TEMPE, AZ - JUNE 13: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the football as he practices in the minicamp at the team's training center facility on June 13, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

NFL Training Camps Start This Week

NFL teams are gearing up for training camp, which start next week. Get start dates for all 32 training camps here.

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Oakland Raiders Open Training Camp Sunday, July 29

The Raiders are more or less starting over in 2012.

In the wake of Al Davis' passing, not much is particularly recognizable about Oakland's franchise besides the uniforms. Most notably, Davis is no longer there. But the team also moves forward with new faces in charge at every position: Dennis Allen is a first-time head coach after being defensive coordinator for the Broncos, Greg Knapp is a first-time offensive coordinator, taking the step up from being a QB coach for the Texans, and Jason Tarver is a first-time NFL defensive coordinator after being co-coordinator at Stanford. That's a lot of "first-times" to throw around, and that's just in the three most notable positions.

Unfortunately, there aren't many rookies to break in. The Raiders traded away five of their seven draft picks and didn't select until the 95th overall pick. On the bright side, there's plenty of change going on in Oakland's silver and black. Carson Palmer will be attempting to establish rapport with his wide receivers in his first full season in Oakland. Palmer had mixed results in his ten games with Oakland -- 13 touchdowns, 16 picks -- but now has the benefit of a full offseason with his team and a new, perhaps improved, offensive gameplan under Allen.

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St. Louis Rams Training Camp Starts Saturday, July 28

The road back to relevance for the St. Louis Rams will be a long one after a 2-14 finish last season. But with a new head coach, new general manager, and a slew of upcoming draft picks, that road might well start in training camp this weekend.

St. Louis hasn't been good for a while. They entered last season with eight wins in the previous two years combined. But new GM Les Snead knew it would take more than one player to turn the squad around, opting to deal the No. 2 overall pick to the Washington Redskins. They lost out on Robert Griffin III -- which is a bummer, but they already have Sam Bradford -- and instead picked up three first round picks over the next three years as well as a second rounder this year. They turned their two new picks this season into DT Michael Brockers and CB Janoris Jenkins, who will join fellow newcomers Cortland Finnegan and Kendall Langford at their positions.

But the biggest shifts for the Rams will be on the sidelines. The team brings in former longtime Titans' head coach Jeff Fisher after a one year break from coaching. His braintrust has already taken quite a hit, however, as his defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, won't be coaching in his first year on the job due to his involvement in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal. Defensive playcalling will apparently be done somewhat by committee.

Success this year isn't particularly likely for the Rams. But with young talent led by Bradford and an entirely new braintrust in charge, it seems the team is headed in the right direction.

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Seattle Seahawks Soar Into Training Camp On July 27

7-9 somehow managed to be good enough for the Seahawks to make the playoffs two seasons ago, but this past year, it wasn't close. Their attempt to break .500 in 2012 begins with the start of training camp on Friday.

The question Pete Carroll's squad is looking to solve by the end of camp is obvious: who out of Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn, and Russell Wilson will emerge as the Seahawks' starting QB? Jackson had a career high in passing yards last season in his first year as the Seahawks' starter, but this is his seventh year in the league, and he's never really figured out how to throw more touchdowns than interceptions. Flynn impressed in his lone start with the Packers last season, throwing for 480 yards and six touchdowns against the Lions in Week 17 while Aaron Rodgers rested, and earned himself a three-year, $26 million contract. But that was just one game with one of the highest-octane passing attacks the NFL has ever seen - the last time Flynn played consistently he was a starter for the 2008 National Champion LSU Tigers squad. Wilson is a rookie who impressed majorly in three years at NC State and improved upon his already nice resume with a dominant season as the QB for Wisconsin last year, but the 5-foot-11 QB was only a third-round pick and probably isn't cut out to start right away at the NFL level. The Seahawks will try to leave training camp with a better idea of who they want throwing the ball.

