - August 24
Location: Russell Training Center, Earth City, Missouri
Storyline to watch: Sam Bradford's development
The St. Louis Rams organization fully expects Sam Bradford to be a franchise quarterback. That did not happen in 2011 as the team went 2-14. Bradford took a massive step back last season and is the main factor in the team's success in 2012. Head coach Jeff Fisher is doing an admirable job of rebuilding the roster, but without Bradford the Rams are going nowhere fast.
Rookie to watch: Janoris Jenkins
Cornerback Janoris Jenkins was a controversial selection by the Rams this year thanks to his checkered past. On the field Jenkins is an elite talent that will pair with Cortland Finnegan to potentially form one of the better secondaries in the league.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Date: July 27 - August 12
Location: Buccaneers training facility, Tampa, Florida
Storyline to watch: Doug Martin vs. LeGarrette Blount
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Doug Martin in the first round this year to be a nice addition or complement to incumbent starter LeGarrette Blount. Instead, Martin could be taking over the backfield on his own and leaving Blount in the dust. Regardless of how the battle plays out, it is a win-win for the Bucs heading into the season.
Rookie to watch: Mark Barron
The other high-profile rookie to watch for with the Bucs is safety Mark Barron. The Bucs needed a solid presence in the secondary and have potentially found one in Barron. He fit a huge need and has the skill set to be an elite safety in the NFL.
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Date: July 29
Location: Baptist Sports Park, Nashville, Tennessee
Storyline to watch: Jake Locker vs. Matt Hasselbeck
It is the classic aging veteran vs. unlimited upside youngster quarterback duel for the Tennessee Titans. Either way, the Titans end up winning because they will have a veteran with over 30,000 career passing yards directing the offense, or a promising young player who can lead the team to wins while continuing to develop.
Rookie to watch: Kendall Wright
The Titans selected wide receiver Kendall Wright to provide a boost to the passing game next season. With star receiver Kenny Britt coming back from a gruesome injury, the Titans needed a complement to Britt, as well as an insurance policy. Wright will make the dueling quarterbacks look good in camp while learning the offense.
Robert Griffin III
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Date: July 26 - August 13
Location: Redskins Park, Ashburn, Virginia
Storyline to watch: How far can RGIII take the offense next season?
The Washington Redskins broke the bank to bring in quarterback Robert Griffin III this offseason. Without a doubt, Griffin is the starter, but it remains to been if he can orchestrate the Redskins quick-strike offense effectively. Griffin is going to need to gain chemistry and an understanding of the playbook quickly in training camp.
Rookie to watch: Robert Griffin III
Griffin is the only rookie to pay close attention to this season. He has the intangibles to be a great NFL quarterback, but it will be his decision making that allows or prevents the Redskins to compete for the NFC East title in 2012.