The third of eight division-by-division looks at the key position battles for each NFL team heading into training camps.
Terrell Suggs has been expected to be a great LB. (Getty Images)
Edge: Suggs, in large part because the Ravens think it is his time.
Opening-day starter: Suggs is the pick, but Thomas will fight like heck to stay on the field.
Johnson's play in 2003 was a big reason the team was able to trade Corey Dillon to New England. He is a tough, hard runner who can also rip off a long run or two. It is his job for now, but the team drafted Perry with the idea he will push Johnson. Perry is a producer from Michigan who gets his yardage inside the tackles. He isn't a speed back, but he has good enough speed. This is a pleasant competition to have for Bengals coaches.
Edge: Johnson gets the edge because of experience.
Opening-day starter: Johnson. This is his year, but he can become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
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|July 3||AFC North|
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Edge: Suggs. He's the cleaner choice of the two.
Opening-day starter: If Green is focused, he's the choice. If not, it has to be Suggs.
The Steelers drafted Hope in the second round a couple of years ago with the idea he would be a play-making safety. So far he has been watching most of the time. Hope has the tools, but it hasn't worked out yet. Logan is a physical player who has played a big role in the Steelers' dime packages the past couple of seasons. He can run, hit and he can blitz. The Steelers have had some doubts whether he can handle a full-time gig. Maybe now is the time.
Edge: Logan. He's more physical, and the Steelers like that.
Opening-day starter: Logan. But it wouldn't be a shock to see Hope play.