Because the NFL preseason schedule hits full throttle this week, heated place battles for all 32 groups will probably be determined in video games and coaching camp as kickoff for the 2022 season attracts close to.
Among the competitions can have big implications for fantasy soccer followers — particularly the undecided QB battles.
The Carolina Panthers have an open quarterback competitors between Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold. The Pittsburgh Steelers count on Mitch Trubisky to open the season as QB1, however he could possibly be pushed by Mason Rudolph and first-round choice Kenny Pickett.
The New England Patriots, New York Jets, Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals have attention-grabbing cornerback competitions brewing, and the Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs are attempting to find out the pecking order at working again.
For the Buffalo Payments and Philadelphia Eagles, the battles for positions behind their high two receivers are heating up.
NFL Nation reporters break down the largest competitions in coaching camp for all 32 groups.
ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN
CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND
JAX | KC | LAC | LAR | LV | MIA | MIN
NE | NO | NYG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF
SEA | TB | TEN | WSH
After large receiver Cole Beasley was launched this offseason, Isaiah McKenzie has emerged because the main candidate to take his spot at slot receiver. Free agent addition Jamison Crowder missed a good portion of camp with a lower-extremity subject, which leaves him behind within the battle. He should impress for the remainder of camp and the preseason to maintain up with McKenzie. — Alaina Getzenberg
It is tough to name this a battle, as a result of carries will probably be break up within the Dolphins’ crowded backfield it doesn’t matter what. The “battle” is for the lion’s share of reps between Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert and Sony Michel — with Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed and ZaQuandre White all combating for a roster spot. Proper now, it seems to be in that order, however the preseason video games will provide a clearer view of the pecking order. — Marcel Louis-Jacques
With J.C. Jackson now a Charger, there’s a notable gap reverse Jalen Mills. Veteran Terrance Mitchell has persistently been the highest possibility in coaching camp, with Malcolm Butler working behind him. Rookie Jack Jones (fourth spherical, Arizona State) has the best upside, however has but to emerge. — Mike Reiss
Technically, it is nonetheless a battle as a result of Bryce Corridor, the incumbent, and rookie Sauce Gardner have been rotating days with the beginning unit. It will be an upset if Gardner, drafted fourth total, is not beginning reverse D.J. Reed in Week 1. Gardner is having a comparatively quiet camp, which is not a foul factor for a nook. As soon as he proves he is bodily sufficient to carry up in opposition to the run, the job will probably be his. — Wealthy Cimini
Ben Powers, who’s extra constant than Tyre Phillips, has taken the early lead on this battle. Phillips, who’s faster and has extra upside, must outplay Powers within the preseason to unseat him. Ben Cleveland, a third-round decide from a yr in the past, is now thought-about a protracted shot after lacking the primary week of camp as a result of he failed the conditioning check. — Jamison Hensley
The Bengals want to solidify a revamped offensive line that may function 4 new starters. The teaching workers has but to call second-year participant Jackson Carman the winner in a battle that features rookie Cordell Volson. Nevertheless, Carman has dominated the first-team reps and seems to have the within observe. — Ben Child
Defensive deal with
The Browns’ total defensive deal with rotation is generally comprised of unproven gamers, creating an intense battle. Veterans Taven Bryan and Sheldon Day will probably be combating younger gamers Jordan Elliott, Tommy Togiai and rookie Perrion Winfrey for time. Relying on how the battle shakes out, the Browns might add one other veteran throughout camp to assist solidify the place. — Jake Trotter
Daniel Dopp and Mike Clay talk about how they view the Steelers QBs’ struggles in camp.
