MASSIVE TRAINING CAMP PREVIEW: Here’s the main storyline in training camp for every NFL team in 2016. From Jimmy Garoppolo to Blaine Gabbert, here’s the most intriguing thing to watch for all 32 teams in training camp.
THE JETS HAVE A QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick agreed to a one-year, $12 million deal with the Jets. It’s over! And so is the Jets’ quarterback competition. All it took was an ultimatum!
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After a season littered with turmoil, all eyes in Dolphins training camp this month will be on new head coach Adam Gase. More specifically, if Gase can help take quarterback Ryan Tannehill to the next level.
Despite a tumultuous 2015 campaign, Miami’s ownership reportedly still backs Tannehill, who received a $96 million contract extension last year. His Kayvon Webster Authentic Womens Jersey performance will likely depend on the development of the Dolphins’ young receiving corps, which appears to be a point of focus for the team.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Dolphins training camp without a number of new additions joining the fray. They brought in Mario Williams to help replace the departed Olivier Vernon on the defensive line and took fliers on Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. Miami is still remaking its roster this month, signing veteran running back Arian Foster to a one-year deal in order to help a backfield that finished 23rd in the league in rushing.
For the first time in years, the Patriots’ biggest question mark heading into training camp revolves around the quarterback position. With Tom Brady announcing he will no longer appeal his four-game DeflateGate suspension, Jimmy Garoppolo is slated to stand under center for the first quarter of the schedule.
It will be fascinating to see how the Patriots dole out reps between Brady and Garoppolo. Though conventional wisdom says Garoppolo, 24, should receive most of the practice time with the first unit, Brady will also have to get himself acclimated with newcomers Martellus Bennett and Chris Hogan. Given the complexity of the Patriots’ offense — and Brady’s competitive nature — he may demand equal time.
Though Garoppolo’s performance will likely be the headline after every preseason game, the remade defensive line must prove it can withstand the losses of Chandler Jones and Dominique Easley, who were traded and released this offseason, respectively. Bill Belichick brought in veterans Chris Long and Terrance Knighton to help fill the void.
It wouldn’t be a Jets training camp without a suffocating controversy hovering over the team. But this year it was settled shortly, with Fitzpatrick re-signing Wednesday.
With the veteran Fitzpatrick back in the mix, the Jets can count on having a potent offense once again. Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker combined for the most touchdown receptions among teammates in Jets history last year, and Matt Forte gives them an additional weapon (his 4802 receiving yards rank second among NFL running backs since 2008).
The Jets were also able to bring back Muhammad Wilkerson with an $86 million extension, which is the kind of deal you get when you record 12 sacks in a season. His presence will be crucial on a defensive line that must replace departed nose tackle Damon Harrison, who inked a $46.2 million deal with the New York Giants in free agency.