2022 NFL Training Camps: Schedule and Top Stories to Watch | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors

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    Are you ready for some football? Well, luckily, there’s not too long to wait. The return of the NFL is almost here.

    Rookies are expected to report to training camp next week, while the majority of NFL camps will have mandatory reporting dates for all players the following week. A few teams start early, however. That includes the Las Vegas Raiders, who will fully open camp on Wednesday.

    Once all players in the league have reported, the road to the 2022 season will be open. Three weeks of preseason games will take place in August, then the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams will kick off the regular season with an exciting game against the Buffalo Bills on September 8.

    With football just around the corner, here’s the upcoming training camp and pre-season schedule, followed by several storylines to follow through the rest of the summer.

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    July 20: Las Vegas Raiders Report

    July 23: Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams report

    July 26: Report of the other 29 NFL teams

    August 4: Hall of Fame Game between Jacksonville and Las Vegas

    August 11: Pre-Season Week 1 Begins

    August 18: Pre-Season Week 2 Begins

    August 25: Pre-Season Week 3 Begins

    More training camp details can be found at NFL.com. The full preseason schedule is available on ESPN.com.

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    The offseason can bring many noticeable changes; this is the case this year. Some big-name players have changed teams and will be heading to their first training camps with new organizations. So it will be interesting to see how they fit together with their new teammates and in new systems.

    Russell Wilson is now the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback after being traded by the Seattle Seahawks in March, ending his 10-year tenure with the team. The 33-year-old will now play in a highly competitive AFC West and regularly face a trio of talented quarterbacks: Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders. ‘Derek Carr.

    Baker Mayfield was traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Carolina Panthers earlier this month, and he will now be part of a preseason QB battle against Sam Darnold and rookie Matt Corral. Mayfield will be the favorite, however, and he could even be under center for a much more intriguing game against the Browns in Week 1.

    Along with Denver and Carolina, the Indianapolis Colts (Matt Ryan) and Washington Commanders (Carson Wentz) were among the other teams to trade for a new starting quarterback this offseason.

    However, it wasn’t just the QBs on the move. Tyreek Hill is now the No. 1 wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins. AJ Brown (Philadelphia Eagles), Davante Adams (Las Vegas Raiders) and Amari Cooper (Cleveland Browns) are other WRs who have traded teams. Finally, Khalil Mack is now with the Chargers, ready to form a powerful passing duo with Joey Bosa in Los Angeles.

    These players will soon be on the field with their new teams and it’s going to be weird to see them in these uniforms at first. But it will be fun to see how the landscape of the league might change after these changes have happened.

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    The Cleveland Browns will also get a new quarterback in 2022, with Mayfield’s four-year stint with the franchise now over. It’s just not clear who will be under the team’s center in Week 1.

    There’s no question who the Browns’ starting QB is. It’s Deshaun Watson, who they acquired in a March trade from the Houston Texans and then signed a five-year, $230 million deal. However, Watson may soon receive a suspension from the NFL due to numerous allegations of sexual assault and misconduct.

    Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reported that Watson’s suspension announcement “may or may not be before camp.” It’s unclear how long the 26-year-old QB could be suspended, but Cleveland may have to prepare to be without him for an extended period.

    If so, the Browns will likely look to Jacoby Brissett, who signed with the team after spending one season with the Miami Dolphins. The 29-year-old quarterback hasn’t put up huge numbers with inconsistent playing time in his first six years in the NFL, so he would clearly lag behind Watson in the role.

    But Brissett can spend training camp and preseason preparing for an opportunity to lead Cleveland’s offense for as long as the team needs it. Although nothing is clear on the Browns’ QB depth chart until the NFL announces its decision on Watson.

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    There was only one quarterback selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. But there could be more than one rookie QB under center in Week 1 of the upcoming season, because several quarterbacks will be looking to earn jobs this preseason.

    Let’s start with the only first round, Kenny Pickett. He may have the best opportunity to be a Week 1 starter in 2022 as he battles Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph for the Pittsburgh Steelers job. Trubisky signed in free agency and could be the early seed, but the 24-year-old Pickett could win the job with a strong camp.

    Corral will be looking to impress this summer and earn some game time in Carolina. But that seems much less likely now that Mayfield has arrived, which could leave Corral as a clear number 3 behind him and Darnold.

    The Atlanta Falcons have dealt Ryan and could now turn to a rookie. While they signed Marcus Mariota in free agency, they also used a third-round draft pick on Desmond Ridder. Even if Ridder doesn’t start immediately, he could be Atlanta’s QB of the future.

    Other teams to draft QBs this year included the Tennessee Titans (Malik Willis in the third round) and the Washington Commanders (Sam Howell in the fifth). Although those teams have clear starters in Ryan Tannehill and Wentz, respectively.

    Still, it will be interesting to see how this class of rookie quarterback develops throughout camp. Plus, injuries and surprise performances happen all the time. So maybe several of these QBs will come onto the field early in their NFL careers.

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