Mitch Trubisky is listed because the starter on the primary depth chart launched by the Steelers. He has taken virtually all the first-team reps by the primary two weeks of coaching camp and has proven enchancment in latest days. Even so, Mason Rudolph has appeared sharp, suggesting the space between the 2 is not that nice. After a tough begin, first-round decide Kenny Pickett is enjoying higher, too, although he nonetheless seems to be third behind the veterans. — Brooke Pryor
The working again room is improved in comparison with final season’s group that ranked final in speeding yards per recreation (83.6). Former Colt Marlon Mack has flashed glimpses of his previous self (he rushed for 1,091 yards in 2019 earlier than injuring his proper Achilles in 2020, which worn out nearly all of his 2021 season). Fourth-rounder Dameon Pierce has been probably the most dynamic again in camp as his quickness by the holes has produced extra explosive performs. Rex Burkhead has been probably the most constant total, exhibiting the power to run, catch and block. — D.J. Bien-Aime
Left deal with
The Colts moved on from veteran Eric Fisher, leaving Matt Pryor and Bernhard Raimann to battle for this spot. Neither is a perfect candidate — Pryor has by no means been a full-time left deal with and Raimann is a rookie — however Pryor is getting the first-team reps and has held up tremendous whereas Raimann is off to a little bit of a gradual begin. Pryor is not almost as agile because the bodily gifted Raimann, however at 6-foot-7 and 332 kilos, he definitely possesses energy. — Stephen Holder
Proper deal with
Incumbent Jawaan Taylor, who’s within the closing yr of his rookie contract, is attempting to carry off Walker Little, a second-year participant. Little, a second-round decide in 2021, was a left deal with in school and was moved to proper deal with solely this spring. Taylor has allowed 40 sacks in 49 video games and the Jaguars hope new OL coach Phil Rauscher can get extra out of him. Nevertheless, Taylor has been battling a hamstring harm suffered early in camp, so Little has gotten all the first-team reps. Taylor is predicted again quickly. — Mike DiRocco
Proper deal with
The Titans have used three excessive draft picks prior to now three years to deal with proper deal with. They thought it was secured after they used a first-round decide on Isaiah Wilson, however he is not on an NFL roster after two seasons. Now 2021 second-round decide Dillon Radunz and 2022 third-round decide Nicholas Petit-Frere are battling for the job. Coach Mike Vrabel needs to guage each gamers in opposition to equal competitors, in order that they have taken turns working with the starters. — Turron Davenport
Each guard spots on a revamped offensive line stay open as coaching camp heads into its third week. Dalton Risner has taken many of the snaps with the starters at left guard and, at the least for the time being, seems to have edged his strategy to the highest of the depth chart. Quinn Meinerz and Netane Muti have break up nearly all of the snaps at proper guard. Graham Glasgow, who took a pay minimize within the offseason after battling accidents and COVID-19 final season, is probably the most skilled participant within the group and has the power to play guard or middle. Nevertheless, he has spent a lot of his time with the second-team offense. — Jeff Legwold
Clyde Edwards-Helaire is RB1, however he missed important time with accidents in every of the previous two seasons, so figuring out the highest reserves is excessive on the Chiefs’ to-do checklist. Ronald Jones has been the No. 2 again for a lot of camp, however the Chiefs are additionally giving lengthy appears to be like to Jerick McKinnon, Derrick Gore and rookie Isiah Pacheco. Do not be stunned if the Chiefs preserve 4 working backs as that is the deepest group they’ve had in years. — Adam Teicher
Proper deal with
Brandon Parker, who had been working with the first-team offense at proper deal with all through camp, began at left deal with instead of the resting Kolton Miller within the Corridor of Fame Sport on Thursday night time. And Alex Leatherwood, final yr’s first-round decide who was moved inside to proper guard after simply 4 video games, acquired the beginning at proper deal with. Leatherwood didn’t embarrass himself, however Parker struggled, giving up a pair of sacks. Requested if Parker enjoying a unique place may need been a part of the issue, coach Josh McDaniels bristled, saying that may’t be a part of the issue. However with greater than $25 million in cap area, would possibly Las Vegas be out there for a extra established vet at proper deal with? Keep tuned. — Paul Gutierrez
Proper deal with
It is an open competitors at proper deal with, the place Trey Pipkins and Storm Norton are alternating reps with the starters. “I am actually happy with each of them proper now,” offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi mentioned after 9 practices, together with three in pads. “We’ll see the way it falls out.” The Chargers spent a first-round decide the previous two years on offensive linemen — Professional Bowl left deal with Rashawn Slater (2021) and rookie proper guard Zion Johnson (2022) — leaving proper deal with as the one place that is still a query going into the season as Corey Linsley returns at middle and Matt Feiler at left guard. Norton began 15 video games at proper deal with final season and Pipkins began one. — Lindsey Thiry
