One of the best and most comprehensive features we do every year is our Footballguys Training Camp Updates. Every week in August, our Bob Henry and his team of Footballguys Staffers cover every player that matters from every NFL team. It's incredible and frankly, probably worth the price of the Footballguys Season Long Pro subscription just by itself. Each edition is almost 40 pages long.
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- Cardinals offense plans on running at an even faster pace. This benefits Kyler Murray, Kenyan Drake, DeAndre Hopkins, and Christian Kirk.
- Running back Kenyan Drake is motivated as he is looking for a long-term contract.
- Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is impressed with Kyler Murray's arm strength.
- Tight end Dan Arnold is looking to lock up the starting tight end position and is a potential breakout candidate.
- Linebacker Chandler Jones has his sights set on the NFL single-season sack record.
- Todd Gurley will have his reps monitored so expect Brian Hill, who has impressed Dan Quinn and teammates alike, to earn a contributing role with responsibilities similar to Gurley.
- With Austin Hooper gone, expect Calvin Ridley to earn a bigger share of targets despite the addition of the athletic Hayden Hurst.
- Hurst is the most athletic tight end that Matt Ryan has played with but his blocking isn't on par with Hooper and could mean a slightly lower ceiling.
- Dante Fowler Jr is shooting for a double-digit sack campaign after making a jump in 2019 with learning how to become a professional under the tutelage of Aaron Donald and Eric Weddle.
- A.J. Terrell has learned the defensive scheme well enough that he will see significant playing time in 2020.
- Quarterback Lamar Jackson has been focusing on out-breaking routes and deep ball accuracy this offseason.
- Running back Mark Ingram II has taken fellow rusher, J.K. Dobbins, under his wing and been mentoring him despite the threat of competition from Dobbins.
- Wide receiver Marquise Brown added 23 pounds of muscle this offseason and has been working with Jackson in unofficial workouts.
- Tight end Mark Andrews remains committed to playing this season despite having Type 1 Diabetes. He did not opt out and will play this season.
- With a strong group around him, the Bills are hoping QB Josh Allen will improve further and establish himself as a long-term starter.
- Devin Singletary remains the lead running back but rookie Zack Moss also figures to play regularly in a complementary role.
- Stefon Diggs provides a huge upgrade outside and gives the Bills with one of the strongest receiver groups in the league.
- Dawson Knox is a fantasy sleeper who could be in for a breakout year if he can cut back on drops and inconsistency.
- The defense remains largely intact from last year and should finish among the best groups in the league.
- Teddy Bridgewater, though the definite starting quarterback, is out to show that he can be the franchise star, while Will Grier and P. J. Walker battle for the backup spot.
- Wide receiver D. J. Moore is focusing on building rapport with his new quarterback and building on the improvements Moore made last year.
- With Greg Olsen gone, the weight of responsibility in the tight end role falls on Ian Thomas, who has earned Bridgewater's respect.
- With so many players leaving the Panthers defense in free agency, there are quite a few battles to watch during the preseason, most notably at cornerback, defensive tackle, and safety.
- The main storyline here will be the quarterback competition between Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles, with Trubisky likely having an early edge.
- The running game is a focus area after a dismal 2019 season, but David Montgomery has very little competition and should remain a feature back.
- At receiver, Allen Robison needs a contract extension while Anthony Miller remains a strong third-year breakout candidate.
- The tight end position was completely rebuilt as Jimmy Graham figures to provide a bridge option until rookie Cole Kmet is ready to take over.
- The defense lost several key starters but should get a boost from the addition of OLB Robert Quinn and return to health of DE Akiem Hicks.
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