5 Most Shocking Pieces of NFL Minicamp Buzz

Wes StueveContributor IIIJuly 3, 2012

5 Most Shocking Pieces of NFL Minicamp Buzz

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    NFL minicamp is our first look at what each team will look like in 2012. The information may not be all-encompassing, but it is something.

    And from this plethora of news comes some pretty shocking information. Much of it isn't concrete, but mere speculation is often enough to surprise us.

    Which bits of speculation from 2012 minicamps were most surprising? Let's find out.

LeGarrette Blount Is Still Competing with Doug Martin

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    When the Buccaneers traded up to select Doug Martin in the first round, many assumed Martin would immediately unseat LeGarrette Blount at running back.

    Not so fast.

    Martin and Blount remained locked in competition, and neither is a clear front-runner. The two will probably end up splitting carries, but Blount's resistance is nonetheless surprising.

    With his receiving and blocking ability, Martin is the more complete back, but Blount has experience and power on his side. 

    This one could go down to the end.

The New York Jets Will Be Running a Lot of 4-3 Defense

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    For years, Rex Ryan has been one of the NFL's most famous advocates of the 3-4 defense. Now, his team is going to at least partially switch to a 4-3 scheme.

    Quinton Coples' presence off the edge is reportedly a huge factor in the change. However, many believed Coples' best fit was in a 3-4, so that is a bit surprising.

    Ryan has never been afraid to experiment, but he has been running a 3-4 for years now. Not many saw this one coming.

Ryan Tannehill Is Pretty Much out of the Miami Dolphins' Quarterback Competition

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    Because of his high draft status and familiarity with Mike Sherman's offense, Ryan Tannehill was expected to compete to start at quarterback for the Dolphins. At the moment, Tannehill is a ways off from starting.

    Newcomer David Garrard and incumbent Matt Moore sit atop the depth chart, with Garrard believed to be the favorite. Tannehill is scarcely mentioned as an option.

    The No. 8 overall pick, Tannehill is talented but raw. Apparently his familiarity with Sherman isn't enough to win the starting job.  

The Seattle Seahawks Actually Have a Quarterback Competition

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    Despite Pete Carroll's insistence that the team would hold a quarterback competition, many assumed free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn would be the team's starter. Flynn, however, is currently locked into a battle with Tarvaris Jackson and Russell Wilson.

    Clearly, the Seahawks aren't totally enamored with Flynn, who backed up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. At this point, Flynn is still the favorite to win the job, but it was expected to be certain by now.

    This isn't simply a competition in name, either. Both Jackson and Wilson have a chance at starting for Seattle.

Vince Young Is Battling for a Roster Spot

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    Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey expressed disappointment in Vince Young's knowledge of the playbook, and that could cost him a roster spot.

    This is surprising because the Bills seemed like a perfect fit for Young. Gailey loves mobile quarterbacks, and Young is exactly that. If the former No. 3 overall pick can't make it with Gailey, he may be hopeless.

    Young was able to stick with the Eagles last year, so it seems odd he should be struggling so much now. He isn't a starter—or, in all likelihood, a good backup—but Young should be able to make a roster.