NFL team by team training camp preview

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The Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins already have opened their training camps. All other NFL teams do so by next weekend.

What key players did teams add? Subtract? Draft? And what are three most compelling questions for each club? Answers below in a quick-hit training-camp preview for all 32 teams:

AFC EAST

NEW ENGLAND – PATRIOTS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Friday, July 26
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Foxboro, Mass.
  • LAST SEASON: 12-4, AFC final
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: WR Danny Amendola, S Adrian Wilson
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: WR Aaron Dobson, LB Jamie Collins
  • KEY LOSSES: TE Aaron Hernandez, WR Wes Welker
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Can team put turmoil aside? Who besides Gronk (if he’s even healthy) will catch passes from Tom Brady? Will D finally stop being a liability?

MIAMI – DOLPHINS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Sunday, July 21
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Davie, Fla.
  • LAST SEASON: 7-9, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: WR Mike Wallace, LB Dannell Ellerbe
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS:  DE Dion Jordan
  • KEY LOSSES: LT Jake Long, RB Reggie Bush, CB Sean Smith
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Dolphins emptied the vault, but on the right players? Is Wallace ready to take on so important a role on this club? Will No. 3 overall pick Jordan help ex-CFLer Cameron Wake on pass rush?

BUFFALO – BILLS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Sunday, July 28
  • WHERE: St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, NY
  • LAST SEASON: 6-10, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: QB Kevin Kolb, OLB Manny Lawson
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: QB EJ Manuel, WRs Robert Brooks & Marquise Goodwin, LB Kiko Alonso
  • KEY LOSSES: G Andy Levitre
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Will Jairus Byrd hold out?
  • Will a starting QB emerge? Can defence live up to its talent?

NEW YORK – JETS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Friday, July 26
  • WHERE: State University of New York in Cortland, NY
  • LAST SEASON: 6-10, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: S Dawan Landry
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: QB Geno Smith, CB Dee Milliner, DT Sheldon Richardson
  • KEY LOSSES: CB Darrelle Revis, DT Sione Pouha, TE Dustin Keller
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Is QB Mark Sanchez as lame a duck as Rex Ryan? Can radically revamped defence come together quickly? Is Santonio Holmes toast?

AFC NORTH

BALTIMORE – RAVENS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Thursday, July 25
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Owings Mills, Md.
  • LAST SEASON: 10-6, Super Bowl champion
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: DE Elvis Dumervil, S Michael Huff, DT Chris Canty
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: S Matt Elam, LB Arthur Brown
  • KEY LOSSES: S Ed Reed, LB Ray Lewis, LB Dannell Ellerbe, DE Paul Kruger, CB Cary Williams
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Might defence actually be better as well as younger? Can QB Joe Flacco maintain super level? How much will Anquan Boldin’s loss hurt offence?

CINCINNATI – BENGALS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Thursday, July 25
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Cincinnati.
  • LAST SEASON: 10-6, AFC wildcard
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: LB James Harrison
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: TE Tyler Eifert, RB Giovani Bernard, DE Margus Hunt
  • KEY LOSSES: LB Manny Lawson
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Will Eifert quickly emerge as Andy Dalton’s second favourite target? Can Bernard provide a more dynamic run game? Can DT Geno Atkins repeat superstar season?

PITTSBURGH – STEELERS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Saturday, July 27
  • WHERE: Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.
  • LAST SEASON: 8-8, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: QB Bruce Gradkowski
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: LB Jarvis Jones, RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Markus Wheaton
  • KEY LOSSES: WR Mike Wallace, CB Keenan Lewis, LB James Harrison, RB Rashard Mendenhall
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Are the Steelers suddenly under-talented as well as too old on defence? Can rookie Bell ring in a decent running threat? How much will Wallace’s loss hurt?

CLEVELAND – BROWNS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Thursday, July 25
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Berea, Ohio.
  • LAST SEASON: 5-11, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: LB Paul Kruger, OLB Quentin Groves, QB Jason Campbell
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: DE Barkevious Mingo, DB Leon McFadden
  • KEY LOSSES: PK Phil Dawson, LB Kaluka Maiava, WR Mohamed Massaquoi
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Is QB Brandon Weeden a legit NFLer? Or will Campbell battle for the starter’s job? Is Mingo heavy enough to be an impact NFL pass rusher?

