It isn't exactly the most thrilling time for football fans right now, with most NFL players on brief vacations before training camps start up.
Far more attention is being placed on the marquee names being tossed around in basketball free agency or on how baseball teams are doing heading into the all-star break.
However, it is a time when most football fans are offered a clean slate that offers hope and high expectations for their team.
Of course, that might be an exercise in futility for some fans. Frustrated supporters of teams such as the St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, and Oakland Raiders might take more of a "wait and show me" approach right now.
Other team's fans, such as those of the Indianapolis Colts or defending champion New Orleans Saints expect to contend for a title based on recent history, and probably won't get too excited until a probable playoff trip commences.
This leaves us with the teams in the middle, such as the Miami Dolphins. So to get "Dolfans" excited for the upcoming season, here are 10 positives going into training camp.