Of course, there are other questions for the Seahawks: Star running back Marshawn Lynch got the contract he wanted, but a DUI might see him suspended for part of the year. The Seahawks also hope to improve a pass rush after drafting Bruce Irvin in the first round and picking up Jason Jones from the Titans on a one-year deal.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sail Into Training Camp Thursday

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered through a nightmarish end to their 2011 season, losing their last 10 games to close out the year. The Bucs are hoping to turn things around in 2012 and made some significant moves in the offseason in an attempt to make that happen.

The team picked up free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson and lineman Carl Nicks and are looking to field a much stronger team come fall. That team will get their first looks this week, as Tampa Bay kicks off their training camp on Thursday.

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San Francisco 49ers Training Camp Gets Underway Thursday

The San Francisco 49ers had a breakout season last year, riding one of the best defenses in the league to the NFC Championship Game and nearly all the way to the Super Bowl. In 2012, they will have their sights set on winning the whole enchilada.

The Niners will hope to benefit from a revamped offense, as scoring points was their Achilles heel in 2011. They've added Mario Manningham, Randy Moss and first-round pick A.J. Jenkins to go along with Vernon Wells and Michael Crabtree in their receiving core and premier rusher Frank Gore.

Fans will get their first look at how the team is appearing to shape up as the Niners kick off their training camp on Thursday.

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Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Gets Underway Sunday

The Dallas Cowboys will open up training camp Sunday and will be among the last teams in the league to do so, trying to bounce back from a disappointing 8-8 season that saw them fall short of making the playoffs. Though Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware will all be back, much of the focus on training camp will be on the new faces in town.

The top of that list is Morris Claiborne, the LSU cornerback for whom the 'Boys traded way up in the draft to the sixth overall pick to acquire. Though Claiborne has yet to sign his rookie contract, and he's recovering from wrist surgery, NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal reports he's expected to attend training camp.

Claiborne is one of a trio of newcomers to the Cowboys revamped defensive backfield, along with cornerback Brandon Carr and safety Brodney Pool. On the offense, all remains essentially unchanged, with the exception of sophomore running back DeMarco Murray playing with the first team and Felix Jones with the second.

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Indianapolis Colts Ride Into Training Camp On Saturday

It's the first training camp of the rest of the Indianapolis Colts' lives, as the franchise will try to put the Peyton Manning era behind them when they open training camp on Saturday July 28.

All eyes will be on No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck, a product of Jim Harbaugh's pro-style system at Stanford and a gentleman who is expected to be able to step in immediately at the QB position.

Luck isn't the only one making his debut in Indianapolis; it's the first training camp as a head coach for Chuck Pagano, the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator last season.

Pagano is bringing his 3-4 defense with him, a big switch for the returning defenders who spent most of their career in the Tampa Two defense Tony Dungy installed when he was the head coach.

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Carolina Panthers Training Camp Begins Friday

The Carolina Panthers begin Year Two of the Cam Newton era when they open training camp on Friday, July 27.

Newton, the 2011 Offensive Rookie of the Year, exceeded even the wildest expectations last season, throwing for 4,051 yards and 21 TDs last season. He'll try to work on his decision-making going into his sophomore season and cut down on the 17 interceptions he threw in 2011.

Part of the reason that Newton threw for so many yards was that the Panthers were constantly playing from behind, as their defense allowed 26.85 points a game, one of the worst marks in the NFL.

Second-year head coach Ron Rivera was hired for his defensive expertise, and the defense should be more comfortable with his schemes now that they've had a year of practice under their belt.

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Houston Texans Training Camp Opens Friday, July 27

The Houston Texans were decimated by injuries last season, but despite having to lean on a young third-string quarterback in the home stretch, they managed to have their most successful season in franchise history with a respectable playoff run.

The Texans are looking to field a stronger and healthier team this fall, as Matt Schaub, Darryl Sharpton and others will be returning from injury. The Texans still have Arian Foster and a potentially powerful offense to lead them in 2012, despite losing Mario Williams to free agency, who was a key component of the defense.