AFC SOUTH

HOUSTON – TEXANS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Friday, July 26
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Houston
  • LAST SEASON: 12-4, division champ
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: S Ed Reed
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: WR DeAndre Hopkins, DB D.J. Swearinger
  • KEY LOSSES: LB Connor Barwin
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Does team still believe in QB Matt Schaub? Can LB Brian Cushing return to all-pro level after knee surgery? Is Ed Reed too old to aid woeful secondary?

INDIANAPOLIS – COLTS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Sunday, July 28
  • WHERE: Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.
  • LAST SEASON: 11-5, AFC wildcard
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: RB Ahmad Bradshaw, S LaRon Landry, CB Greg Toler, G Donald Thomas, T Gosder Cherilus
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: DE Bjoern Werner
  • KEY LOSSES: OLB Dwight Freeney, WR Donnie Avery
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: How much better will QB Andrew Luck be in Year 2? Can OL pickups help protect him better? Is Bradshaw too injury prone to give Colts a better run game?

TENNESSEE – TITANS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Thursday, July 25
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Nashville
  • LAST SEASON: 6-10, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: G Andy Levitre, S Bernard Pollard, WR Kevin Walter, RB Shonn Greene, TE Delanie Walker
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: G Chance Warmack, WR Justin Hunter
  • KEY LOSSES: TE Jared Cook
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: With no Matt Hasselback behind him (just Ryan Fitzpatrick), can Jake Locker emerge as legit NFL QB? Will bolstered OL open more holes for Chris Johnson? How is NFL’s 27th rated defence going to improve?

JACKSONVILLE – JAGUARS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Friday, July 26
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Jacksonville
  • LAST SEASON: 2-14, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: CB Marcus Trufant, WR Mohamed Massaquoi
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: OT Luke Joeckel, ‘OW’ Denard Robinson
  • KEY LOSSES: CB Derek Cox, S Dawan Landry
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Who will make most of his last chance to start it NFL at QB, Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne? Can RB Maurice Jones-Drew return to all-pro form? How will Robinson’s official position designation — “OW” for offensive weapon — translate on the field?

AFC WEST

  • DENVER – BRONCOS
  • FIRST PRACTICE: Thursday, July 25
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Englewood, Colo.
  • LAST SEASON: 13-3, AFC #1 seed
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: WR Wes Welker, C Dan Koppen, LB Stewart Bradley, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB Quentin Jammer
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: DT Sylvester Williams, RB Montee Ball
  • KEY LOSSES: DE Elvis Dumervil, CB Tracy Porter, LB D.J. Williams
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: How much more effective does Welker’s presence make QB Peyton Manning? Which RB emerges: rookie Ball, second-year Ronnie Hillman or vet Knowshon Moreno? Can D overcome loss of Dumervil?

SAN DIEGO – CHARGERS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Thursday, July 25
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in San Diego.
  • LAST SEASON: 7-9, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: OLB Dwight Freeney, RB Danny Woodhead, CB Derek Cox, OT Max Starks
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: OT D.J. Fluker, LB Manti Te’o
  • KEY LOSSES: CB Quentin Jammer, G Louis Vasquez
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Can new OL better protect QB Phil Rivers? Will new head coach Mike McCoy maximize offensive talent here as he did as coordinator in Denver? Does Te’o have a real girlfriend yet?

OAKLAND – RAIDERS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Friday, July 26
  • WHERE: Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, Calif.
  • LAST SEASON: 4-12, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: QB Matt Flynn, WR Josh Cribbs, DB Charles Woodson
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: DB D.J. Hayden, OT Menelik Watson
  • KEY LOSSES: DT Desmond Bryant, DE Richard Seymour, QB Carson Palmer, TE Brandon Myers
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: If Matt Flynn isn’t an upgrade from Carson Palmer, then what? And who will Flynn throw to? Can cap-ravaged D stop anything?

KANSAS CITY – CHIEFS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Friday, July 26
  • WHERE: Missouri Western State U in St. Joseph, Mo.
  • LAST SEASON: 2-14, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: QB Alex Smith, WR Donnie Avery, CB Sean Smith, CB Dunta Robinson
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: OT Eric Fisher, TE Travis Kelce
  • KEY LOSSES: OT Eric Winston, CB Matt Cassel
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Is Smith a good enough match for new HC Andy Reid’s offence? With Brandon Flowers, will new CBs comprise one of NFL’s best secondaries? Is returning talent elsewhere on D way over-rated?

NFC EAST

WASHINGTON – REDSKINS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Thursday, July 25
  • WHERE: New practice facility in Richmond, Va.
  • LAST SEASON: 10-6, division champ
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: DE Darryl Tapp
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: DB David Amerson, TE Jordan Reed
  • KEY LOSSES: CB DeAngelo Hall, LB Lorenzo Alexander
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: When will RG3 return? If not by September, can backup Kirk Cousins win enough to keep Skins in playoff race? Can secondary be anything but a liability?

