The most underrated 2022 NFL training camp scenarios: Tom Brady’s Buccaneers are still stacked in the NFC

Training camps are underway in the NFL, and there is already no shortage of notable headlines. Between quarterback competitions and contracts not acceptedthe summer should offer plenty of intrigue before the real games begin.

But what about topics that don’t get the attention they deserve? Here’s a look at five of the most underrated camp stories worth watching as teams prepare for the 2022 season:

The Buccaneers are (still) loaded

Mike Evans and Tom Brady


This off-season, Tom Brady literally retired, income (after a reported flirtation with the dolphins), said goodbye to Bruce Arians, and now goes for an eighth superbowl ring in at nearly 45, and somehow the Bucs don’t even feel like they’re close to being the talk of the town. Maybe we’re so used to the clockwork of Brady’s march to a playoff run, but has anyone been watching Tampa Bay’s depth chart lately? Even with chris godvin recovering from an injury, TB12 might have the best weapons he’s had in Florida to date: mike evans, Leonard Fournette, Jules Jones, Russell Gage, a line and a defense in gold. If you take a moment to stop watching AFC West, you’ll soon realize that the old man and his pals still stand out as an NFC powerhouse.

Odell Beckham Jr.. is still without a team

Odell Beckham Jr.


No, he won’t be available early in the year as he recovers from his ACL Super Bowl tear, and no, he’s not a spring chicken as he nears 30. But it is really surprising that he has not yet reconnected with the Rams or collect elsewhere. Once he got far enough out of the black hole that was his home stretch in Cleveland, OBJ re-emerged as a legit weapon on the outside, helping fuel Los Angeles’ title chase. His hands and his energy remain intact. If Julio Jones can get as much as $8 million as a side piece at this point in his career, then Beckham almost surely can too. Someone will be happy to roll it out in December.

The glaring holes on the Packers and Raiders

Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb


It’s just that they’re tied together, with Green Bay shipping Aaron Rodgers favorite Davante Adams in Las Vegas, and Rodgers is now poking fun at Adams’ love affair with Derek Carr. Both teams have high hopes, with the Packers looking to translate regular-season dominance into playoff victory and the Raiders looking to justify their costly offseason. And both can be good; Rodgers, in particular, assures that Green Bay will at least remain competitive. But are the Packers really heading into 2022, potentially A-Rod’s final season, with Allen Lazard, Samy Watkins and Randall Cobb like their best veteran receivers? Brian Gutekunst has to use some of his new expansion money to explore any possible last-minute trades, right? As for the Raiders, the receiver is no longer an issue now that Adams is in town, but thank goodness will Carr have time to deliver the ball behind his line? His starting five was already uncertain after a difficult 2021, then the right guard Denzelle Good abruptly retired this week.

The Trubisky Coast to the Steelers‘QB work

Mitchell Trubisky


Every indication of Pittsburgh so far has been that Mitchell Trubiskythe Bear the rejection that has started the nine games of the last two years, is essentially a lock to open 2022 under the center as by Ben Roethlisberger successor. Which is good, considering he’s already been full-time, as opposed to a rookie Kenny Pickett. And Trubisky’s setup is certainly better than the one he often had in Chicago; Press on Najee Harris, an improved line and fiery defense could actually allow the QB to play the spoiler. But the Steelers still made Pickett the 20th player picked in the entire 2022 draft class — the first Day 1 QB they’ve selected since Big Ben himself. Is he really unable to steal the job early? Or was Trubisky also composed?

The staff behind by Trey Lance to resume

Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo


Lance has rightfully been the poster child for change in San Francisco, opening camp as the proclaimed QB1 while the proven but injury-prone Jimmy Garoppolo awaits his departure. His athletic gifts should help make the 49ers must-watch television in 2022. What doesn’t get a ton of hype, however, is the turnover that’s been happening on the sidelines this offseason, especially in key areas of Lance’s development. As NFL The network’s “Good Morning Football” noted this week that San Francisco didn’t just lose Mike McDaniel, Kyle Shanahan’s right-hand man, to a head coaching job. He also named former NFL QB and broadcaster Brian Griese, who has never been an assistant before, as Lance’s QB coach. It’s a lot of uncertainty. A name that could also help unlock Lance: Anthony Lynn, the former Chargers trainer who essentially replaced McDaniel as the run-game leader.

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