The Texans will get a chance to see how all the pieces will fit together as their training camp opens on Thursday.

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New York Giants Training Camp Kicks Off Thursday

The New York Giants made a second unlikely run to a Super Bowl title in five years in 2011. Can Eli Manning and the ferocious Big Blue pass rush repeat in 2012? Adding a few new pieces to the mix on offense might help.

The Giants lost Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham to the 49ers, but Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz make a terrific pair of wideouts, draft pick Reuben Randle could be a nice pick-up, and new acquisition Martellus Bennett gives Manning what could be a very good tight end. What's more, David Wilson at halfback replaces the lumbering Brandon Jacobs with some lightning that could pair well with Ahmad Bradshaw.

On defense, the Giants settled for not messing up a good thing. Jason Pierre-Paul enters his third year as one of the league's premier pass rushers, and heads up a deep line, while simply coming into training camp with more healthy players in the secondary should make covering up for any lapses in pressure much less difficult in 2012.

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Miami Dolphins Start Training Camp Thursday, July 26

The Miami Dolphins have a challenge before them heading into 2012. The AFC East is home to the AFC's Super Bowl representative, a Jets team that is still gunning for the playoffs, and a rapidly improving Bills team. The Dolphins' biggest addition in the 2012 NFL offseason? Ryan Tannehill.

Tannehill, Miami's first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, isn't even a shoo-in to take the starting quarterback job from Day One. That's because the Fish have a few different options at QB, with Tannehill, David Garrard, and incumbent starter Matt Moore all still on the roster.

Whoever does win the job may be a bit disappointed by the talent around him. Reggie Bush will be looking to match his career year from 2011, but Brandon Marshall is in Chicago now and 34-year-old Chad Ochocinco isn't much of a replacement for him. Having a rookie like Lamar Miller, Michael Egnew, or Jeff Fuller (Tannehill's college teammate) step up in training camp would be a huge help.

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Tennessee Titans Start Training Camp Friday

The Tennessee Titans open training camp on Friday, July 27 with a giant question mark under center.

Veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck is penciled in as the starter under center, but 2011 first-round pick Jake Locker will be given a chance to win the job in camp.

Locker was billed as a project when he came into the NFL, but he'll be expected to make a big step forward in his second year, especially considering what other high first-round picks at the position have given their teams in recent years.

Whoever wins the job will be counting on a rebound year from Chris Johnson, who had the worst year of his NFL career (1,047 yards and 4 TD's) after missing all of training camp in a contract dispute and eventually receiving a $53 million extension.

On the other side of the ball, the Titans will be counting on the addition of DE Kamerion Wimbley to improve their pass rush.

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Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp Starts July 26

When the Chiefs open training camp on Thursday, they will welcome back a familiar face who they sorely missed last season. After tearing his ACL just 12 rushing attempts into his 2011 season. Jamaal Charles is healthy again heading into 2012.

With Charles and newly acquired Peyton Hillis, the Chiefs are expected to have one of the NFL's top running back duos in 2012. Charles ran for 1,467 yards in 2010 and has a career yards per carry of 6.1. Hillis struggled last season, but ran for 1,177 yards in 2010. If both are healthy in 2012, they should be a major boost to a Chief running game which ranked 15th in yards per game last season.

In addition to Hillis, the Chiefs also added right tackle Eric Winston, tight end Kevin Boss and cornerback Stanford Routt. To bolster their defense, they used the No. 11 pick in the NFL Draft to select defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

The Chiefs complete training camp schedule can be found at the team's official website.


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Minnesota Vikings Begin Training Camp Thursday

The Minnesota Vikings are just three years removed from being a Brett Favre interception away from playing in a Super Bowl, but they now look like the fourth-place team in the rugged NFC North. Can they change that when they open their 2012 training camp on Thursday, July 26?