NEW YORK – GIANTS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Saturday, July 27
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in East Rutherford, N.J.
  • LAST SEASON: 9-7, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: DT Cullen Jenkins
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: OL Justin Pugh, DT Johnathan Hankins
  • KEY LOSSES: RB Ahmad Bradshaw, DT Chris Canty, DE Osi Umenyiora, TE Martellus Bennett
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Can QB Eli Manning and his star receivers get back into their 2011 groove? Can depleted front-7 find any swagger? Is David Wilson ready to start for the Giants at RB?

DALLAS – COWBOYS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Sunday, July 21
  • WHERE: City of Oxnard Fields in Oxnard, Calif.
  • LAST SEASON: 8-8, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: S Will Allen, LB Justin Durant
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: C Travis Frederick, TE Gavin Escobar
  • KEY LOSSES: RB Felix Jones
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: The OL was by far the worst unit on the team last year, and the addition of only a rookie centre is going to make it better? Will the change to a 4-3 defence help or hurt? Is pressure on head coach Jason Garrett already too much of a distraction?

PHILADELPHIA – EAGLES

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Friday, July 26
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Philadelphia
  • LAST SEASON: 4-12, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: CB Cary Williams, LB Connor Barwin, TE James Casey
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: OT Lane Johnson, TE Zach Ertz, QB Matt Barkley
  • KEY LOSSES: DT Cullen Jenkins, CB Nnamdi Asomugha, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Can new HC Chip Kelly implement enough of his hurry-up college spread to make it worthwhile and effective? Is Michael Vick or Nick Foles capable of running it? Is there enough talent on recently vaunted D to stop anybody?

NFC NORTH

GREEN BAY – PACKERS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Friday, July 26
  • WHERE: Saint Norbert College in De Pere, Wisc.
  • LAST SEASON: 11-5, division champ
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: None.
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: DE Datone Jones, RB Eddie Lacy, OT David Bakhtiari
  • KEY LOSSES: WR Greg Jennings, DB Charles Woodson
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: The defence let the Pack down for the second straight year in ’12, but is it any better? Can the rookie RB from Bama take pressure off QB Aaron Rodgers and pass game? Can Packers replace Jennings’ production?

MINNESOTA – VIKINGS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Friday, July 26
  • WHERE: Minnesota State U in Mankato, Minn.
  • LAST SEASON: 10-6, NFC wildcard
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: WR Greg Jennings, QB Matt Cassel
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: DT Sharrif Floyd, DB Xavier Rhodes, WR Cordarrelle Patterson
  • KEY LOSSES: WR Percy Harvin
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Will additions of Jennings and Patterson offset loss of Harvin? Will Cassel push QB Christian Ponder? How good can AP be when he’s NOT coming off ACL surgery?

CHICAGO – BEARS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Friday, July 26
  • WHERE: Olivet Nazarene U, in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • LAST SEASON: 10-6,  no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: G Matt Slauson, OT Jermon Bushrod, TE Martellus Bennett
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: G Kyle Long, LB Jon Bostic
  • KEY LOSSES: LB Brian Urlacher, DT Israel Idonije
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Can new HC Marc Trestman apply same winning magic he achieved in CFL with vet QB Anthony Calvillo and Montreal Alouettes? Can influx of O-linemen better protect QB Jay Cutler and open holes for RB Matt Forte? Under new coaching will defence be as aggressive and effective at forcing turnovers?

DETROIT – LIONS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Friday, July 26
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Allen Park, Mich.
  • LAST SEASON: 4-12, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: RB Reggie Bush, DT Israel Idonije, S Glover Quin
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: DE Ezekiel Ansah, DB Darius Slay, G Larry Warford
  • KEY LOSSES: DE Cliff Avril, OT Gosder Cherilus
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Will Reggie Bush finally provide running threat the Lions offence has sorely lacked? Can newly rewarded QB Matt Stafford be more consistent? Can acquisitions on DL and in secondary make defence respectable?

NFC SOUTH

ATLANTA – FALCONS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Thursday, July 25
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Flowery Branch, Ga.
  • LAST SEASON: 13-3, NFC final
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: RB Steven Jackson, DE Osi Umenyiora
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: CB Desmond Trufant, DB Robert Alford
  • KEY LOSSES: RB Michael Turner, LB John Abraham, CB Dunta Robinson, CB Brent Grimes, C Todd McClure
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Can Jackson at RB make this offence the best in the NFL? Will Umenyiora, 31, be an upgrade over Abraham, 35, as pass rusher? Will youth movement in secondary jeopardize or improve Super Bowl chances?

