Training camp is lastly right here. What is the most important query looming over every NFL staff as observe begins? The Athletic’s beat writers break it down.

Arizona Cardinals

How will the offense function with out DeAndre Hopkins?

Many questions have been answered. Rodney Hudson’s standing? Instead of retiring, the veteran heart determined to return. Kyler Murray’s contract? Done. Signed through the 2028 season, he’s now the NFL’s second highest-paid QB. That leaves this: How will the offense function with out Hopkins? The star receiver, suspended for the season’s first six weeks for violating the NFL’s PED coverage, leaves a playmaking void (with Hopkins final season, the Cardinals went 8-2. With Hopkins sidelined with accidents, they went 3-5). To assist, Arizona traded for Marquise Brown, who’s coming off his greatest season in Baltimore. Brown is explosive. He has chemistry with Murray, his school teammate at Oklahoma. But can he be Arizona’s No. 1 goal? — Doug Haller

Atlanta Falcons

Who will begin at quarterback and when?

The Falcons signed veteran Marcus Mariota — the identical one who was benched by Atlanta head coach Arthur Smith when Smith was Tennessee’s offensive coordinator in 2019 — the identical day they traded Matt Ryan, their starter the earlier 14 seasons. Mariota and Smith have maintained an excellent relationship and expressed optimism about their second stint collectively, however Atlanta drafted Desmond Ridder within the third spherical of this yr’s draft, and Ridder has impressed early along with his psychological command of the offense. The Falcons have to know this yr if Ridder may be their QB of the long run, which implies he must be on the sphere sooner or later. — Josh Kendall

Baltimore Ravens

Do the Ravens lastly prolong Lamar Jackson?

There are on-field questions, like how the younger receiver group will come collectively and when among the staff’s rehabbing starters — J.K. Dobbins, Ronnie Stanley, Tyus Bowser and Marcus Peters — can be able to return. However, Jackson’s contract standing will loom over coaching camp after which the common season if it’s not resolved. The Ravens have stated they need to do a deal. Jackson says the 2 sides are speaking. However, nothing about these negotiations have been routine. — Jeff Zrebiec

2022 NFL coaching camp websites

Team Site

State Farm Stadium

Atlanta Falcons Training Facility

Under Armour Performance Center

St. John Fisher College

Wofford College

PNC Center at Halas Hall

Paul Brown Stadium

CrossCountry Mortgage Campus

Marriott Residence Inn (Oxnard, Calif.)

UCHealth Training Center

Detroit Lions Training Facility

Nitschke Field

Houston Methodist Training Center

Grand Park

Episcopal School of Jacksonville

Missouri Western State University

Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center

Jack Hammett Sports Complex

University of California, Irvine

Baptist Health Training Complex

TCO Performance Center

Gillette Stadium

Ochsner Sports Performance Center

Quest Diagnostics Training Facility

Atlantic Health Jets Training Center

NovaCare Complex

Saint Vincent Collage

SAP Performance Facility

Virginia Mason Athletic Center

CreationHealth Training Center

Saint Thomas Sports Park

The Park

Buffalo Bills

Will the offense skip a beat with out Brian Daboll?

The Bills are Super Bowl favorites with a loaded roster that includes famous person quarterback Josh Allen. But Daboll’s exit to develop into the top coach of the Giants means there’s some uncertainty. For the primary time below coach Sean McDermott, the Bills have a rookie offensive coordinator in Ken Dorsey, promoted from quarterbacks coach. Will Dorsey have the identical autonomy to run the offense that Daboll did? Or will McDermott, who clashed with Daboll at instances, exert extra affect on that facet of the ball? It can be attention-grabbing to see in the event that they scale back Allen’s dashing makes an attempt and the way they use rookie operating again James Cook. — Joe Buscaglia

Carolina Panthers

How lengthy earlier than Baker Mayfield unseats Sam Darnold?

After buying and selling for Mayfield, Panthers GM Scott Fitterer stated it could be an “open competition” at coaching camp between the previous Browns quarterback and Darnold. But if the Panthers have been assured in Darnold, they wouldn’t have spent the offseason making an attempt to improve the place. They missed out on Deshaun Watson, drafted Matt Corral and despatched a conditional fifth-round decide to Cleveland for Mayfield. Because Mayfield is behind in studying Ben McAdoo’s offense, it wouldn’t be a shock if he and Darnold cut up reps early in camp. But Mayfield’s time is coming, and shortly, with the Panthers opening towards Cleveland. — Joseph Person

Chicago Bears

How a lot will Justin Fields enhance in Year 2?

