Don't look now, but the NFL offseason kicks into high gear as the calendar resets and sprints toward the official 2015 training camp schedule.
It seems like yesterday Tom Brady hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, and Jameis Winston followed by waltzing to the podium first in the Windy City, followed by a class sure to change the landscape of the league.
Summer camps decide roster battles and jobs, while shaping said landscape outright. The calendar—in a hurry, by the way—gives way to preseason games and then the regular season.
Here is a full listing of the 2015 training camp dates for all announced teams:
|Baltimore Ravens||Under Armour Performance Center||Owings Mills, Md.||July 29|
|Buffalo Bills||St. John Fisher College||Pittsford, N.Y.||July 31|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Paul Brown Stadium||Cincinnati, Ohio||July 24|
|Cleveland Browns||Cleveland Browns Training Facility||Berea, Ohio||TBA|
|Denver Broncos||Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre||Dove Valley, Colo.||TBA|
|Houston Texans||Methodist Training Center||Houston, Texas||TBA|
|Indianapolis Colts||Anderson University||Anderson, Ind.||Aug. 1|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields||Jacksonville, Fla.||TBA|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Missouri Western State University||St. Joseph, Mo.||Aug. 1|
|Miami Dolphins||Miami Dolphins Training Facility||Davie, Fla.||TBA|
|New England Patriots||Gillette Stadium||Foxboro, Mass.||TBA|
|New York Jets||SUNY Cortland||Cortland, N.Y.||TBA|
|Oakland Raiders||Napa Valley Marriott||Napa, Calif.||TBA|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Saint Vincent College||Latrobe, Pa.||TBA|
|San Diego Chargers||Chargers Park||San Diego, Calif.||July 30|
|Tennessee Titans||Baptist Sports Park||Nashville, Tenn.||July 30|
|Arizona Cardinals||University of Phoenix Stadium||Glendale, Ariz.||July 31|
|Atlanta Falcons||Atlanta Falcons Training Facility||Flowery Branch, Ga.||TBA|
|Carolina Panthers||Wofford College||Spartanburg, S.C.||July 31|
|Chicago Bears||Olivet Nazarene University||Bourbonnais, Ill.||TBA|
|Dallas Cowboys||River Ridge Playing Fields||Oxnard, Calif.||TBA|
|Detroit Lions||Detroit Lions Training Facility||Allen Park, Mich.||TBA|
|Green Bay Packers||Ray Nitschke Field||Green Bay, Wis.||July 30|
|Minnesota Vikings||Minnesota State University, Mankato||Mankato, Minn.||July 26|
|New Orleans Saints||The Greenbrier||White Silver Springs, WV||July 29|
|New York Giants||Timex Performance Center||East Rutherford, N.J.||July 30|
|Philadelphia Eagles||NovaCare Complex||Philadelphia, Pa.||July 25|
|St. Louis Rams||Russell Athletic Training Center||Earth City, Mo.||July 27|
|San Francisco 49ers||Marie P. DeBartolo Sports Center||Santa Clara, Calif.||TBA|
|Seattle Seahawks||Virginia Mason Athletic Center||Renton, Wash.||TBA|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||One Buccaneer Place||Tampa, Fla.||July 31|
|Washington Redskins||Bon Secours Training Center||Richmond, Va.||July 30|
Noteworthy Camp Storylines to Watch
Quarterback Battles Galore
Each offseason, quarterback battles take center stage, as they should considering it's the most important position of all.
It's hard to even know where to start. Look at the New York Jets, with a new head coach and a tough decision between Geno Smith and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Last year, Smith completed just 59.7 percent of his passes for 2,525 yards with 13 touchdowns and interceptions, but does the organization want to go with a stopgap and ignore the potential?
So seems to be the non-New England story in the AFC East, as the Buffalo Bills face a similar question. Does the team roll with EJ Manuel, who started five games last year, or the veteran Matt Cassel, who appeared in three?
There's at least an early hint on the outcome, per ESPN's Mike Rodak:
Not entertained yet? Remember, Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien needs to make a tough decision between veteran Brian Hoyer and the upside of Ryan Mallett.
Then there's the Cleveland Browns.
Johnny Manziel remains one of the hottest topics in sports and is the new Tim Tebow one year removed from appearing in five games. He's already behind in the competition to journeyman Josh McCown, who tossed 11 touchdowns to 14 picks last year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Despite Browns coach Mike Pettine praising Manziel for being "hard on himself" this offseason, per ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler, it appears the former first-round pick faces a steep uphill climb to the starting gig.
Who said training camps are boring?
The Wild, Wild...NFC East
Thank the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles for what is sure to be a wild summer.
The Cowboys have a Dez Bryant contract situation to work out, or defuse. Perhaps most interesting about the roster itself, though, is the team's willingness to let DeMarco Murray walk and replace him with a hodgepodge of names.
Based on last year's numbers, a trio of Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar doesn't scream "triple-headed monster" behind the quarterback:
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Owner Jerry Jones spoke with Charean Williams of the Star-Telegram about the approach: “We want to continue to balance the right amount of work for McFadden, Randall, Dunbar. We want to get them the right amount of work, but we don’t want to be foolish as to what we do as we get on into the physical part of training camp."
Think the situation in Dallas is interesting? Try Philadelphia on for size, where Tebow resides. He'll occupy the spotlight, sure, but so will the aforementioned Murray in his new digs.
Also of note, there will be Sam Bradford's health under center, a red flag since he entered the league. Ditto when it comes to coach Chip Kelly, who continues to cause a scratch of the head with his moves, most recently releasing guard Evan Mathis.
When it comes to Kelly and the Eagles, what comes next on a day-to-day basis is top-flight entertainment.
As much as Winston and Marcus Mariota will hog the spotlight, there are plenty of rookies to focus on in the summer months.
One is former Alabama standout Amari Cooper, the wideout who squeaked the most out of Blake Sims last year on his way to finishing as one of three Heisman Trophy finalists. He sounds all-in on the proposition of paring with young quarterback Derek Carr, per the Oakland Raiders:
As for rookie wideouts in tough situations, keep in mind West Virginia's Kevin White must now shoulder the load of Brandon Marshall's production for the Chicago Bears, with the veteran wideout now suiting up for the Jets.
Perhaps the most interesting non-quarterback rookie is Todd Gurley of the St. Louis Rams, the explosive collegiate rusher who ended his position's first-round drought but must still overcome a knee injury.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network in May, Week 2 of the summer is Gurley's target:
A back some may label the most talented to enter the league since Adrian Peterson, Gurley remains a top name to watch as he continues his recovery and creates hope within the fanbase and league.
Of course, this is the defining trait of the summer—seeing how each team's new additions, rookies or otherwise, mesh with the roster. For now, everyone's a winner and the future looks bright.