CAROLINA – PANTHERS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Friday, July 26
  • WHERE: Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.
  • LAST SEASON: 7-9, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: CB D.J. Moore
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: DTs Star Lotulelei & Kawann Short
  • KEY LOSSES: CB Chris Gamble
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Will head QB Cam Newton run more or fewer read-option plays in Mike Shula’s new up-tempo offence? Is there enough talent surrounding Newton to make Panthers offence consistently dangerous? Can stud rookie DTs make under-rated Panther D formidable?

NEW ORLEANS – SAINTS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Friday, July 26
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Metairie, La.
  • LAST SEASON: 7-9, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: CB Keenan Lewis
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: DB Kenny Vaccaro, OT Terron Armstead
  • KEY LOSSES: OT Jermon Bushrod
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Can head coach Sean Payton’s return from suspension bring swagger back to the swamp? Can switch to 3-4 defence under Rob Ryan get more out of this defensive crew? After another good O-lineman’s departure, is QB Drew Brees vulnerable?

TAMPA BAY – BUCCANEERS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Thursday, July 25
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Tampa, Fla.
  • LAST SEASON: 7-9, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: CB Darrelle Revis, S Dashon Goldson, CB E.J. Biggers
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: DB Johnthan Banks, QB Mike Glennon, DT Akeem Spence
  • KEY LOSSES: DE Michael Bennett
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Can Revis return to superstar status? If so, will this secondary be as good on field as on paper? If rookie QB Mike Glennon looks good, does heat increase on Josh Freeman?

NFC WEST

SAN FRANCISCO – 49ers

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Thursday, July 25
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Santa Clara, Calif.
  • LAST SEASON: 11-4-1, Super Bowl runner-up
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: WR Anquan Boldin, CB Nnamdi Asomugha, PK Phil Dawson
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: S Eric Reid, DE Cornellius Carradine, TE Vance McDonald
  • KEY LOSSES: S Dashon Goldson, QB Alex Smith, WR Michael Crabtree (if torn Achilles keeps him out all year), TE Delanie Walker
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Is QB Colin Kaepernick ready to become a superstar in first full year at the helm? How much will Goldson’s departure hurt secondary? Is Boldin’s addition via trade enough to overcome loss of Crabtree?

SEATTLE – SEAHAWKS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Thursday, July 25
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Renton, Wash.
  • LAST SEASON: 11-5, NFC wildcard
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: WR Percy Harvin, DE Cliff Avril, DE Michael Bennett, CB Antoine Winfield
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: RB Christine Michael, DT Jordan Hill, WR Chris Harper
  • KEY LOSSES: CB Marcus Trufant, QB Matt Flynn
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Will new pass-rush duo compel head coach Pete Carroll to install a more aggressive defence? Harvin surely will add missing dynamism at WR, but will he be a bad locker-room influence? How much can QB Russell Wilson improve in Year 2?

ST. LOUIS – RAMS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Thursday, July 25
  • WHERE: Home practice facility in Earth City, Mo.
  • LAST SEASON: 7-8-1, no playoffs
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: LT Jake Long, TE Jared Cook
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: WR Tavon Austin, LB Alec Ogletree, DB T.J. McDonald
  • KEY LOSSES: RB Steven Jackson, WR Danny Amendola
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: With better backside protection (ie, Long), will QB Sam Bradford finally turn the corner? Can Austin, the top WR taken in the draft, dazzle as he did in college? Will Daryl Richardson and other RBs ably replace Jackson?

ARIZONA – CARDINALS

  • FIRST PRACTICE: Friday, July 26
  • WHERE: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
  • LAST SEASON: 5-11
  • KEY VETERAN PICKUPS: QB Carson Palmer, RB Rashard Mendenhall
  • KEY DRAFT PICKS: G Jonathan Cooper, LB Kevin Minter, DB Tyrann Mathieu
  • KEY LOSSES: QB Kevin Kolb, LB Quentin Groves, S Adrian Wilson
  • COMPELLING CAMP QUESTIONS: Will defence be as disruptive without uber-aggressive coordinator Ray Horton, now in Cleveland? Can new head coach and pass-game expert Bruce Arians win with Palmer? Can LSU college bud Patrick Peterson keep troubled “Honey Badger” Mathieu on right path?

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