The Vikings are handing over their offense to Christian Ponder for good in 2012, after a year split between Donovan McNabb and Ponder, but he may not have the weapons he had in 2011. Adrian Peterson continues his recovery from an ACL tear in late 2011 and is dealing with the aftermath of a July arrest, while Percy Harvin, who the Vikings expect to come to camp, was making noise about holding out and being dissatisfied with his role.

The Vikings also upgraded their roster with draft pick Matt Kalil at tackle and free agent Chris Carr at corner. They may need a lot more than that to keep pace with the Packers, Lions, and Bears in the NFC North.

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New York Jets Training Camp Takes Off Thursday

The New York Jets will certainly have no shortage of eyes on them for the rest of the year and throughout the 2012 NFL season. Everyone is anxious to see whether there will be tension surrounding the quarterback position as Tim Tebow is getting set to serve as a backup to Mark Sanchez ... for now, at least.

On Thursday, the Jets will kick off their training camp and fans and analysts may get an idea of how head coach Rex Ryan is going to fit all of the pieces together. The scrutiny is not about to let up, so get ready for plenty of Tebow conversation throughout the summer and into the fall.

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp Starts Thursday

The Cleveland Browns open training camp Thursday with a bit of a different look from last season. Leading rusher Peyton Hillis is now in Kansas City and former starting quarterback Colt McCoy is now likely relegated to backup duty.

Now, the face of the franchise is new star running back Trent Richardson. The Alabama product was the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft. Brandon Weeden, the No. 22 pick in the same draft will likely join Richardson in the backfield as the new starting quarterback.

While youth will bring hope and optimism, the Browns have a long way to go to make up ground in the AFC North. Cleveland finished 4-12 last season and scored the third-fewest points in the league. The new additions on offense will try to help what was a solid defense last season. The Browns finished 2011 with the fifth best scoring defense at 19.2 points per game.

It all begins Thursday as the Browns open camp. Cleveland's training camp practice schedule can be found at the team's official website.

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Detroit Lions Begin Training Camp July 26

Fresh off their first playoff appearance in more than a decade, the Detroit Lions open training camp Thursday looking to make the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since 1994-95.

As camp opens, much of the attention will be on Detroit's high-powered offense. Led by quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the Lions finished with the NFL's fourth-highest scoring offense in 2011 at 29.6 points per game. Stafford threw for more than 5,000 yards while Johnson caught 96 passes for 1,681 yards.

Detroit will hope to have a more potent running game in 2012 with the return of Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure from injury. Best missed 10 games last season due to a concussion while Leshoure missed the entire season with an Achillies injury.

On the defensive side of the ball, Detroit still needs to resolve the contract issue with franchised defensive end Cliff Avril. The two sides were unable to agree to a long-term contract by the franchise deadline so Avril will now likely play the 2012 season under his $10.6 million franchise player tender.

Whether or not Avril reports for the start of training camp remains to be seen.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Start Training Camp Thursday

With a new ownership group and a new coaching staff in place, the Jacksonville Jaguars open training camp on Thursday for the start of a new era.

The first big decision they'll have to make is at quarterback, where 2011 first-rounder Blaine Gabbert struggled mightily last season.

Gabbert, coming from a spread offense at Missouri, wasn't considered among the more NFL-ready signal callers last year. It showed in 2011, with Gabbert completing only 50.4% of his passes and throwing for only 2,154 yards and 12 touchdowns, despite starting 15 games.

Mularkey, the former offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, had a lot of success developing a young quarterback in Matt Ryan, and he'll hope for similar results in Gabbert's sophomore campaign.

Giving Gabbert more weapons in the passing game was one of the Jaguars' priorities in the off-season, as they signed Lee Evans and Laurent Robinson in free agency and took Justin Blackmon in the first round of the NFL Draft.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Gets Under Way Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been barely managing to fit all of their highly paid veteran players under the salary cap for years and, for yet another season, they've been able to work some magic to get everyone under the cap. They've been partially aided in that by the retirement of Hines Ward, but they still need to work out a deal with wide receiver Mike Wallace before the 2012 season starts. Preferably, they'd like to get that deal done before training camp starts July 25.