Rookie Tyler Smith and Connor McGovern have break up reps with the primary group for the reason that opening follow, however the feeling is Smith, the first-round decide, will ultimately take over full time. The Cowboys referred to as him a “left-sided participant” after they took him at No. 24 total with a watch on him being the left deal with of the long run. In camp, he has solely performed left guard. His energy is noticeable and he has to date been penalty-free, which was a difficulty at Tulsa. McGovern has additionally accomplished properly and can be robust, however he’s combating a first-rounder and the first-rounder usually wins when all issues are equal. — Todd Archer
There is not a lot of a contest proper now, as a result of Ricky Seals-Jones has been sidelined by an undisclosed harm most of camp. That places Daniel Bellinger in place to start out and be the Giants’ major tight finish. The rookie fourth-round decide hasn’t precisely lit it up this summer time, however for the time being he isn’t going through a lot competitors. It is one thing to look at as coaching camp winds down. Do the Giants add a veteran to this combine? — Jordan Raanan
A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith relaxation securely on the high of the depth chart. From there, it will get attention-grabbing. A lot of the intrigue revolves round Jalen Reagor, the previous first-round decide (2020) who’s “battling for a spot” on the group, in accordance with coach Nick Sirianni. With Smith coping with a groin pressure, Reagor has gotten some work with the primary group and has had a number of good moments in camp. With Brown, Smith, Quez Watkins and Zach Pascal anticipated to make the group, Reagor is combating for positioning together with Greg Ward and rookie Britain Covey. — Tim McManus
Washington used Landon Collins in its three-safety bundle final season, however he’s unsigned and the Commanders must fill that position alongside starters Kamren Curl and Bobby McCain. Second-year security Darrick Forrest has performed properly in camp after lacking most of final summer time with a hamstring harm. He has been bodily and fast to the ball. Rookie Percy Butler and veteran Jeremy Reaves are also getting appears to be like. Washington might additionally go for a conventional nickelback, with nook Benjamin St-Juste enjoying within the slot. He, too, has appeared good this summer time. — John Keim
Offensive deal with
Assuming Lucas Patrick can return for Week 1 after struggling a hand harm that requires surgical procedure, the Bears doubtless have their middle (Patrick), left guard (Cody Whitehair) and proper guard (Michael Schofield) spots found out. The deal with spots additionally look nearer to being settled. Rookie fifth-rounder Braxton Jones has taken almost all of the reps at left deal with throughout the second week of camp. Riley Reiff and Larry Borom have break up reps at proper deal with the previous week, although Reiff’s veteran expertise might win out (and he might nonetheless see reps at left deal with, in accordance with coordinator Luke Getsy). It looks like Teven Jenkins has a protracted strategy to go to get first-team reps after lacking seven consecutive practices with an undisclosed harm, regardless of coaches saying they count on him to compete for a beginning spot at left or proper deal with. — Courtney Cronin
Throughout coaching camp, defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn declared an open competitors between Jeff Okudah and Will Harris for one exterior cornerback spot. It is an attention-grabbing battle as a result of Okudah, the third total decide in 2020, is coming off a season-ending Achilles harm and has simply 10 complete video games performed getting into his third season whereas Harris is transitioning from security. They’re each extremely motivated to show themselves. “Earlier than we began follow, I referred to as each of these guys on the identical time and simply informed them here is the deal, ‘Are you guys going to compete?’ They stay up for it they usually had been open to seeing what the competitors goes to be about,” Glenn mentioned. Could the perfect man win. — Eric Woodyard
Whereas a lot of the eye has been on the receiver depth chart now that Davante Adams is gone, the O-line state of affairs is likely to be extra crucial. And it is much less of a battle and extra about who is likely to be obtainable. If the Packers are with out their two finest linemen — David Bakhtiari (knee) and Elgton Jenkins (knee) — then it is nonetheless undecided who replaces them. The Packers have tried numerous mixtures of Jake Hanson, Royce Newman, third-round decide Sean Rhyan and fourth-rounder Zach Tom on the two right-side positions. Whereas Yosh Nijman has performed largely at Bakhtiari’s left deal with spot, he might transfer to proper deal with if Bakhtiari is prepared for the opener and Jenkins is just not. — Rob Demovsky