For the Bears, it all the time begins and ends at quarterback — and issues all the time appear off. GM Ryan Poles and coach Matt Eberflus are of their first seasons with the staff, and so they’re working with a quarterback who they didn’t draft in Fields. Right now, they’re saying all the proper issues. They imagine in Fields. It’s arduous to not. Fields’ pure abilities stand out and he’s asserted himself as a pacesetter extra this offseason. But Fields additionally is predicted to take that subsequent step in his profession with out a lot assist round him and with a brand new offensive coordinator in Luke Getsy. Coming from the Kyle Shanahan/Sean McVay tree, Getsy is aware of an offensive system that seemingly transcends quarterbacks, however he’ll nonetheless be calling performs within the NFL for the primary time. Can Fields overcome all of the unknowns round him? — Adam Jahns

Cincinnati Bengals

Who is the beginning left guard?

The greatest query is that if/when Jessie Bates will present up after saying he has no intention to play on the franchise tag. But that’s not for the Bengals to reply. The most vital factor for the staff to handle is who will begin at left guard — 2021 second-round decide Jackson Carman, who had a less-than-inspiring rookie yr, or this yr’s fourth-rounder, Cordell Volson? The Bengals have apparent starters at 21 of twenty-two positions after making a dedication to upgrading the O-line with free brokers La’el Collins, Ted Karras and Alex Cappa. But if a reliable left guard doesn’t emerge from camp, it may derail the plan and contribute to a different yr of beatings for Joe Burrow. — Jay Morrison

Cleveland Browns

Who’s the quarterback?

It wouldn’t be truthful to say it’s the one place that issues, however in the whole lot from the late July observe scripts to the staff’s December ceiling, the Deshaun Watson uncertainty hangs over the Browns. The Browns imagine they’ve a playoff-quality roster and may be actual AFC contenders if Watson performs many of the season, however he’s dealing with the opportunity of a prolonged suspension for violating the NFL’s private conduct coverage. Jacoby Brissett is subsequent in line, and it’s arduous to think about the Browns being a playoff staff with Brissett taking part in all season. The Browns have the league’s greatest secure of operating backs and a (principally) confirmed offensive line to push the offense by means of transition intervals. Clearly, the extra transitions there are, the more durable it will likely be for the offense to actually discover its footing. The Browns are hoping for a solution quickly, and clearly they’re hoping Watson can play sooner or later in October or early November. — Zac Jackson

Dallas Cowboys

Did they make the proper investments within the offensive line?

The Cowboys determined to show the web page on their offensive line in fairly substantial style after they allowed Connor Williams to depart after which compelled La’el Collins to hunt employment elsewhere, too. No drawback. Roster churning occurs on a regular basis. But, the funding ranges on the replacements counsel this may very well be a really tough experience. All issues being equal, they in all probability ought to have stored Collins due to the dicey well being of Tyron Smith. Instead, that they had grown bored with his routine and can substitute him with Terence Steele, a participant they know is a downgrade but additionally considerably cheaper at proper sort out. Then, left guard will get what the Cowboys say is the long run left sort out in first-rounder Tyler Smith from Tulsa. They named him the starter earlier than he placed on his footwear, which is a Cowboys custom with their excessive picks. Meanwhile, heart is a query mark they didn’t even get to. How all of it matches collectively will decide a lot in 2022. — Bob Sturm

Denver Broncos

What does the offensive line appear like?

Garett Bolles, a second-team All-Pro in 2020, is entrenched at left sort out, however there are quite a few questions elsewhere because the Broncos put collectively the group tasked with defending Russell Wilson whereas changing into versed in new coach Nathaniel Hackett’s outside-zone scheme. Will Lloyd Cushenberry keep his beginning function at heart? Will Graham Glasgow, the veteran guard who missed the second half of final season with leg accidents, be able to reprise a beginning function in Week 1? Will Billy Turner, signed to a modest one-year deal in free company after taking part in for Hackett the previous three seasons in Green Bay, be the reply at proper sort out? That is only a sampling of the questions the Broncos should work out at camp. — Nick Kosmider

Detroit Lions

What ought to we make of the Lions’ secondary?

Jeff Okudah, chosen third general within the 2020 NFL Draft, is coming off an Achilles damage that worn out his sophomore season. Jerry Jacobs held his personal as an undrafted free agent nook final yr, however he’s coming off a torn ACL. Health has been a difficulty at nook. At security, there are unknowns behind Tracy Walker and DeShon Elliot. Can Kerby Joseph present depth as a rookie? Defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant will look to maximise what they’ve within the secondary. — Colton Pouncy

Green Bay Packers

How wholesome is David Bakhtiari?

