Yet here we are, nearly six months later and NFL players and coaches are wrapping up their summer vacations and getting ready to report to training camp next week.
Training camp brings hope to all 32 teams that this could be their year. Fans in Seattle see no reason why the Seahawks can't be even better this year. The folks in Denver would like nothing more than a rematch in what might be Peyton Manning's final season. Hopes are even high in Cleveland; while the Browns may be losing their best player to a year-long suspension, the arrival of Johnny Manziel has the city alive with excitement.
In Minnesota hopes are extremely high for a Vikings team that will try to bounce back from a forgettable 5-10-1 season last year. New head coach Mike Zimmer and his fiery personality are a welcome change after three seasons under the low-key Leslie Frazier.
The Vikings made a couple of astute free-agent signings that will help shore up their defense and look to have had their third straight excellent draft.
The Vikings will report to training camp next week with a roster that has far more depth than in recent seasons. Several starting positions will be up for grabs during camp, which should make for an even livelier month than usual.
Here we give you an admittedly early projection of the Vikings' final 53-man roster for their opening game in September.