Lewis Cine was the No. 32 total decide of the draft, a spot that may produce fast starters, and there was a gap ever since veteran Xavier Woods departed by way of free company. However by the primary two weeks of camp, the Vikings haven’t pushed Cine forward of second-player Camryn Bynum. Whereas Cine has carried out properly, and his hitting capability has been on show since full pads got here on, Bynum has taken many of the first-team reps alongside Harrison Smith. — Kevin Seifert
That is in all probability the one true 50-50 roster battle left amongst starters in Falcons coaching camp. Drew Dalman and Matt Hennessy have been splitting reps with the primary group by the day and coach Arthur Smith is open to taking the competitors so long as he must. Dalman was a fourth-round decide final yr and Hennessy was the starter at middle all through 2021. — Michael Rothstein
Most groups know who their beginning quarterbacks are getting into camp. Not the Panthers. They’ve an “open” competitors between Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold, the Nos. 1 and three picks, respectively, from the 2018 draft. Neither has created separation up to now, and coach Matt Rhule would not count on to decide till someday after the Aug. 19 preseason recreation in opposition to New England. Mayfield is the fan favourite judging by cheers in follow, however the consequence will probably be decided by manufacturing in preseason video games. Mayfield’s edge is he has had some success, main Cleveland to an 11-5 file and a playoff win in 2020. Darnold has but to steer a group to the playoffs. — David Newton
Left deal with
Coach Dennis Allen mentioned veteran James Hurst is the present starter at left deal with following the departure of Terron Armstead in free company, however the Saints aren’t more likely to preserve first-round decide Trevor Penning on the sidelines very lengthy. Penning and Hurst are rotating within the left deal with spot, nevertheless it’s doubtless Penning will probably be given each alternative to be the Week 1 starter. — Katherine Terrell
Inside offensive line
With beginning middle Ryan Jensen out for a major time period (probably the whole season) and Alex Cappa and Ali Marpet gone, the Bucs’ inside offensive line will get a complete overhaul in 2022. Shaq Mason will seize the appropriate guard place, however middle and left guard haven’t been crammed. Rookie Luke Goedeke, Aaron Stinnie and Nick Leverett are difficult for the left guard spot, whereas Leverett and Robert Hainsey, a third-round decide in 2021, are competing to exchange Jensen. — Jenna Laine
This a lot is thought about Arizona’s corners: Byron Murphy Jr. is the popular slot nook. He can play exterior when wanted, however coach Kliff Kingsbury likes him inside. That leaves the 2 exterior nook positions basically up for grabs. Kingsbury needs Marco Wilson to be an every-down starter, however mentioned the jury remains to be out, regardless of him getting important reps final season. That leaves a battle for the opposite spot between rookie Christian Matthew, Antonio Hamilton, Josh Jackson and Breon Borders with Jace Whittaker making a push. The competitors could possibly be settled if Arizona brings in a veteran, however for now, camp will resolve who the 2 exterior corners are when Arizona performs formations with three or extra cornerbacks. — Josh Weinfuss
The Rams used their first 2022 draft decide (No. 104 total) on Logan Bruss, however coach Sean McVay mentioned the group is “actually going to open it up and attempt to see what it appears to be like like to seek out who’s going to be that fifth participant” on the offensive line. Early in coaching camp, he mentioned Coleman Shelton was getting reps at proper guard and middle as a result of he thinks the fourth-year participant can “begin at any of the three inside spots and carry out at a excessive stage.” McVay mentioned he has been “inspired” by Bruss’ progress, however that the Rams have “a protracted strategy to go till we’ve to make these forms of selections.” — Sarah Barshop
The 49ers have competitors all around the inside of the offensive line, however that is the place coach Kyle Shanahan values most. After Alex Mack retired within the offseason, it left a contest between Jake Brendel, who has three NFL begins to his identify, and Daniel Brunskill, who performed proper guard final season and began eight video games at middle in 2020. The battle between Brendel and Brunskill is simply getting underway, and whoever wins the job can have an essential activity with Trey Lance in his first yr because the beginning quarterback. — Nick Wagoner
Proper deal with
Whereas ninth total decide Charles Cross is a lock to start out at left deal with barring harm, it is a three-man race to be his bookend. Jake Curhan has been getting many of the first-team reps to date in camp after beginning the ultimate 5 video games there final season, however Abraham Lucas’ standing as a third-round decide suggests he’ll get critical consideration, as will Stone Forsythe. If Lucas wins the job this summer time and Cross stays wholesome, Seattle could be solely the third group since 1970 to start out a pair of rookie tackles in Week 1, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Data analysis. — Brady Henderson