There isn’t any storyline greater at Packers camp than the well being of Bakhtiari’s left knee. The greatest query the staff should reply is whether or not a) Bakhtiari’s knee is wholesome sufficient for him to play and b) whether or not he can nonetheless play at an All-Pro stage whereas defending Aaron Rodgers’ blindside. He was placed on the PUP list Saturday. An offensive line with out Elgton Jenkins for maybe the primary half of the season badly wants Bakhtiari again to his dominant self. — Matt Schneidman

Houston Texans

How will Derek Stingley Jr. and Jalen Pitre match Lovie Smith’s Tampa 2?

The Texans spent two of their three highest picks in 2022 draft — and prior to now three years — on Stingley, the highest nook off the board, and Pitre, the type of do-it-all defensive again who’s so vital in as we speak’s NFL. Stingley’s potential to be a lockdown man nook and Pitre’s versatile ability set ought to enhance a protection that allowed explosive go performs on the league’s fifth-highest charge final season (14.9 %). But as The Athletic’s Diante Lee writes, it’s truthful to wonder if Lovie Smith will modernize his Tampa-2 scheme to maximise these gamers’ talents. — Aaron Reiss

Indianapolis Colts

What occurs with left sort out, receiver depth and Darius Leonard’s well being?

The Colts — after an eventful offseason — have a flurry of inquiries to reply at Grand Park this August. You can begin on the left facet of the offensive line, the place Eric Fisher’s inconsistency final yr damage them. Will rookie Bernhard Raimann earn the beginning job? Or will incumbent Matt Pryor? And whomever it’s, will or not it’s adequate? What in regards to the extensive receiver depth? Outside of Michael Pittman Jr., the Colts have a bunch of questions, beginning with Parris Campbell’s incapacity to remain on the sphere and the dearth of NFL manufacturing from Dezmon Patmon and Michael Strachan (rookie Alec Pierce ought to assist). But my greatest concern facilities on the ankle, calf and back of star linebacker Darius Leonard, who had surgical procedure in June to hopefully alleviate the ache he’s been preventing by means of for nearly two years. Leonard’s arguably the Colts’ greatest participant, and with him wholesome, they’re AFC South favorites. The Maniac must get proper, and if he’s full-go for the Sept. 11 opener in Houston, the Colts can be a assured staff. — Zak Keefer


Colts exterior linebacker Darius Leonard was positioned on the PUP listing on Sunday. (Marc Lebryk / USA Today)

Jacksonville Jaguars

How rapidly can the defensive rookies make an affect?

As the Jaguars forge a brand new defensive identification below coordinator Mike Caldwell, they’ve two first-round phenoms to observe in edge Travon Walker and linebacker Devin Lloyd. Add in third-round linebacker Chad Muma and you could possibly have three affect rookies on protection, with late-round corners Gregory Junior and Montaric Brown extra possible to assist on particular groups. — Greg Auman

Kansas City Chiefs

Can the Chiefs belief rookies Trent McDuffie and George Karlaftis to be starters?

This offseason, Chiefs needed so as to add extra youth and athleticism on their protection. They used their two first-round picks on McDuffie, a nook, and Karlaftis, a defensive finish. Both gamers should be fast learners since coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has a historical past of not counting on rookies a lot. But the Chiefs will possible want each gamers to carry out nicely in camp and the preseason to assist solidify the unit for the reason that staff doesn’t have a super possibility on the depth chart behind the rookies. — Nate Taylor

Las Vegas Raiders

Can the Raiders discover 5 guys to provide Derek Carr time to fling the ball round?

They weren’t very proactive in making an attempt to improve the offensive line, giving swing sort out Brandon Parker a elevate and utilizing a third-round decide on guard/heart Dylan Parham. Right now, left sort out Kolton Miller is the one above-average starter and the brand new workers would like it if 2021 first-rounder Alex Leatherwood steadied himself and gained the proper sort out job from Parker. — Vic Tafur 

Los Angeles Chargers

How does the new-look protection match collectively?

The Chargers protection was a foul unit final season by just about each measure, and the purpose this offseason was so as to add extra confirmed expertise higher tailor-made for Brandon Staley’s scheme. They achieved that. But now there are a number of latest faces taking up vital roles in any respect three ranges of the protection — Khalil Mack on the sting, Austin Johnson and Sebastian Joseph-Day on the inside, J.C. Jackson and Bryce Callahan within the secondary, and Troy Reeder at linebacker. The expertise is actually there, however we have now to attend and see how that expertise coalesces. — Daniel Popper   

Los Angeles Rams

What ought to we make of the recalibrated offensive line?

