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Every NFL Team’s Biggest Concern Going Into Training Camp

Every NFL Team's Biggest Concern Heading Into Training Camp

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No NFL team is flawless, and each team has their own question marks they must answer year in and year out. Some teams rise to the occasion and some fail to do so early in August.

Here is every NFL team's biggest concern heading into training camp.

Arizona Cardinals: Replacing ILB Daryl Washington

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Arizona Cardinals: Replacing ILB Daryl Washington

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Washington, one of the NFL's most talented young inside linebackers, was banned for the entirety of the 2014 season, leaving the Cards looking for a replacement in the middle of their talented defense after losing veteran Karlos Dansby via free agency. Former LSU standout Kevin Minter will have to step up and become the leader the team is missing.

Atlanta Falcons: Replacing TE Tony Gonzalez

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Atlanta Falcons: Replacing TE Tony Gonzalez

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The Atlanta Falcons will receive a boost offensively this season from having star WR Julio Jones back and ready to go, but will be missing a key part of their offense in TE Tony Gonzalez, who retired after the 2013 season. The team is losing 83 receptions, 859 yards and eight touchdowns worth of production from just one season ago, and will attempt to fill that void with Levine Toilolo, Mickey Shuler and Bear Pascoe in 2014.

Baltimore Ravens: Uncertainty Surrounding RB Ray Rice

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Baltimore Ravens: Uncertainty Surrounding RB Ray Rice

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Rice, Baltimore most important offensive player, could be facing a suspension this season due to an off-field altercation surrounding a video which surfaced involving Rice and his wife. Baltimore does have a capable backup in Bernard Pierce, but the team will miss Rice's ability to basically do it all.

Buffalo Bills: How to Split the RB Workload

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Buffalo Bills: How to Split the RB Workload

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Spiller, one of the NFL's most exciting runners to watch, has a new backfield partner in Bryce Brown, along with one of Buffalo's longest-tenured players in Fred Jackson. All three backs could start on just about any team in the league, so Buffalo will need to figure out how exactly to distribute the workload evenly to get the most out of each player. Best guess: Spiller 45 percent, Jackson 30 percent, Brown 25 percent.

Carolina Panthers: QB Cam Newton's Recovery

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Carolina Panthers: QB Cam Newton's Recovery

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Newton underwent ankle surgery recently and is expected to miss a short window of time to recover. Carolina has numerous question marks surrounding the team, including who will step up at receiver and what happens with DE Greg Hardy and his court case, but the team cannot afford to lose their star QB. Carolina cannot function without Newton healthy and raring to go.

Chicago Bears: Starting Linebackers

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Chicago Bears: Starting Linebackers

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Bostic played in an inconsistent manner during his rookie season and will look to become Chicago's starting middle linebacker this season. Bostic will be competing alongside DJ Williams, Lance Briggs, Khaseem Greene, Christian Jones, DeDe Lattimore, and Shea McClellin for the opportunity to be one of Chicago's three starting linebackers in the team's 4-3 defense. Briggs and Bostic are odds-on favorites to start, leaving one position to be filled.

Cincinnati Bengals: Does RB Benjarvis Green-Ellis Have a Role?

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Cincinnati Bengals: Does RB Benjarvis Green-Ellis Have a Role?

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Green-Ellis has been an important player offensively for Cincinnati during his tenure with the team. His role has been questioned this offseason after the team spent a high draft selection on LSU RB Jeremy Hill, who the team will pair with RB Giovani Bernard to form one of the league's better running duos. But where does BJE fit in? Or is he on the outside looking in?

Cleveland Browns: Life Without WR Josh Gordon

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Cleveland Browns: Life Without WR Josh Gordon

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Gordon is facing a suspension for the upcoming 2014 season and could miss a substantial amount of time, leaving Cleveland looking for answers at the receiver position. Miles Austin, Travis Benjamin, Andrew Hawkins, Charles Johnson, Chandler Jones, Kenny Shaw and Connor Vernon make up the team's receiving squad. Someone will surely have to step up if Gordon misses an extended period of time. The question is who, though.

Dallas Cowboys: Replacing MLB Sean Lee

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Dallas Cowboys: Replacing MLB Sean Lee

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Lee was injured yet again this offseason and will miss the entire 2014 season, leaving Dallas searching for an answer at the middle linebacker position. The team may lean on WLB Bruce Carter a bit this season, but Dallas will ask MLB DeVonte Holloman to step up in his second season with the team to replace Lee. Holloman played well in a limited role last season, but can he replace Lee's 99 tackles and four interceptions worth of production?

Denver Broncos: LB Von Miller's Health

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Denver Broncos: LB Von Miller's Health

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When healthy, Von Miller is the NFL's most fierce and disruptive pass rusher, but his production fell off last season due to a six-game suspension and an injury. Miller is a key piece in Denver's pursuit of the Lombardi trophy this season. With new DE DeMarcus Ware, Miller may not be asked to do as much for the team, so the stud pass rusher may be even more disruptive -- that is, if he if fully healthy and ready to go this season.

