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Every Team’s Biggest Question for 2013 NFL Training Camp

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Every Team's Biggest Question for 2013 NFL Training Camp

Every Team's Biggest Question for 2013 NFL Training Camp
Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

I can't believe it's already nearly August. There are, literally, chills down my spine.

The dog days of July are yielding to the start of NFL training camps across the league, and by the end of next week each will be in full swing. What's been speculation will get a little more tangible evidence. Fantasy football debates will hinge on daily happenings. Veterans taking a little extra rest will be overblown.

Rewind a year to review the dialogue on rookie quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill and Robert Griffin III. Tannehill's Dolphins sat near the bottom of many experts' preseason power rankings and Wilson seemed destined to back-up monster acquisition Matt Flynn. As Pete Carroll is wont to do, the Seattle Seahawks coach threw expectations and prior plans to the wind and chose the guy who outperformed everyone in camp and preseason, naming Wilson the starter for Week 1 of the regular season.

Like many training camp battles, Wilson's momentum began in minicamp earlier in the offseason. The rookie made it through a bit of primary, setting the stage for solving Seattle's quarterback question in August.

"He's showed us enough," Carroll told reporters last May after watching Wilson's minicamp performance. "He's in the competition. And that is going to tax us, as you know. It was already going to be taxing with two. But he's shown us enough that we need to see where he fits in with these guys."

Quarterbacks and rookies are far from the only major questions facing teams in training camp here in 2013, so check out the most burning ones from each team.

Thomas Emerick is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEmerick, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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New York Giants

New York Giants
Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Can Big Blue field a half-decent secondary?

Typically half their defensive backs are bulldozed by injuries during camp, and they can't afford it with a unit that lost Kenny Phillips and has rapidly declined.

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Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Will the 4-3 transition go smoothly?

Monte Kiffin is a legend, but bending a defensive formation that fit 3-4 perfectly is a bold call.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Washington Redskins

Washington Redskins
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

How's RG3's knee holding up?

That's the million-upon-million dollar question, as the franchise cornerstone makes his way back from knee surgery. It will be interesting to see how Washington changes its offense in response.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Who's running the NFL debut of Chip Kelly's offense?

Michael Vick struggled mightily last year, Nick Foles showed a few things and Kelly drafted Matt Barkley, but there's a case to be made for each at quarterback.

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Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers
Benny Sieu-USA Today Sports

Will one of the Packer rookies emerged as RB1?

Green Bay took Eddie Lacy in round two and Johnathan Franklin in round four, and the two will battle for first-team reps throughout camp with lesser veteran incumbents.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Can Ziggy Ansah provide immediate returns off the edge?

The rookie fifth-rounder is considered a raw talent, but if he can put it together in camp then Ansah would pair amazingly with stalwarts Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Can Minny's offense get vertical?

No team throw deep with less frequency than the Vikes last season, and Christian Ponder must show dramatic improvement to get that trust.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears
David Banks-USA Today Sports

Will Marc Trestman revolutionize the Bears offense?

Trestman has proved himself in many leagues at many levels, and now returns from the CFL to push a talented Bears offense up a notch. Could be the best thing to ever happen to Jay Cutler.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Will Tampa's new-look secondary take them from worst pass defense to elite?

It should be interesting to see how the sudden assembly of Mark Barron, Dashon Goldson, Darrelle Revis and Johnthan Banks will gel in camp.

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New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints
Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Can New Orleans' safety position grow respectable?

As long as Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper continue to take the bulk of snaps, it's hard to imagine that happening. Hopefully first-rounder Kenny Vaccaro doesn't leave the field.

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Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

How much of John Abraham's void can Osi Umenyiora fill?

Abraham offered more in run defense than Umenyiora ever has, so how Atlanta uses Umenyiora on early downs is key.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Can Carolina's secondary play well above their heads?

If Haruki Nakamura, Charles Godfrey, Josh Norman, Josh Thomas, Captain Munnerlyn and the gang (I know, right?) don't pleasantly surprise in camp, you could see some free-agent additions at defensive back.

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Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks
Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Will Seattle bother running anything besides nickel base?

Because with Antoine Winfield playing slot they shouldn't, often.

For more of their training camp questions.

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San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers
Kelley L. Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Who will be Colin Kaepernick's favorite target at receiver with Michael Crabtree out?

