The 2022 NFL season kicks off Thursday, September 8, when the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams host the Buffalo Bills (8:20 pm, NBC). Teams completed mandatory mini-camps last week and will open training camps at the end of July.

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Like last season, there will be three preseason games to help decide which undrafted free agents to keep, which veterans are on the decline, and which positions need the most reinforcement.

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NFL Nation is reporting from mini-camp for the first time since 2019 and has predictions for what’s to come.

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Each Registry Prediction File content.

AFC VOSTOK

Buffalo Bills

With so many of last year’s players back, there are many familiar names on the roster of 53 ahead of training camp. But it also means limited opportunities for newcomers to get on the team, so competition at the end of the roster will be fierce. Projection of Alaina Goetzenberg’s list of 53 people


Miami Dolphins

“Dolphins”, in fact, return to the defense, completely updating the attack on the field and on the touchline. With major changes to the running, wide receiver and offensive line, Miami is poised to improve their offensive numbers last season. Projection of Marseille Louis-Jacques’ line-up of 53


New England Patriots

Coach Bill Belichick said everything the Patriots do on offense is to make life as easy as possible for quarterback Mack Jones, but have they done enough? Meanwhile, on defense, the questions are whether the linebacker corps is strong enough and whether rookie Jack Jones (fourth round, Arizona) can break into the starting quarterback spot. Mike Reiss Prediction of 53


New York Jets

A year after the Jets focused on youth and player development, they will bring a more win-win approach to roster building. The improved depth will make for some tough cuts and trading opportunities. Wide receiver Denzel Mims, selected in the 2020 second round, is in the spotlight. If offensive tackle Mekhi Beckton fails in camp, it could prompt GM Joe Douglas to take a big step in looking for a replacement. Rich Cimini’s prediction of 53 people

AFK NORTH

Baltimore Ravens

After the Ravens bring back their injured players and introduce 11 draft picks, there won’t be many open spots. But it’s hard to make an accurate prediction out of 53 because this Ravens roster is still on the move. Which experienced pass rusher will be signed? Which free agent receiver is involved? Projection of Jamison Hensley’s line-up of 53


Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati roster is mostly formed after last year’s Super Bowl win, the Bengals’ best season in 33 years. But questions of depth at the receiver and on both sides of the line of scrimmage will lead to some of the most intriguing camp battles once the coaching staff begin to evaluate the roster. Coach Zach Taylor said, “You have to see that consistency throughout training camp leading up to that first game to really know where you are.” Ben Baby’s list forecast of 53 people


Cleveland Browns

While the future of quarterback Deshawn Watson, who has faced 24 civil lawsuits for inappropriate sexual behavior during massage sessions, remains hazy as the NFL investigates whether he violated its conduct policy, the loaded roster of Browns around him is mostly heading to training camp. Jake Trotter’s prediction of 53


Pittsburgh Steelers

Kenny Pickett and Mitch Trubisky are perfect for the 53-man roster, but how will the Steelers fit in with the rest of the quarterbacks’ room? Mason Rudolph is talented enough to make the roster, but he might be a better fit for another team, opening the door for rookie Chris Oladokun to earn a spot. Brooke Pryor forecast of 53 people

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans

After winning four consecutive seasons, general manager Nick Caserio continues to audition players for the future. In the draft, he added a gun for quarterback Davis Mills. The Texans hope to find out by the end of the season if Mills can become their quarterback in the future. Sarah Barshop’s forecast of 53 people


Indianapolis Colts

The Colts brought in another starting quarterback, Matt Ryan. But training camp could have focused more on the defensive rebuilding and health of All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard. Mike Wells Prediction of 53


Jacksonville Jaguars

The squad is much more talented than last season, especially the wide receiver and midfielder. With two new receivers (Christian Kirk and Zay Jones), new tight end Evan Engram and a healthy Travis Etienne Jr. at running back, second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence should make some big headway in 2022. seasons marked by linebackers Travon Walker, Devin Lloyd and Foisade Oluokun. Projection of Michael DiRocco’s line-up of 53


