NFL training camps open for all teams within the next 10 days, signaling the true beginning of pads-on football practices.
With the pads on, the stars and starters begin to separate themselves from the backups and those fighting to keep their jobs. It also marks the return of veterans and those injured last season, players who are trying to hold on to their starting status.
Position battles become even more compelling than they were during minicamps and OTAs. Who rises and who falls makes all the difference as rosters are cut from 90 men to the eventual 53.
These players are what make training camp such a must-watch period for NFL diehards. Here are the top 15 players to keep your eyes on as July turns into August and August turns into the start of the 2014 NFL season, based on position battles they will be embroiled in, who is an up-and-coming star and major injuries key players are trying to overcome.