Tight end Vernon Davis could see an uptick in catches, but receiver underwhelms if Anquan Boldin can't recreate his playoff form over the course of a season.

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Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals
Mark J. Rebllas - USA TODAY Sports

Will Carson Palmer help Larry Fitzgerald produce circa-2009 numbers?

Fitz was buried by his QB platoon over the past couple years, but Palmer provides the first competent gun-slinger in Arizona since Kurt Warner.

For more of their training camp questions.

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St. Louis Rams

St. Louis Rams
Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

Can Sam Bradford elevate his game through Tavon Austin?

There were periods here and there when Bradford caught rhythm with Danny Amendola, and St. Louis needs Bradford to establish this kind of connection with their top pick.

For more of their training camp questions.

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New England Patriots

New England Patriots
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Where will Tom Brady's production come from?

Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Lloyd, Danny Woodhead and Wes Welker represented roughly 80 percent of his passing yards in 2012, and if Rob Gronkowski can't stay healthy that number gets even closer to 100.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Will the free agent haul on defense pay immediate dividends?

The Dolphins started anew at linebacker and cornerback, with Koa Misi the incumbent at just one of those five starting spots.

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Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Will CJ Spiller finally be heavily utilized?

His total touches haven't been too shabby, but Chan Gailey seemed to go away from Spiller at the worst times. It's speculated that Doug Marrone could turn Spiller into a real workhorse.

For more of their training camp questions.

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New York Jets

New York Jets
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Will Geno Smith finally silence the Mark Sanchez drama?

Sanchez has been quite the media fascination for several valid reasons, but if Smith can quickly wrest QB1 away early in camp then we can finally stop talking about a mediocre quarterback.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Who will fill James Harrison's shoes?

And giant shoes they are: either Jason Worilds will finally be up to the test or first-rounder Jarvis Jones seizes them.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA Today Sports

Who will take up the leadership reins from Ray Lewis and Ed Reed on defense?

Terrell Suggs has always seemed like the leader-in-waiting and he'll be joined by other longtime Raven greats like Haloti Ngata. This is still the Ravens defense, just with a few changes.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns
Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Will the 3-4 transition rapidly boost this defense?

Some experts are wondering if this lower-tier defense will suddenly jump to Top 10 under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton and edge-rushing additions Barkevious Mingo and Paul Kruger.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

How exciting will the Bengals offense look with all its shiny new toys?

Andy Dalton might possess a relative lack of arm strength but could really excel in a creative, quick-hitting offense that just drafted tight end Tyler Eifert and receiving-savvy back Gio Bernard to go along with a variety of weapons.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Houston Texans

Houston Texans
Thomas Campbell- USA Today Sports

Can DeAndre Hopkins impress enough to draw attention from Andre Johnson?

Johnson will get his regardless, but this offense could really benefit from another major threat at receiver from the rookie first-rounder.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars
Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Will Gus Bradley revive a miserable Jags defense?

Seattle's former defensive coordinator brings the "Leo" to Jax, and will rely on a slew of rookie defensive players led by second-round safety Johnathan Cyprien to help a miserable unit rebound.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Can Jake Locker approve his accuracy?

Watch their late-season game in Indy, and it's embarrassing. Pro Football Focus rated him as the worst quarterback under pressure last season. Glass half-full: He was considered a project out of college and maybe year three clicks.

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Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

How will Andrew Luck adjust under new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton?

Probably much more smoothly than with Bruce Arians, as Hamilton's west-coast, tight-end incorporating style seems to better mirror Luck's college experience. And keep him upright.

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San Diego Chargers

San Diego Chargers
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Can the Chargers protect Philip Rivers?

DJ Fluker seems more of a road-grader than pass-blocker, and outside of him the unit lacks meaningful additions in pass pro.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Will Matt Flynn finally get a shot?

The world may actually get a chance to debate Flynn's on-field regular season performance, outside of those two games filling in for Aaron Rodgers.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

How much of the slot snaps will Wes Welker take up?

Demaryius Thomas played really well in that role last year, so it will be interesting to see how much Thomas factors in here with Welker now aboard.

For more of their training camp questions.

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Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Will Andy Reid's offense click in KC?

Reid loves to chuck it around but this offense seems better suited for a more run-oriented approach. One thing is for sure: It will be better than last year.

For more of their training camp questions.