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Training Camp 2016 Tier Rankings: Week 4

Our Ari Ingel provides his 2016 updated tier rankings four weeks into training camp.  

Here are my final tier rankings of the pre-season (Updated August 31, 2016 - 11pm)

When I draft, I always have a tier sheet handy. I find that organizing players by tiers is far more beneficial than merely ranking players. I could rank Odell Beckham Jr. over Julio Jones, but it is impossible to truly predict who will finish better between the two of them.  Maybe Jones has fifty more yards on the season than Beckham, or maybe Beckham has one more touchdown. Who knows, but I do know that both should finish better than a guy like Mike Evans. 

QUARTERBACK TIERS

Tier 1

Aaron Rodgers, Packers – Injuries to his wide receivers and Fat Eddie killed him. “Fat Eddie” is now “In Shape Eddie” plus Jordy Nelson is back. The addition of Jared Cook could possibly help as well. Remember, in 2014 he threw for 4,381 yards and 38 TDs, adding 269 yards and 2 TDs on the ground.  He put up even bigger numbers in 2012 and 2011.  If he falls to the 5th round, he’s worth every penny. 

Cam Newton, Panthers – Dominated last season with a pathetic wide receiver core. This year he gets back Kelvin Benjamin, plus Devin Funchess will be in his second year and is flashing this pre-season. There is a reason Jonathan Stewart scores so few touchdowns ... Cam. 

Drew Brees, Saints  - As sure a thing as there is at the QB position and has never finished outside of the top 5 since joining the Saints. The additions of Michael Thomas and Coby Fleener, plus the development of Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead will help ensure Brees is a top option once again. 

Russell Wilson, Seahawks – Showed last year that he can have success as a pocket passer. He will have even better weapons available to him this season and while attempts won't increase, what he does with them should be even better and has a great floor running the ball.