Tennessee Titans

The trade of AJ Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles was the biggest move of the offseason, as Tennessee will turn to veterans Austin Hooper and Robert Woods, as well as rookie Traylon Burks, to shore up a passing game. The defense remains largely intact, with second-year cornerback Caleb Farley set to take over the starting position following the release of Janoris Jenkins. Turron Davenport’s List Projection of 53

AFK WEST

Denver Broncos

The Broncos don’t know what they want the roster to be. There are questions about the offensive line, and they were reserved about whether Randy Gregory would be ready to fully participate in training camp after shoulder surgery. It’s still early, there’s a lot of work to do, but start with quarterback Russell Wilson, Justin Simmons and beyond. Jeff Legvold Prediction of 53


Kansas City Chiefs

Executives will have to make decisions between youth and experience in many positions this year. They seemed determined to get younger by trading one veteran, Tyreke Hill, and refusing to re-sign another, Tyranne Mathieu. At the same time, they selected more players, 10, and made two first-round picks for the first time since 2008. Forecast of Adam Teicher’s line-up of 53 people


Las Vegas Raiders

A playoff team with a new general manager, coach and vision? Raiders owner Mark Davis went the patriotic route, bringing in CEO Dave Ziegler and coach Josh McDaniels and insisting it wasn’t a rebuild. Rather, Davis said, it was the next step. The regime’s list of 53 will nevertheless tell the story and set a vision for the future, with major acquisitions by Davante Adams and Chandler Jones joining the likes of Derek Carr and Max Crosby. Paul Gutierrez prediction of 53 people


Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers’ roster is made up of big names across the board, from quarterback Justin Herbert to wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, to outside linebackers Khalil Mack and Joey Boza, defenseman JC Jackson and safety Dervin James Jr. how these talents will come together and whether they can make it through one of the toughest divisions to make their first postseason appearance under second-year coach Brandon Staley. Lindsey Thiry’s prediction of 53 people

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

Putting together a 53-man lineup for the Cowboys after the off-season program wasn’t all that difficult in terms of certain numbers in certain positions, such as two quarterbacks, six wide receivers, and five linebackers. There are no big names in the bubble, but by the time the final cuts arrive in September, there are a few places where they could add veteran depth to shake things up, like wide receiver, defensive and offensive lines, running back and kicker. Todd Archer’s List Projection of 53


New York Giants

The Giants have a lot of wide receivers if they’re all healthy. Who in the group (Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Tony, Van’Dale Robinson and Darius Slayton) is not on the list when all is said and done? Prediction of Jordan Raanan’s 53-man roster


Philadelphia Eagles

With the arrival of AJ Brown and a strong performance by DeVonta Smith as a rookie, the Eagles’ wide field position is in as good shape as it has been in previous years. Is Jalen Raygor, a former first-round pick, a lock to make the team? The Eagles have reasons to hold on to him after so much investment, but with guys like Greg Ward, rookie Britannia Covey and John Hightower vying for the spot, he needs to turn on the jets. Tim McManus Prediction of 53


Washington commanders

For a team that has won seven seasons in a row, it’s surprising that nearly all starting positions are decided in training camp. Commanders have improved their talent for position skills and their offense seems to be deeper than their defense. But there will be key battles over places in the tight end running back (do they have four left?) and wide receiver (will they keep seven for the second year in a row?) and whether they have enough depth in the defensive back seven. ? Forecast for John Keim’s 53-man squad

NFC NORTH

Chicago bears

Chicago will have over 14 new offensive and defensive players. It’s a big turnaround for the team at the start of the rebuild, with a number of key positions, especially the wide receiver and attacking line, left in motion heading into training camp. Courtney Cronin’s prediction of 53 people


Detroit Lions

Many players are returning from last year’s 3-13-1 team as the Lions try to build a culture. There aren’t many hot line-up battles out there, but it will be interesting to see key players return from injury, including former No. 3 overall Jeff Okuda and veteran outside linebacker Romeo Okwara, who are both finishing the season. cessation of Achilles injury. Eric Woodyard’s prediction of 53


Green Bay Packers

The Packers no longer have a clear WR1 with Davante Adams based in Las Vegas, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have options. Allen Lazard seems like a win-win to start the year as No. 1. Randall Cobb is the only other confirmed comeback. How many Sammy Watkins are left, will Amari Rogers make the jump into Year 2 and which rookies (Christian Watkins,