Detroit Lions: Offensive Ball Distribution

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Detroit Lions: Offensive Ball Distribution

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Detroit has a loaded roster on paper offensively with WRs Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, TEs Brandon Pettigrew and Eric Ebron, and RBs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. However, QB Matthew Stafford will have to figure out how to involve all players evenly throughout the offense to ensure the team is successful during the 2014 season. Stafford needs to distribute the ball effectively and not rely on Johnson nine times out of 10.

Green Bay Packers: Who Starts at TE?

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Green Bay Packers: Who Starts at TE?

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The Packers have a ton of talent at tight end with Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Richard Rodgers and Colt Lyerla, yet the team still does not know who the clear-cut starter is. Quarless has yet to practice this offseason and Bostick is still recovering from a foot injury, leaving the rookies as the only tight ends to really get good looks this offseason. Quarless has the talent to be a good starter, but can he get healthy and stay healthy?

Houston Texans: When Will WR Andre Johnson Return?

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Houston Texans: When Will WR Andre Johnson Return?

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Johnson has been Houston's longest tenured player and has spent his entire career with the team, but has recently skipped camps and OTAs after questioning the future of the franchise and his role within the organization. Houston cannot afford to lose Johnson's services and will struggle offensively without the star wide receiver. Houston fans should cross their fingers that the disgruntled star returns soon.

Indianapolis Colts: Can RB Trent Richardson Break Out?

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Indianapolis Colts: Can RB Trent Richardson Break Out?

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Richardson struggled during his first season in Indianapolis after being traded before the trade deadline from Cleveland for a first-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. The former Alabama star has yet to make a huge impact during his young professional career, but still has time to turn his career around in a young and talented Indianapolis offense. Richardson needs to become a stud runner for Indianapolis to succeed.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Curious Case of WR Justin Blackmon

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Jacksonville Jaguars: The Curious Case of WR Justin Blackmon

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Blackmon is one of the NFL's most talented young receiver, but similar to Cleveland's Josh Gordon, the young receiver cannot stay out of trouble. Blackmon is facing a potential 2014 season ban from the NFL, and looks to be going at it alone as Jacksonville has stated they have not heard from him much in recent weeks. The young receiver could be an intricate part of Jacksonville's future, but can he stay out of trouble long enough?

Kansas City Chiefs: Making OLB Justin Houston Happy

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Kansas City Chiefs: Making OLB Justin Houston Happy

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Houston is currently holding out for a new deal and in his own right, he should be. Houston has been one of the bright spots for the Kansas City defense in recent seasons, and should be the key piece moving forward. Fellow OLB Tamba Hali is aging quickly, yet still playing at a high level, and rookie Dee Ford is likely Hali's future replacement. Houston deserves a new deal, and Kansas City should lock the pass rusher up long-term.

Miami Dolphins: Replacing C Mike Pouncey

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Miami Dolphins: Replacing C Mike Pouncey

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Miami lost their star center recently to hip surgery, which will sideline one of the NFL's young stars for at least three months, leaving the team without their best offensive player until October at the earliest. Miami has a few capable options on the roster in Sam Brenner, Shelley Smith, Tyler Larsen and Nate Garner, and the team could opt to sign a free agent such as Samson Satele or Kyle Cook as a short-term replacement.

Minnesota Vikings: Is QB Teddy Bridgewater the top QB Option?

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Minnesota Vikings: Is QB Teddy Bridgewater the top QB Option?

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Bridgewater, whom Minnesota traded back into the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to select, will be competing with Matt Cassel this offseason for the starting QB job. Cassel has underwhelmed during his tenure with the team, and Bridgewater was quite inconsistent during his final collegiate season. Yet, the team may thrust Bridgewater into action at some point this season. The only question is when will that time come?

New England Patriots: What Does the Receiving Group Look Like?

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New England Patriots: What Does the Receiving Group Look Like?

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New England currently has a young and very talented group of receivers in WRs Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce, Brandon LaFell, Kenbrell Thompkins and Jeremy Gallon. But how exactly does the team sort these players out? Dobson and LaFell have No. 2 capabilities, but the team is truly lacking a No. 1 receiver. Who will step into that role for All-Pro QB Tom Brady this season?

New Orleans Saints: Get TE Jimmy Graham Into Camp

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New Orleans Saints: Get TE Jimmy Graham Into Camp

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Graham, who was franchise tagged this offseason as a TE, is in the middle of an appeal of his tag and would like to make receiver money instead of tight end money. Regardless of how this situation shakes out, New Orleans needs to do their best to get Graham into camp to continue building toward a strong 2014 season. The offense is not the same without Graham, and New Orleans may just need to bite the bullet on this one.

New York Giants: LT Williams Beatty's Broken Leg

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New York Giants: LT Williams Beatty's Broken Leg

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Beatty is recovering from a broken leg which he suffered during the team's final regular season game during 2013, and he may be forced to begin training camp on the PUP list. If Beatty is unable to go this season, the team will move forward with journeyman Charles Brown as the left tackle, but Brown is nowhere near as talented as Beatty is. That alone could put a halt on New York's NFC East title desires.

New York Jets: Which Chris Starts at RB?

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New York Jets: Which Chris Starts at RB?

