NFL Training Camp: Five Big Questions Heading Into a New Season

Bryan DietzlerSenior Analyst IJuly 21, 2010

ENGLEWOOD, CO - APRIL 23:  Tim Tebow is introduced by the Denver Broncos at a press conference at the Broncos Headquarters in Dove Valley on April 23, 2010 in Englewood, Colorado. The Broncos picked Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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NFL teams and their players are gearing up to play some football in the hot summer sun as training camp is just about to start. 

We have had a whole offseason to see teams make attempts to overcome their issues, draft, sign free agents, lose free agents, and gear up for what they (and we as fans) hope is a winning season and a chance to play in the Super Bowl.

There are several story lines as we head into training camp this summer with each and every team.  However, in the interest of brevity, we have narrowed it down to the five biggest questions that are still outstanding in the NFL as we head into training camp. 
So now let’s take a look at the five biggest questions heading into training camp which is now just a few short days away.

1.  Will Brett Favre return for another season?  

This is perhaps the biggest question in the NFL heading into training camp. His presence, or lack thereof, could make or break the Minnesota Vikings chances of winning the NFC North or even the NFC this season, so it’s important that the Vikings find out soon if he’s coming back.

As NFL fans, we all know just how much Favre likes training camp.  So, it’s tough to tell what he will do.  Some feel that he has not lead on to retirement and that he wouldn’t take the Vikings down the wrong path in making them think that he was going to play and then all of the sudden he says he is going to retire.

Such is the drama of Favre.  He’s never boring.

2.  Will the Saints repeat?

This question has been asked many times and the answers are almost always the same.  Maybe.  They have pretty much the same team heading into the 2010 season and appear to have made some improvements to the defense which was of some concern heading into the offseason. 

As it stands right now, the Saints remain the best team in the NFL by virtue of their still powerful offense and their opportunistic defense.  As long as injuries don’t get the best of them and they can hold off the Minnesota Vikings, then it’s possible this team could repeat as champions.  We will find out early in the season if they will be able to do that.

3.  Can the Steelers overcome the four game suspension of Ben Roethlisberger

Thanks to his misconduct, Big Ben has been forced to miss the first four games of the season due to a suspension.  The first four games of the season are critical in setting the tone for the rest of the season (unless you have been the San Diego Chargers lately), and if the Steelers go winless, or even 1-3 in their first four, they may not have a good rest of the season.

However, their defense may be able to carry them through and if their quarterback can play mistake free football then it’s safe to say they could go 3-1 or split their first four games.  This is a tough and resilient team, so fans hope they are able to dodge the bullet at the beginning of the season.

4.  Can Titan’s running back Chris Johnson run for 2,000 yards again?  

A lot of things have to go right in order for Johnson to be able to rush for 2,000 yards in a second consecutive season.  The Titans are returning pretty much the same offense this year and Johnson is entering the season healthy and ready to go.  His contract issues have also been taken care of which means that he won’t miss any training camp this summer. 

That’s good news for Johnson and the Titans.

Amassing 2,000 yards in two consecutive seasons is quite a feat and something that Johnson could do.  A lot of this success, if it happens, will only happen if his offensive line is ready to block and the Titan’s offensive line should be ready.

Barring injury, Johnson could come close to or just over 2,000 yards again.  Stay tuned.

5.  Will we get to see Tim Tebow this year?  

The answer to this question is maybe.  A lot depends on how well he does in training camp and whether or not he’s given an opportunity at the quarterback position.  Right now, things are looking fine with Kyle Orton at the helm, but if he starts to play poorly or gets injured could we see Tebow? 

Is he even ready to start playing quarterback in the NFL?

Tebow has become a very popular figure in NFL circles and his popularity may not allow the Broncos to keep him on the bench for too long.  If anything, he may see some time as an H-back or a gadget play guy until he is finally ready to take over at quarterback.

How long will that be?  It’s hard to tell especially since he is working on his throwing motion right now, but he may get pressed into action sooner than he is ready for. 

Will he succeed?  It all depends on just how ready he is to play in the NFL.


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