‘Tis the season that we’ve all been waiting for. Football is back. It’s only training camp, but most NFL fans have been waiting for this week for the past month. After the NFL Draft, free agency and OTAs, there finally seems like an “offseason” in the NFL.
Training camp is the beginning for every team, coach and player. Coaches on the hot seat set the tone trying to save their jobs. Players are fighting to ultimately make the final 53-man roster. But I’m here to give you my top 3 stories leading into training camp for the entire NFL.
Story #3: Who is running with the first team offense as quarterback for the New York J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets?
According to reports, Geno Smith is the quarterback for the Jets, but I won’t rule out Ryan Fitzpatrick returning and tossing the pigskin to his buddies Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Everyone remembers Smith as a below-average QB for the Jets that threw 21 interceptions as a rookie. But before he was robbed of his starting spot by a right hand from IK Enemkpali, he and Fitzpatrick were battling for the starting spot. Let Smith gain some momentum in camp, Fitz re-signs, then we’ll have a nice position battle at the most important spot in the NFL.
Story #2: What will the Browns do with Josh Gordon once reinstated?
Josh Gordon met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about his reinstatement, but he cannot officially be reinstated until August 1, contingent on passing a drug test. Unfortunately, a task so easy can be made very difficult by Gordon. During his second season, Gordon reeled in 87 receptions for a league-leading 1,646 yards and 9 touchdowns. If he does officially become reinstated, it will be interesting to see what the Cleveland Browns decide to do with Gordon. Having drafted wide receivers Corey Coleman (R1), Ricardo Louis (R4), Seth DeVale (R4), Jordan Payton (R5) and Rashard Higgins (R5), the Browns, who are now under new head coach Hue Jackson, are trying to quickly rebuild with new and young talent, and could understandably not want the distraction that Gordon brings. Do they trade Gordon for draft picks or hold onto the very productive but always suspended wide-out?
Story #1: Will the league’s best defensive player, J.J. Watt, be ready for week one of the regular season?
J.J. Watt has reportedly undergone back surgery for the second time in a one-year span to repair a herniated disc. My message to Watt… take your time, recover fully, and come back when your closest to 100%. You can’t make the playoffs in September, but the Texans sure as hell won’t make the playoffs if Watt isn’t playing in December.
Training camp is finally here. Sit back, enjoy the heat, pads cracking and most likely the fists flying within the first week of camp. Football is back!
Graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a major in Journalism and a minor in Advertising. Huge football junkie that enjoys reading and writing about college and professional football. Currently resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin.