NFL fans are starting to get hungry for football. OTAs and minicamps are only whetting their appetite; they need real, live football they can watch and see and feel. They crave full-speed action and bone-crushing hits. They need to hear helmets and shoulder pads popping in anger.
Training camps are the first time players battle for anything meaningful—but it's not a score on a scoreboard; it's a spot on the depth chart.
Even the best teams in the NFL have position battles; whether a decorated warrior can hold off a hyped-up recruit always makes for good viewing.
When it's a committee of players slugging it out for a single starting spot, things are no less interesting. In fact, when a team picks a player over multiple other candidates, it can say a lot about the player—and the direction the team is going.
We can't wait for the time when plastic shells and metal facemasks clash at full speed. And we are eager to see how these training camp battles turn out.