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53-man roster projections, camp previews for all 32 NFL teams

As training camps get cranked up across the league, NFL Nation reporters preview what to expect from every team and offer their preliminary 53-man roster projections. Who’s on the bubble? Which rookie could surprise? Where are the biggest strengths and weaknesses?

Click the links after each team for the projections and previews.

And for a list of training camp sites plus rookie and veteran reporting dates, go here.

AFC East | AFC North| AFC South | AFC West
NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC West


AFC EAST

  • With depth an issue at defensive end, safety and elsewhere, here’s a look at Buffalo’s projected roster with an eye on reinforcements coming off waivers. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • For the seventh time since the Bills last made the playoffs — 1999 — the franchise hit the reset button this past winter by firing bombastic coach Rex Ryan and replacing him with Sean McDermott. McDermott has brought a more meticulous and measured management style that he hopes will begin to change the culture. Full training camp preview.

  • The Dolphins’ expected roster features an overhaul at tight end, depth at wide receiver and a fortified offensive line. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • All eyes will be on the health and progress of quarterback Ryan Tannehill this summer. Tannehill sprained the ACL and MCL in his left knee last December, forcing him to miss the final four games. Surgery was not required, but Tannehill must wear a brace this season. Mobility didn’t appear to be an issue in organized team activities and minicamp. Full training camp preview.

  • Intense competition for reserve roles at the offensive skill positions could create some interesting roster decisions for New England. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • Can the Patriots, who are widely viewed as a preseason favorite across the NFL, repeat as Super Bowl champions? After they loaded up in the offseason through various personnel moves, expectations are as high as they’ve been in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. Full training camp preview.

  • The Jets are largely devoid of name talent at quarterback, wide receiver, tight end and along the offensive line, so late roster moves are in play. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • Do the Jets have any idea what they’re doing? It will take a full season to answer that question, but the first clues will start to emerge in the preseason. General manager Mike Maccagnan built this team with an eye on 2018, stripping down a roster filled with overpaid, underperforming veterans and replacing them with young, unproven talents. Full training camp preview.

AFC NORTH

  • Former Seahawks receiver Chris Matthews will be one of six wideouts battling for spots on Baltimore’s roster. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • There are plenty of questions about the Ravens’ offense, from QB Joe Flacco‘s struggles to the running backs’ explosiveness to Marty Mornhinweg’s playcalling. The biggest concern, however, is an offensive line that is projected to start two backups from last season with two second-year players. Full training camp preview.

  • The Bengals have shown a propensity to give their draft picks a chance, but a large class and a solid roster will make for some difficult decisions. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • If rookies Joe Mixon and John Ross don’t bring enough excitement going into training camp, then linebacker Carl Lawson might. After one of their biggest drafts in years (11 players selected), the Bengals head into camp bolstered by a youth movement. Full training camp preview.

  • The Browns appear set on going wherever DeShone Kizer, Brock Osweiler or Cody Kessler takes them this season behind center. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • The usual quarterback drama persists, but the Browns have put a lot of energy and focus on the defensive side of the ball this offseason. Cleveland is placing a lot of belief in new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, whose loud and in-your-face approach is a complete contrast to the cerebral approach of Ray Horton a year ago. Full training camp preview.

  • The Steelers are as deep at wide receiver as any position on their roster, meaning they’ll have big decisions on how many and which ones to keep. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • The offensive explosion with wide receiver Martavis Bryant back in the lineup was an offseason storyline. During training camp, eyes should be fixed on the Steelers’ years-in-the-making defensive rebuild. The defensive backfield will feature four Day 1 or Day 2 draft picks from the past three years, plus a bevy of veterans. Full training camp preview.

AFC SOUTH


  • The Colts aim to improve up front after giving up 44 sacks last season. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • All eyes will be on QB Andrew Luck when he takes the practice field and attempts his first pass since January. He missed the entire offseason after right shoulder surgery in the winter. Owner Jim Irsay went on the record to say Luck would be ready for the start of the regular season, but that target date will remain in question until Luck starts throwing. Full training camp preview.

  • The Jaguars could keep a fifth cornerback with top 2016 pick Jalen Ramsey coming back from surgery; depth at safety could prove to be important. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • The Jaguars’ season will hinge on whether QB Blake Bortles has made improvements in four key areas: turnovers, pocket awareness, decision-making and accuracy. Those are more important than any of his mechanical issues, which he worked on extensively during the offseason. Full training camp preview.

AFC WEST

  • As the Broncos’ roster takes shape, they’ll need to consider some talented rookies at quarterback and running back and whittle down their eight receiver candidates. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • The Broncos’ impending decision at quarterback will lead the way through the summer. Either Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch will win the job. But this is a tough one for the coaches. If they hand the job to the guy who doesn’t really win it, a veteran locker room filled with players who believe the Broncos are still Super Bowl contenders will not be happy. Full training camp preview.

