With Jacksonville Jaguars training camp finally within striking distance, the focus can finally be shifted away from the offseason and onto what actually happens on the practice field.
Months of speculation are over. What we see is now what we get. Let's play some football.
1. Roster turnover is terrific... on paper
We should not anoint the Jaguars as the next great team or sing their praises until they actually start winning games -- 2015 taught us that lesson in a harsh way.
But we can admire the improvement in the roster that has taken place since 2012, which was the last season before Dave Caldwell and Gus Bradley took over as the decision makers of the team.
Look at these two depth charts (via Ourlads.com) and try to come away without thinking the differences are staggering.
And here is the depth chart for this season so far.
I mean, that is just incredible. Which of the 15 best players on the 2012 squad would be one of the 15 best players on the 2016 team? Which ones would even start? Justin Blackmon is the only for sure answer, though Eugene Monroe could also be one. Either way, at the end of the day the Jaguars roster has a plethora of NFL talent compared to what they used to trot out before Caldwell arrived.
Let's hope it reflects on the field.
2. Don't sleep on Florida teams this season
First, Denard Robinson had his incident with his vehicle and his car. Then Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Louis Murphy fell asleep at a wedding and was locked in a museum.
Both of these players will be on the same field for the Jaguars vs. Buccaneers joint practices in 2016. The power naps will be things of legend.
3. Why is Arian Foster still a free agent?
I mean, I get why. But I also do not get why.
Foster is an aging back who has both a troubling history of injuries and a heavy workload. But he has also shown that he can still produce, despite his situation.
I am not sure where the best team fit for Foster is as of right now. But I am sure that he can still be a solid contributor for some team. I have seen him beat up on my own team enough times to know that he isn't exactly a player that should be doubted.
4. "All Or Nothing" is really, really good
The amazon series "All Or Nothing" is essentially Amazon's version of HBO's Hard Knocks, featuring the Arizona Cardinals.
There are, however, two stark differences. For one, All Or Nothing follows the Cardinals throughout their whole season. From draft night to the final playoff game, you see the ins and the outs of a team as it rides the ups and downs of the roller coaster of emotions that is an NFL season. This is just something that Hard Knocks does not provide.
It also features Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, who is must-watch television every second he is on the screen.