Highlighting the Best Rookie vs. Vet Battles in NFL Training Camps

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Highlighting the Best Rookie vs. Vet Battles in NFL Training Camps
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
New York Jets rookie Geno Smith is competing with Mark Sanchez for the starting quarterback job.

NFL training camp is an opportunity for rookies to steal away starting jobs from veterans, who themselves are expected to show up and perform to keep their jobs.

While some early draft picks may walk directly into starting jobs if their drafting teams lack talent at their positions, most rookies will have to win a battle with at least one veteran counterpart to see the field as a starter in Week 1.

Every NFL team will have these battles during their respective training camps, but some competitions look more realistic or intriguing than others.

In the following slides, we take a look at the competitions that are most likely to come down to the wire and where rookies have the best chance of moving their way up depth charts before the season begins.

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