With training camps set to begin this week, the 90-man NFL rosters are largely set in their personnel. Though development, regression and injuries will alter perceptions during the season, we do have a preliminary read on each team's strengths and weaknesses.
And while many want to focus on the former during this time of optimism, when every team is undefeated, the latter is ultimately what differentiates squads once the games count. The nature of the large rosters means that every team has weaknesses, but the ability to compensate for deficiencies is nearly as important as highlighting strengths.
Most teams have glaring holes that have been dissected endlessly throughout the offseason. The majority of fans have a grasp on the quarterback competitions around the league, and various team-specific crises (wide receiver in Carolina, middle linebacker in Dallas, etc.) have worked their way into the mainstream consciousness as well.
Instead, it might be more helpful to illuminate the more neglected soft spots. These holes might not stand out as clearly to the casual observer, but unless teams rectify them quickly, they could develop into disastrous defects that derail the season.