Training camp isn’t quite as intense as it was back in the 60s and 70s, but it’s more competitive than ever. With the average NFL career right at 3.5 seasons, players of all sorts are fighting for their jobs every day.
Training camp is also a place where stars are born. In 2010, an undrafted wide receiver by the name of Victor Cruz burst onto the scene for the New York Giants. Then, in 2012, outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict impressed with a strong showing during the Cincinnati Bengals training camp. His lights-out performance helped him earn 14 starts at weak-side linebacker last season.
Let’s take the time and look at one emerging training camp star from each division.