  • The Chiefs have a young group at receiver and a lot of depth at linebacker, so those are positions where roster spots will get interesting. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • All eyes will be on rookie QB Patrick Mahomes II, who won’t be a starter and may not even play during his first NFL season. But the Chiefs made a bold move to trade up to get Mahomes, making him the lone quarterback taken in the first round by the franchise in 34 years. Full training camp preview.

  • Mike Williams, the Chargers’ first-round pick this year, likely begins the season on the physically unable to perform list but hopefully recovers enough from his back injury to contribute in the second half of the 2017 season. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • Described as matter-of-fact and blunt by his players, new Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, a disciple of former crusty NFL head coach Bill Parcells, will try to turn things around for an organization that has won just nine games the past two seasons. Full training camp preview.

  • The Raiders’ projected roster appears to have few question marks with numerous key contributors from last season’s playoff team returning. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • The Raiders ended a 13-season playoff drought last season with their first winning campaign since, yes, 2002. As such, they seem primed to make a serious Super Bowl run, as long as QB Derek Carr is fully recovered from his broken right fibula and the 26th-ranked defense can plug holes up the middle. Full training camp preview.

NFC EAST

  • Alfred Morris has three 1,000-yard seasons under his belt, but the Cowboys could look to keep younger backs with more versatility. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • Can the Cowboys do it again? They surprised many with their 13-3 season in 2016 despite Tony Romo being relegated to spectator because of a compression fracture in his back. They enter this season with high outside expectations for a team that looks to be on the rise, thanks to a young core mixed with talented veterans. Full training camp preview.


  • The Redskins added depth to their defensive front this offseason and enter training camp expecting heated battles at running back and tight end. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • The top storyline headed into camp is QB Kirk Cousins and whether this will be his last season in Washington. The Redskins failed to reach a long-term deal with Cousins by the July 17 deadline, so now there’s a chance that he will be a free agent in the 2018 offseason. Full training camp preview.

NFC NORTH

  • Zach Miller‘s roster spot depends entirely on his health, and if he doesn’t recover in time from a foot injury, the Bears could cut the veteran tight end. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • There are really two major storylines for the Bears in 2017. The first involves embattled coach John Fox. The second pertains to rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, whom Chicago drafted No. 2 overall in April. Full training camp preview.


  • Any of the young receivers could be on the bubble if the Packers don’t keep seven wideouts for the second straight year. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • If the Packers don’t come out of training camp with at least one new starting cornerback, then something probably went disastrously wrong. They signed veteran free agent Davon House and used their top draft pick on the athletic Kevin King. One or both should start if the Packers hope to radically improve their passing defense. Full training camp preview.

NFC SOUTH


  • You can debate the running back position more than any on the Panthers’ roster. Does Carolina keep Fozzy Whittaker when they have Christian McCaffrey and wide receiver Curtis Samuel, who can do the same thing as a third-down back? Full 53-man roster projection.
  • As QB Cam Newton goes, so go the Panthers. When Newton had an MVP season in 2015, the Panthers went to the Super Bowl. When he had statistically the worst season of his career in 2016, the team struggled and missed the playoffs. Newton had offseason surgery to fix a partially torn rotator cuff, so training camp will be the first big test to see if the problem has been corrected. Full training camp preview.

  • The Bucs will have to sort out matters at running back, twice — for the season’s start, and after Doug Martin returns from his three-game suspension. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • The Bucs are getting rare national attention and even consideration for the NFC South title. Snagging WR DeSean Jackson in free agency and TE O.J. Howard in the draft has upped expectations for a team that hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2007. Full training camp preview.

NFC WEST

  • First-round pick Haason Reddick will start from Day 1, but much of the Cardinals’ veteran lineup will look quite familiar heading into 2017. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • Sure, there are individual position battles that will be captivating, but the top storyline heading into this year’s training camp will be how the Cardinals can put last season’s underachieving 7-8-1 record behind them as they try to make what could be their last Super Bowl run with their current core. Full training camp preview.


How will the suspensions of wide receiver Mike Thomas and cornerback Troy Hill affect the Rams’ roster? Full 53-man roster projection.

Defensive lineman Aaron Donald will dominate training camp like he dominates opposing guards. The Rams’ star has spent the offseason hoping for a restructured contract, and nothing has been solidified. It’s complicated. Full training camp preview.

  • The Niners’ offense faces an adjustment period with three new quarterbacks on the roster. Full 53-man roster projection.
  • This season isn’t so much about turning into overnight contenders as it is about taking a step in the right direction for their long-term future. Coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have injected some optimism into the franchise, but they also are well aware that a major turnaround in just one season is a long shot. Full training camp preview.

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