The biggest storylines as NFC North teams head into training camp are the new faces found everywhere in the division. With the Bears, it’s players like Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman, who should provide significant upgrades to Chicago’s linebacker corps.
In Detroit, the Lions will look to receivers Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin to help fill the void left by Calvin Johnson’s retirement. They’ll also hope Mitchell Schwartz and first-round draft pick Taylor Decker can help keep Matthew Stafford upright.
For the Green Bay Packers, it’s tight end Jared Cook, who Authentic K.J. Wright Jersey has an opportunity to become an impact receiver for Aaron Rodgers. Cook is recovering from foot surgery, which may complicate things for him a bit this preseason. In Minnesota, Alex Boone should go a long way toward lowering the number of hits taken by Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and Laquon Treadwell gives Bridgewater a big, strong receiving threat.
Teddy Bridgewater got hit a lot last season. The Vikings took steps to address that this offseason, bringing in veteran guard Alex Boone and tackle Andre Smith. How this unit shapes up could tip the divisional balance of power in Minnesota’s favor.
The Vikings drafted a big, physical receiver in Laquon Treadwell in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft to give Bridgewater a reliable weapon. Treadwell is expected to factor into the Vikings’ offensive plans heavily and early, and training camp will be an opportunity for him to acclimate to the NFL and develop chemistry with his quarterback.
Of course, they still have Adrian Peterson, who has yet to show any signs of slowing down. He is 31 years old and set to make $18 million next season. The Vikings need to start thinking about life after Peterson, and the next few weeks will help them get a sense of Authentic Kam Chancellor Jersey what third-year running back Jerick McKinnon can do.
Surrounded by relocation controversy, Raiders fans can take solace in the fact that their offense may be the best it’s been in years. In addition to the blossoming connection between Carr and Cooper, running back Latavius Murray — who finished second in the NFL in rushing yards in 2015 — has also emerged as a dynamic threat. Perhaps most impressively, he caught 41 passes out of the backfield last year as well.
The addition of Kelechi Osemele should also improve an offensive line that was already pretty good. For the first time in a while, the Raiders will look to not just return to relevance, but compete.
Maybe the biggest culprit for the Chargers’ miserable 4-12 campaign was their paltry defense — and it probably got worse this offseason. The team lost starting defensive end Kendall Reyes in free agency and stalwart safety Eric Weddle as well. Expectations are high for No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa, who still hasn’t signed his rookie deal.
Training camp will reveal the readiness of all the new faces in the AFC South to contribute and give a first look at some of the most promising young teams in the NFL.
The Houston Texans offense may have been the most discussed offense in the weeks leading up to training camp. The additions of quarterback Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller — who replaces longtime Texans running back Arian Foster — were the two most noteworthy moves.
The team also drafted speedy receivers Will Fuller and Braxton Miller, who will join DeAndre Hopkins, a dynamic receiver in his own right. Altogether, this offense should be fun to watch throughout training camp and the season.