Assuming the two sides work out a deal, the Steelers are expected to be a playoff team again in 2012. Rookies David DeCastro and Alameda Ta'amu should contribute right away for the Steelers, who didn't add anyone of note in free agency. It's the same team as last year for the most part, and they should be very competitive if they can avoid the injuries that plagued them last season.

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San Diego Chargers Open Training Camp Wednesday

The San Diego Chargers have spent a very long time underachieving with one of the most talented rosters in the league, to the point that it is now very debatable whether they actually have a playoff-quality roster. They're still very good, however, and every other team in the AFC West has question marks surrounding them. When they kick off training camp on July 25, they'll have a division title in mind as their goal for the season.

San Diego lost Vincent Jackson to free agency but did a decent job of replacing him with Robert Meachem. They also added some good pieces through the draft in Melvin Ingram and Kendall Reyes, both of whom should help on defense immediately. The Chargers also still employ Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates, so they should be able to move the ball, but they also still employ Norv Turner, which is really confusing.

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Washington Redskins Start Camp July 25

It's unlikely that the Washington Redskins are going to execute a complete turnaround and challenge for an NFC East division title in 2012, but they appear to be headed in the right direction for the first time in a long time.

Hopes are high that Robert Griffin III, the first blue-chip quarterback of the Dan Snyder era, can guide the the 'Skins out of the cellar and into playoff contention in the near future. They begin life with Griffin as the franchise QB when they open training camp on Wednesday.

Unfortunately for the Redskins, as bright as their future and the future of Griffin appears to be, rookie quarterbacks usually don't turn teams into contenders instantly. The Redskins still aren't going to be a great team in 2012, and they face a fight to avoid finishing in last place in their division.

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Philadelphia Eagles Start Training Camp Wednesday

After the debacle that was the early part of last season, the Philadelphia Eagles will probably refrain from calling themselves the 'Dream Team' during training camp in 2012. The Eagles had a big free agency period last season, but it took them until very late in the season to put it all together. They finished strong, however, and face very high expectations in the NFC East.

The Eagles upgraded their weak defensive interior by adding middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans through a trade and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox through the draft. Still, it's going to take more than a couple of players to fix the Eagles' defense, which got burned regularly by good rushing attacks and short passes over the middle. Philly can cover receivers on the outside, rush the passer and score, but only time will tell whether or not they've fixed their glaring problems. They begin training camp on July 25.

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New England Patriots Open Training Camp Wednesday

Last season ended in disappointment for the New England Patriots, who fell in the Super Bowl to a 9-7 team that finished the regular season with a negative point differential. They were favorites to beat the New York Giants, just like the last time the two teams met in the Super Bowl, and they lost to Tom Coughlin's Giants again.

The Patriots have made minimal changes this offseason and are expected to be one of the best teams in the NFL in 2012. On offense, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd should improve what was already one of the best passing attacks in the league. They lost a couple of pass rushers but picked up rookies Dont'a Hightower and Chandler Jones in the draft, both of whom should contribute to the team immediately. The Patriots open up their training camp July 25.

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Denver Broncos Training Camp Begins July 25

Even though the Denver Broncos made the playoffs last season with a relatively young team, they made one of the most drastic offseason changes of any NFL team by trading away Tim Tebow and signing Peyton Manning to take over the quarterback job. A winning record and a playoff victory wasn't enough to preserve the job of Tebow, as the Broncos snatched the opportunity to pick up a future Hall of Fame quarterback while reverting back to a more conventional offense.

Not much else has changed in Denver, and for good reason. The Broncos' defense and running game was very solid in 2011, and should be good again. However, they are dealing with some suspensions on defense that could hinder the start of their season. Broncos camp gets underway on Wednesday.

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Green Bay Packers Training Camp Starts July 25

The Green Bay Packers take their first major step in washing the bad taste of last season's ending out of their mouth when training camp begins on Wednesday. Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Greg Jennings and the gang will kick off their training camp Wednesday, July 25 while they attempt to recreate that magic of the 2010 playoffs and combine it with the 2011 regular season.

