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Old 07-24-2007, 10:57 PM   #1
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New Orleans Saints -- Drew Brees showed everyone last summer that the offense was in good hands. In his second year as head coach, Sean Payton needs to develop the defense. The Saints continue to make changes to strengthen the team at linebacker and in the secondary. The Saints also need to come out of camp healthy at defensive tackle. That's one of the biggest areas for concern, particularly with Brian Young opening camp with a broken foot.


Carolina Panthers -- To make a playoff run, the Panthers have to be able to run the ball. If John Fox is able to put together the running attack in camp, it will be his most important accomplishment this summer. The Panthers need a great camp from DeAngelo Williams, who will compete against DeShaun Foster. The Panther lost two starting offensive linemen to injuries in last year's opener and it destroyed the whole continuity of the running game. The Panthers need to come out of camp running.


Atlanta Falcons -- The Falcons are a mess. Quarterback Michael Vick isn't allowed to show up at camp because of his dogfighting case. Bobby Petrino has to rally his troops behind Joey Harrington and assess whether he needs more quarterback help. He also needs to find leaders. Who knows how long Vick will be gone? Petrino needs to reset the hierarchy of this team in camp.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- This is an important camp for Jon Gruden, which makes this one of the best stops in the league. Gruden is a gamer and the pressure is on. He needs to win, and he has a very good chance of making a run. He has an experienced quarterback in Jeff Garcia. Now in his third season, Cadillac Williams should be able to improve an underachieving running game. The team also is coming off its first defensive draft in years, so Gruden has a chance to filter some young players into the aging unit.

The rest of the NFC:
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/traini...ohn&id=2947420

The AFC:
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/traini...ohn&id=2946253

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Same ol DT concern again... I'll leave it at that.
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