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Chris Ivory played well last season in his first year with New York, yet the team still felt the need to go out and grab former Tennessee Titan RB Chris Johnson. Johnson has already made some questionable claims that he could "still rush for 2,000 yards" and has been a distraction throughout his NFL career. Ivory should be the team's No. 1 back, which may not make Johnson a happy camper, leading to a heated battle heading into the 2014 season.

Oakland Raiders: Is CB DJ Hayden Healthy?

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Oakland Raiders: Is CB DJ Hayden Healthy?

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Hayden's young career has already been riddled with injuries as his rookie campaign was shortened to just eight games due to a nagging groin injury. Hayden also recently suffered a right ankle injury that kept him sidelined for the majority of minicamp, which the team claims could sideline the former first-round pick until training camp. Hayden needs to step up this season as the team's No. 1 corner in a fierce AFC West.

Philadelphia Eagles: Where is the Pass Rush?

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Philadelphia Eagles: Where is the Pass Rush?

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Trent Cole, Philadelphia's top pass rusher for what has seemed like forever now, is not getting any younger, and OLB Connor Barwin is more of a run-stuffing linebacker than a pass rush specialist. The team did select OLB Marcus Smith in the first round in May's NFL and he does boast incredible athleticism, but has struggled thus far with the concepts of the team's defense. Philadelphia needs to figure their pass rush out quickly.

Pittsburgh Steelers: OLB Depth

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Pittsburgh Steelers: OLB Depth

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Pittsburgh has entrenched starters at OLB in Jarvis Jones and Jason Worilds, but there is little proven depth behind both players. Arthur Moats has been a decent player during his career, but does not offer up much upside. Chris Carter and Jordan Zumwalt are both still unproven players. The team could opt to reunite with James Harrison, but the team will likely wait until they see what they have in Carter and Zumwalt.

San Diego Chargers: Who Starts at SS?

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San Diego Chargers: Who Starts at SS?

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San Diego has owned one of the league's worst pass defenses for quite some time now, but the team received a boost yesterday by signing CB Brandon Flowers to pair with first-round pick Jason Verrett. However, there is still some uncertainty surrounding the strong safety position. Will Jahleel Addae win the position, or will Marcus Gilchrist steal the job from Addae? Either way, the strong safety spot is looking very weak.

San Francisco 49ers: Resolve Holdout Situations

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San Francisco 49ers: Resolve Holdout Situations

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Both TE Vernon Davis and RG Alex Boone are currently holding out in hopes of a new deal with the San Francisco organization. Davis had previously stated he wanted a new deal but wouldn't skip mandatory minicamp, which he did. Boone, on the other hand, has quietly held out of all activities. Both players are crucial for San Francisco this season if the team wishes to remain successful in the NFC West. They must resolve these conflicts.

Seattle Seahawks: Allow RB Marshawn Lynch to Rest

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Seattle Seahawks: Allow RB Marshawn Lynch to Rest

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Lynch has been the true definition of a workhorse running back during his tenure with Seattle, averaging over 300 carries each season. The former California running back has taken a bit of a sabbatical this offseason, and has distanced himself from the game and his team. Lynch has taken a pounding during his time in Seattle, and deserves to rest up while the team works Robert Turbin and Christine Michael into the rotation.

St. Louis Rams: QB Sam Bradford's Health

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St. Louis Rams: QB Sam Bradford's Health

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Bradford just cannot stay healthy, and it has to be taking a toll on his body. The former No. 1 overall pick has a revamped offensive line in front of him to keep him standing upright, so the young QB should be in line for a good season in 2014. That is, if he can stay healthy for a full 16 game season. Bradford's talent is undeniable, but his ability to stay on the field is alarming for St. Louis' future.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Is RB Doug Martin Ready to Carry the Load?

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Is RB Doug Martin Ready to Carry the Load?

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When Tampa lost RB Doug Martin for the remainder of the season in 2013, they lost arguably their most important offensive weapon, and it showed. The team has capable backups, but Martin's ability to do it all is something that the team truly missed in the second half of the 2013 season. With Lovie Smith in town, Martin has the chance to become one of the league's most-talked about rushers -- but is he healthy enough to handle the workload?

Tennessee Titans: Is QB Jake Locker Healthy Enough to Lead?

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Tennessee Titans: Is QB Jake Locker Healthy Enough to Lead?

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Locker has a chance to do something special with Tennessee if he can stay fully healthy. We saw a glimpse of what Tennessee could do with a healthy Locker last season. Once he went down for the season, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick did his best to will the team back into the playoff hunt, but the team came up short. Tennessee's success this season rides on Locker's health, and if he can stay healthy enough, they can be a force in the AFC South.

Washington Redskins: RG3 of 2012?

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Washington Redskins: RG3 of 2012?

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Washington has to be worried about the state of their franchise quarterback's knee and how healthy RG3 will be entering the 2014 NFL season. Washington should hope to see the RG3 of 2012 rather than the disaster that was RG3 of 2013. With a plethora of weapons offensively, Griffin should have no trouble getting himself back into the groove of things to be a dominant contender in the wide-open NFC East.