The Packers are known for their rabid, nationwide fan base and training camp figures to be packed to the gills. The cheeseheads will be aching to get a first look at the team's first-round draft pick, defensive end Jerel Worthy, as well as cornerback Casey Hayward and brand spankin' new center Jeff Saturday, fresh off being released from the Colts in their cleaning house this offseason.

The Pack will again be one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, but how they deal with last season's unpleasant exit at the hands of the eventual champion Giants will go a long way to proving if they're ready for another Lombardi Trophy.

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Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp Opens July 25

The Cincinnati Bengals weren't expected to be a contender for a playoff spot with a rookie quarterback and a rookie No. 1 wide receiver in 2011, but their young tandem proved everyone wrong with their performances. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green exceeded all expectations and were a big part of why the Bengals sneaked into the AFC's final playoff spot. They'll try to repeat that feat as underdogs again in 2012, and they begin their training camp on Wednesday, July 25.

Because of their tough division, the Bengals won't be expected to make the playoffs again, but it would be difficult to argue that they did not get better. They held onto their best players, improved their running game by picking up BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and drafted a couple of rookies that should start right away. Dre Kirkpatrick and Kevin Zeitler should immediately improve the cornerback and offensive guard positions.

They're just as good as the team that went 9-7 last year. The only question about the Bengals is whether or not they were lucky to achieve that record in the first place.

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Chicago Bears Training Camp Opens July 25

The Chicago Bears got off to a strong start in 2011 and appeared to be in serious contention for a playoff spot, but their postseason hopes were derailed late in the year by injuries to Jay Cutler and Matt Forte. Both players are healthy and Forte has a brand new contract, inspiring confidence that this season is going to be better than last season for the Bears. They begin their training camp on July 25, just south of Chicago in Bourbonnais, IL.

Not only are the Bears optimistic about their season because their stars are getting healthy, but because of the pieces they've added. Brandon Marshall and rookie Alshon Jeffery should upgrade their passing attack immediately, while first round pick Shea McClellin is expected to start on defense and boost the pass rush right off the bat.

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Buffalo Bills Training Camp Starts July 25

The Buffalo Bills' training camp will get underway on Wednesday, and Bills fans have more reason to be excited than in about two decades. The reason at the top of the list is offseason free agent acquisition Mario Williams, the defensive end who, paired with last year's Top 5 pick Marcell Dareus, is expected to turn Buffalo into one of the more dangerous pass-rushing teams in the league.

Behind Williams, this year's first-round pick, Stephon Gilmore, an athletic marvel at the cornerback position, should be ready to jump in and team with Leodis McKelvin and Jairus Byrd for a ball-hawking secondary primarily focused on forcing turnovers.

On offense, Bills fans will be happy to see running back Fred Jackson back in action after he spent the majority of the 2011 season on injured reserve. Jackson led the team to a hot start while averaging 93 rushing yards per game, to go along with being one of the best receiving threats out of the backfield. Jackson and C.J. Spiller figure to thrill fans as they go back and forth with backfield reps. Couple that with Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing bombs to Stevie Johnson and Vince Young hanging around — he'll be doing something, I guess — and it should be a fun time in Western New York.

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Atlanta Falcons Training Camp Flies July 25

Fresh off back-to-back playoff appearances, the Atlanta Falcons open training camp Wednesday on the quest for a third-consecutive postseason berth. The Falcons lost in the wild-card round of the postseason last year and are 0-3 in the playoffs under head coach Mike Smith.

Quarterback Matt Ryan begins his sixth NFL season and has all of his weapons from last year back again. Michael Turner returns as the lead running back, while Roddy White and Julio Jones form one of the NFL's top wide receiver duos. Jones caught 54 passes for 959 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie in 2011. Jones battled injuries, but closed the season strong, catching 24 passes for 461 yards and six touchdowns over the final five regular season games.

