NFL training camps come with a subtle complexity each preseason.
This is not just a series of practices; it's a camp—men are ripped from their families (willingly, of course) and thrown in a confined space to mesh with one another to achieve some sense of unity, while competing all the same.
Rookies set out to prove themselves to veterans who have been down the path and to coaching staffs who dictate if they can support their families by doing this for a living. Veterans are seasoned employees who have to watch, back against the wall, as new prospects are brought on to potentially replace them.
It is a combustible environment indeed.
This year has been no exception to the rule. Camps have a natural way of sorting things out, and the process has been underway long enough to differentiate between those who are on the right path and those who have taken a bad detour.
Most of the news this time of year is good. These guys are professionals, after all. It is those with bad news over their head whom fans should start to worry about.
Let's take a look at the studs and duds of training camp so far based on the latest reports and the overall outlook for each individual within his respective franchise.