Football fans, we've made it. The calendar has officially turned to July, and while that means we'll soon be stuffing our faces and setting off fireworks in honor of America, it more importantly signals that NFL training camps will soon commence. To celebrate this soon-to-be wonderful time of year, it's time to examine position battles that won't be decided until the end of camp.
Every season, players vie for starting jobs in camp. It's a significantly different animal than OTAs, which are conducted in pads and shorts. Training camp represents real football—the kind with pads, hitting and intimidation, and it's where the cream rises to the top.
The most high-profile battles set to take place at this year's camps are absolute doozies. They feature three rookie signal-callers attempting to usurp veterans, three major clashes at running back, a second-year passer taking on a well-known backup and the Dallas Cowboys throwing middle linebackers at the wall to see which one sticks.
In this column, we'll tell you the participants and who is most likely to emerge victorious and start in Week 1.
Here are the NFL position battles that won't be decided until the end of training camp.