As training camp rolls on and the preseason begins in earnest, we are finally accumulating data points after seven months in the low-information zone. Some things are clear. Mitch Trubisky and Marcus Mariota will keep their rookie challengers at bay, for instance. Other places, not so much. With three games and several weeks of summer practices still on tap, here are 10 situations where we hope to gain further clarity between now and September.
The Packers’ Receiver Corps
Christian Watson hasn’t practiced this summer. Aaron Rodgers is calling Allen Lazard the No. 1. 6-foot-2, fourth-round rookie Romeo Doubs is making highlight-reel plays every day. Confusing enough for you? It’s the kind of situation the preseason is made for, only Rodgers doesn’t even think the preseason is the best place to sort it out. Rodgers believes the tough questions are answered on the practice field, and the practice field is always something of a black box for fans and reporters. What we do know is, trends matter. Anyone can have one good practice. But a summer full of them? Pay attention if the Doubs reviews remain glowing through the end of the month. We also know Watson can’t put a move on anybody if he’s not on the field, and if you’re not on the field with Rodgers, you aren’t getting foot in the door in this complex offense. It is an imperfect weapon, but parsing the training camp notebooks will be our best bet with this remade receiver group.
The Ravens’ Backfield
There is a perception that knee rehab is easy in the modern age. And yet, J.K. Dobbins needed 345 days to finally get cleared for individual drills. That leaves him 34 days to get ready for Week 1. Is that enough time for a third-year pro with 152 career touches to convince one of the league’s savviest coaching staffs that he should be the clear-cut lead back? Complicating matters is that would-be backup plan Gus Edwards (knee) is “probably doubtful” for Week 1. The Ravens issued a backfield vote of confidence when…
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Publish date : 2022-08-12 04:31:28
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