The Falcons didn't have a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, but added some offensive-line depth by drafting center Peter Konz in the second round. The Falcons also added Asante Samuel in a trade with Philadelphia.

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Baltimore Ravens Training Camp Kicks Off Wednesday

The Baltimore Ravens made their fifth-consecutive playoff appearance last season and will begin the quest for a sixth when their training camp opens on Wednesday. With Ray Rice now signed to a new five-year contract and Ed Reed expected to return in 2012, Baltimore will return most of its core from last season.

The Ravens won the AFC North with a 12-4 record and advanced to the AFC Championship game last season before losing to the New England Patriots. They were able to re-sign the majority of their key free agents, including Rice, and selected former Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw in the second round of the NFL Draft.

The biggest question mark for the Ravens as their 2012 training camp begins is the status of injured linebacker Terrell Suggs. Suggs tore his Achillies tendon in May, putting his 2012 season in doubt. Despite questions, Suggs continues to maintain that he will return this season, possibly as soon as October.

Even without Suggs for part of or even the entire 2012 season, the Ravens are once again expected to be among the contenders in the AFC.


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New Orleans Saints' Training Camp Opens Tuesday

The 2012 NFL football season is coming quickly, and the New Orleans Saints begin training camp on Tuesday when the team reports to practice at Metairie, La.. The Saints answered one of their biggest question marks when they re-signed quarterback Drew Brees to a massive long-term contract, keeping their quarterback position a non-issue for the next few seasons.

The Saints will be hoping that free agent guard Ben Grubbs will be able to fill in for Carl Nicks, who left in free agency. The team will also be dealing with a shuffled coaching staff and suspensions due to the infamous bounty scandal.

The team will begin actual practice on Thursday after a conditioning test Wednesday. The team will also hold a joint practice with the New England Patriots for two days, beginning on Aug. 7.

2012 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Date

Practice

Times

Location

Tues., July 24

Reporting Day

Metairie, LA

Wed., July 25

Conditioning Test

Indoor Facility

Thur., July 26

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Fri., July 27

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Sat., July 28

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Sun., July 29

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Mon., July 30

No Practice

Tues., July 31

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Wed., Aug. 1

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Thur., Aug. 2

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Fri., Aug. 3

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Sat., Aug. 4

Travel Day

To Canton, OH

Sun., Aug. 5

Saints vs. Cardinals

7:00 p.m.

Fawcett Stadium; Canton, OH

Mon., Aug. 6

Walk-Through

Foxborough, Mass.

Gillette Stadium

Tues., Aug. 7

Practice

With N.E. Patriots

Gillette Stadium

Wed., Aug. 8

Walk-Through

With N.E. Patriots

Gillette Stadium

Thur., Aug. 9

Saints at Patriots

6:30 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 10

No Practice

Sat., Aug. 11

No Practice

Sun., Aug. 12

No Practice

Mon., Aug. 13

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Tues., Aug. 14

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Wed., Aug. 15

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

Thur., Aug. 16

Practice

4:00-6:45 p.m.

Metairie, LA

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Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Starts Monday

The Arizona Cardinals are the first NFL team to open training camp for the 2012 season. Rookies and veterans report for camp on July 23, according to an official announcement from the NFL. They take the field for their first practice on July 25. Arizona is starting slightly earlier than the rest of the league because they are scheduled to play the New Orleans Saints in the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 5.

The Cardinals start camp with a quarterback issue to resolve. Arizona was one of a handful of NFL team that courted Peyton Manning in the spring, a year after dealing with the Eagles for Kevin Kolb and signing him to a six-year, $65 million contract. John Skelton is expected to challenge Kolb after winning five games in relief of the injured Kolb last season.

A complete schedule of practices, including sessions open to fans, can be found on the Cardinals' official website.


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NFL Training Camps Start Monday, July 23

NFL teams are gearing up for training camp, which start next week. Get start dates for all 32 training camps here.

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