Stalwart left sort out Andrew Whitworth retired, and the Rams parted methods with guard Austin Corbett in free company. Joe Noteboom will step into the large chair for the primary time, and there can be a contest for Corbett’s outdated spot between rookie third-round decide Logan Bruss, guard/heart Coleman Shelton and guard/sort out Tremayne Anchrum. Meanwhile, proper sort out Rob Havenstein figures to tackle a a lot bigger management function — and it’ll be wanted with out Whitworth. — Jourdan Rodrigue

Miami Dolphins

How will a new-look offensive line play out?

Terron Armstead is your left sort out, and it seems like Connor Williams steps in at heart, which leaves 4 excessive draft picks battling for 3 spots. Will or not it’s 2020 first-rounder Austin Jackson or 2020 second-rounder Robert Hunt at proper sort out? The odd man out is probably going beginning at one guard spot, with 2021 second-rounder Liam Eichenberg probably the opposite, although former beginning heart Michael Deiter may very well be in play as nicely. With new line coach Matt Applebaum in his first season as an NFL coach, it’s a vastly vital a part of Miami’s offensive success. — Greg Auman

Minnesota Vikings

How will the secondary look?

We know loads in regards to the Vikings’ offense, the place 10 starters return and new coach Kevin O’Connell seems to make sufficient tweaks to make it a top-five unit. But the protection is the large query for the Vikings, and extra particularly, the staff’s secondary is the difficulty that looms largest. It’s not clear but who will begin reverse Patrick Peterson at cornerback as Cam Dantzler and second-round decide Andrew Booth compete for that job. And it’s not clear who begins at security reverse Harrison Smith as first-round decide Lewis Cine competes with Cam Bynum, who’s coming off a formidable rookie yr. Plus, that unit must study a posh scheme run by Ed Donatell, Vic Fangio’s longtime right-hand man. Chad Graff

New England Patriots

Does Mac Jones have sufficient assist to make a second-year leap?

Jones had a robust rookie season and positively seems like he’s on monitor to be a franchise quarterback. But what occurs now that Josh McDaniels is in Las Vegas? Matt Patricia is predicted to be the offensive coordinator, even with out the official title, and Joe Judge is working proper alongside him to assist lead the offense. Neither has intensive expertise on that facet of the ball, although. They’ve taken some good steps to this point by tidying up the offensive lingo to get everybody on the identical web page, in order that’s good. It nonetheless stays unclear how or if the teaching adjustments will affect Jones’ improvement, which makes this crucial query to reply this summer season. Jeff Howe

New Orleans Saints

Are the offensive stars wholesome?

When the Saints concluded OTAs, Jameis Winston was nonetheless sporting a limp from his knee damage and extensive receiver Michael Thomas, who hasn’t performed for the reason that 2020 season on account of an ankle damage, was watching observe from the sidelines. The Saints badly want each gamers to be at full power when the season begins. Winston has been progressing quickly and took half in nearly all elements of observe this offseason, however Thomas will begin camp on the PUP list. If Thomas returns anyplace close to his 2019 type, the Saints actually have a shot to make some noise this yr. Katherine Terrell

New York Giants

Will the extensive receivers be wholesome?

The greatest query for the season is that if Daniel Jones can set up himself as a franchise quarterback. But to get a real evaluation, Jones wants a wholesome supporting forged. So it was discouraging to see prime extensive receivers Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney spend the spring on the sidelines. Those gamers have been out and in of the lineup final season, as nicely, and that prevented the offense from growing any rhythm. Jones wants reps to construct chemistry along with his prime playmakers in a brand new offense. — Dan Duggan

New York Jets

Can the rebuilt offensive line attain its potential?

The Jets invested vital sources in turning round their offensive line. They paid huge free-agent {dollars} to George Fant (left sort out), Connor McGovern (heart) and Laken Tomlinson (guard). They used first-round picks on Mekhi Becton (proper sort out) and Alijah Vera-Tucker (guard). The key now’s for all of these gamers to return collectively to construct a wall in entrance of Zach Wilson. On paper, the Jets have the potential to have probably the greatest strains within the NFL. The drawback: There are fairly just a few sturdiness issues with Fant and Becton (who each begin camp on the PUP listing) and little or no depth behind them. The Jets want to indicate their group can attain potential and keep on the sphere. — Connor Hughes

Philadelphia Eagles

How does Jalen Hurts look? 

