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15 Predictions For NFL Training Camp 2014

15 Predictions For NFL Training Camp 2014

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The start of NFL Training Camp is right around the corner. After many months without football, the return of America's favorite sport is on the horizon. Even though it's just glorified practice, there are still plenty of intriguing storylines for fans to follow.

Here are 15 early predictions for NFL Training Camps in 2014:

15. Rob Gronkowski Will Be Very Limited, Again

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15. Rob Gronkowski Will Be Very Limited, Again

Rob Gronkowski

It's highly doubtful that Gronk will be allowed to fully participate at camp this year after his ACL tear late last season. But that still won't stop constant speculation on his return date. You can bet that Bill Belichick will be thrilled to answer those questions.

14. Vernon Davis Will Not Participate

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14. Vernon Davis Will Not Participate

Vernon Davis Will Have A Big Game

In the minds of most people who follow the NFL, Davis is fairly paid. But regardless, the odds are that he'll sit out camp as long as his contract remains unextended.

13. Cam Newton Will Call the Panthers' Passing Game a Work In Progress

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13. Cam Newton Will Call Panthers Passing Game a Work In Progress

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After losing his top three pass-catchers from last season, you can bet that Newton's patience will be tested at camp this year. Fans will find out just how good the fourth-year QB is in 2014.

12. Rex Ryan Will Say the Jets Are Going To Make the Playoffs

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12. Rex Ryan Will Say the Jets Are Going To Make the Playoffs

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A few years back Ryan was spouting off about the Jets playing in the Super Bowl. Nowadays the bar is set at making the playoffs, something the outspoken head coach will certainly guarantee.

11. Josh McCown Will Emerge As the Bucs' Starting QB

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11. Josh McCown Will Emerge As the Bucs' Starting QB

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Reports are already coming out of Tampa that McCown is well ahead of Mike Glennon in the race to become the Bucs' starting QB, which really isn't surprising based on the way he played in 2013.

10. The Falcons Will Be Somewhat Entertaining On Hard Knocks

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10. The Falcons Will Be Somewhat Entertaining On Hard Knocks

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There were worse and better choices for Hard Knocks 2014, but overall the Falcons, and specifically Roddy White, should be entertaining.

9. People Will Rave About the Progress of Chip Kelly and the Eagles' Offense

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9. People Will Rave About the Progress of Chip Kelly and the Eagles' Offense

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It's year two of Kelly's offense in Philadelphia, so the Eagles must be destined for great things. Right? You can bet that reports out of Eagles camp will tout how much better the team looks in 2014.

8. Jadeveon Clowney Will Adapt Slowly To 3-4 Defense

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8. Jadeveon Clowney Will Adapt Slowly To 3-4 Defense

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Even though the guy is a straight up freak athlete, he's going to be challenged while adjusting to the NFL and a new defensive scheme. But by the time week one of the season rolls around, he'll be good to go.

7. Media Will Swarm Around the Rams and Michael Sam

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7. Media Will Swarm Around the Rams and Michael Sam

Michael Sam

The circus will no doubt be in town for Rams' camp. That'll happen when the first ever openly gay NFL player is partaking. Hopefully the young man is allowed to keep his primary focus on football.

6. Matt Cassel Will Emerge As the Vikings' Starting QB

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6. Matt Cassel Will Emerge As the Vikings' Starting QB

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Some people already have this penciled in, but the safe bet is that Teddy Bridgewater will start his NFL career as a backup. Norv Turner likes Matt Cassel a lot, and the Vikings are probably better off going with a veteran QB to start the season.

5. People Will Protest at Redskins' Camp

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5. People Will Protest at Redskins' Camp

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Oh, there will be protests at Redskins' camp. You can take that to the bank. Will the protests eventually lead to a name change? Not this season.

4. Odell Beckham Will Win the Giants' No. 2 WR Spot

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4. Odell Beckham Will Win the Giants' No. 2 WR Spot

Odell Beckham

Beckham is the early favorite to take Hakeem Nicks' place in the Giants' offense, as he should be. Will his lack of size hold him back?

3. Andy Dalton Will Reportedly Look Strong

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3. Andy Dalton Will Reportedly Look Strong

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You know this is the story that the Bengals will want to get out. They don't want there to be any sort of questions surrounding Dalton after his poor finish to last season.

2. Kyle Orton Will Retire and/or No-Show

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2. Kyle Orton Will Retire and/or No-Show

Kyle Orton

If Orton does show up to be the Cowboys backup QB, it likely won't be for long. He's rumored to be on the verge of retirement, and will possibly even no-show training camp, even though it will cost him a truckload of money.

1. Johnny Manziel Will Continue To Be 'No. 2' In Cleveland

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1. Johnny Manziel Will Continue To Be 'No. 2' In Cleveland

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So far there's yet to be a report stating that Manziel will be the Browns' starting QB week one. Brian Hoyer is apparently way ahead of the rookie, and that's definitely the story the Browns want to tell. But everybody knows at some point that Johnny Football will get his chance.