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      Every NFL Team's Greatest Mystery Heading into Training Camp By Russell S. Baxter , Featured Columnist Jul 11, 2014 mys_zps90d23d05.png  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images   Face it. We are all suckers for a great whodunit.This past season, it was the Seattle Seahawks who did it, crushing the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.We are rapidly approaching the start of training camp for all 32 NFL teams as the league’s 95th season is less than two months away from kicking off.So it’s time to do a little detective work and try to deduce just what is the greatest mystery surrounding each club as each enters the dog days of summer.Of course, some mysteries are a bit more obvious and a little less ominous than others. But no team in the game, even the champion Seahawks, is without a flaw or two.So do any of these teams have a clue in terms of solving their puzzles?And as we know, there is no sure lock when it comes to that answer.mys1_zpsb16f8bc1.pngAtlanta Falcons: Who Will Be the Team’s Top Pass-Rusher?Is anyone raising their hand?A lot of things have to go wrong when you go from the top seed in the NFC (13-3) to just four wins over the course of a calendar year.One factor for the Atlanta Falcons’ epic collapse in 2013 was injuries. Another was the failure to run the football and the inability to stop the opposition from doing the same.But perhaps even more glaring was the fact that the Falcons’ pass rush continues to be AWOL as well. Last offseason, the team replaced defensive end John Abraham with defensive end Osi Umenyiora. The team’s sack total rose from 29 in 2012 to just 32 sacks this past season.That’s 61 sacks in 32 regular-season games, or just one more than the Carolina Panthers managed (60) in leading the league in 2013.We will see more 3-4 alignments from defensive coordinator Mike Nolan this season. That and the additions of defensive end Tyson Jackson and nose tackle Paul Soliai should help against the run. But besides Umenyiora, who will consistently chase the likes of Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Josh McCown for six of the team’s 16 games in 2014?mys2_zps8483d672.pngCarolina Panthers: Who Will Be the Starting Left Tackle in Week 1?When it comes to replacing Carolina Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross, there really is no mystery in terms of the candidates.It’s the solution that will take some time when it comes to the successor for the three-time Pro Bowler.Last month, David Newton of ESPN.com gave his feelings when it came to the clash this summer between tackles Nate Chandler and Byron Bell, both starters in different roles last season.“Byron Bell and Nate Chandler split the role during organized team activities, and this will be a rehash of what they've learned. The real battle won't start until training camp when they put the pads on. Most believe Bell, moving from starting right tackle, has the inside track on the position. He was the first to work at left tackle during OTAs. But Chandler was working out at tackle before injuries last season forced him to move to right guard, where he started the final eight regular-season games. A former defensive tackle, he has solid footwork and the size (6-4, 310) to play the position. He just doesn't have experience.”That experience in terms of Chandler could come in the form of on-the-job training during the regular season.Then will come perhaps an entirely new set of questions.mys4_zpse5d66ed0.pngNew Orleans Saints: When Will TE Jimmy Graham Sign?Now that we have the age-old question of whether Jimmy Graham plays tight end or wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints, what’s next when it comes to the four-year pro?In other words, when will we see the Pro Bowl performer on the field with his teammates?Graham was designated the team’s “franchise” player this offseason, a tag we now know in his case means $7 million in 2014 rather than a whole lot more.Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe outlines an arbitrator’s recent decision to rule against Graham’s notion that he is a wide receiver and should be paid like one, at least in the case of the franchise tag. We are still waiting to see if there is an appeal to be filed on Graham’s behalf, the deadline being this Monday.Another date is Tuesday, July 15. That is in regards to the Saints and Graham working out a long-term deal.Right now, a short-term deal doesn’t appear to be in the cards. Stay tuned.mys5_zpsc8705a29.pngTampa Bay Buccaneers: Will All of the Team’s New Faces Gel Sooner Than Later?When you are the first team to finish last in the NFC South three consecutive years, there are bound to be some changes.And once this club got going this offseason, the Bucs didn’t stop.Via free agency, new Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht added the likes of Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner (Tennessee Titans), defensive end Michael Johnson (Cincinnati Bengals), quarterback Josh McCown (Chicago Bears), left tackle Anthony Collins (Bengals), center Evan Dietrich-Smith (Green Bay Packers), tight end Brandon Myers (New York Giants) and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (Seattle Seahawks).But wait, there’s more. The draft brought new offensive weapons in wide receiver Mike Evans, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Charles Sims.There is also a new head coach in Lovie Smith, who once upon a time took well more than just three Chicago Bears to Super Bowl XLI.That’s a lot of new faces. But is one offseason enough for this team to find its new self in 2014? We may not know the answer until perhaps midway through the season.For every team.....[url url=http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2119065-every-nfl-teams-greatest-mystery-heading-into-training-camp#articles/2119065-every-nfl-teams-greatest-mystery-heading-into-training-camp/page/31[/url]link[/url]

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      If I was Michael Johnson I’d already be licking my chops looking forward to that week 1 matchup against whoever their LT is going to be.

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      Mj an mccoy may very well be the fastest linemen duo in the league sean.

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      Clayborn outperforms Michael Johnson, no matter where he lines up.  I have a feeling Clayborn’s career is about to change for the good.

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