Training camp’s managed setting will not be the perfect venue to judge Hurts as a quarterback, however the Eagles already know what he brings to the desk as a runner and scrambler. Where Hurts must take a step ahead from final season, at the least based mostly on what Nick Sirianni stated earlier within the offseason, is in his skill to ship the ball precisely and on time. The Eagles imagine Hurts is wired to hit his ceiling, no matter that ceiling could also be. If he’s able to enhancing rapidly as a passer, it could be good to see early returns. — Bo Wulf

Pittsburgh Steelers

Will Kenny Pickett get a shot to win the beginning quarterback job?

It would possibly sound like an odd query contemplating Ben Roethlisberger retired and the Steelers used the No. 20 decide on Pickett, but it surely’s removed from a certain factor. Actually, it simply could also be a protracted shot contemplating what we noticed at OTAs and minicamp this summer season. Pickett ran solely with the third staff behind free-agent signing Mitch Trubisky and inexperienced veteran Mason Rudolph, making it it an uphill climb throughout a truncated preseason so as to win the beginning job. The Steelers proceed to say it’s an open contest between the three, however with Rudolph in his free-agent yr and groups lately leaning towards beginning the season with a veteran relatively than a first-round decide at QB, it will likely be troublesome for Pickett to get the nod in Week 1. — Mark Kaboly

San Francisco 49ers

Can they defend Trey Lance?

The 49ers should show that they are often adept in go safety forward of Lance. This has been a difficulty for a number of seasons now, and the 49ers misplaced heart Alex Mack and left guard Laken Tomlinson over the offseason. The favorites to switch these two gamers within the beginning lineup are heart Jake Brendel and guard Aaron Banks. The 49ers want each to be strong, as a result of questions additionally prolong to extra of the O-line: Can Daniel Brunskill up his sport at proper guard? Will proper sort out Mike McGlinchey regain his outdated type coming off a torn quad damage in 2021? With damage points inevitable within the NFL, does this entrance have succesful depth? The 49ers’ offensive line will undergo a trial by hearth towards the staff’s vaunted D-line at camp — one which must be pivotal for San Francisco’s 2022 prospects. — David Lombardi

Seattle Seahawks

Who would be the beginning quarterback?

Does Drew Lock show he was greater than a throw-in as a part of the Russell Wilson commerce? Does Geno Smith show he’s higher than what he demonstrated in three video games backing up Wilson in 2021? Does Jim Zorn come out of retirement and hyperlink with Pete Carroll to type the oldest coach-quarterback tandem in NFL historical past? The latter state of affairs is a joke, clearly, however the level is that for the primary time in a decade, the Seahawks have a wide-open competitors at crucial place in soccer. Everything this summer season can be centered round determining a starter. Michael-Shawn Dugar 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Who’s the kicker?

Do the Bucs keep on with veteran Ryan Succop, who’s dependable however didn’t hit a discipline purpose longer than 48 yards final season? Or will they go along with younger Jose Borregales, who spent final yr on the observe squad and might kick from for much longer distances, however has by no means executed so in an NFL sport. That’s maybe the most important place battle left to be determined, with left guard (Aaron Stinnie versus rookie Luke Goedeke) as the following on the listing. — Greg Auman

Tennessee Titans

Will Jeffery Simmons get an extension, and does his camp participation rely on it?

Simmons and Mike Vrabel wouldn’t fairly come out and say that his on-field absence in minicamp was contract-related, but it surely was, and that is going to be a factor though Simmons has a yr left on his rookie deal adopted by the choice yr. He is arguably the perfect non-Donald defensive sort out within the league, he’s the important thing to what may very well be one of many NFL’s greatest entrance sevens and he’s a prime long-term precedence for the Titans. If Jon Robinson breaks precedent and goes to the desk, maybe he can get a deal that’s extra team-friendly in change for that early monetary safety. — Joe Rexrode

Washington Commanders

How will the protection rebound after final season’s collapse?

The items exist for a top-half-of-the-league protection, however issues exist in any respect three ranges — as does hope. There’s expertise galore on the road, however play-to-play self-discipline lacked on the sting and Chase Young’s return from ACL surgical procedure is unclear. Jamin Davis, a 2021 first-round decide, tasks to start out at linebacker after an underwhelming rookie season. The brutal third-down protection isn’t solely on the secondary, however miscommunication hampered that group that largely returned intact. — Ben Standig

(Illustration: Wes McCabe / The Athletic. Top images of DeAndre Hopkins and Baker Mayfield / Getty Images)



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