Unless there are last minute changes, when training camp begins 12 or 28.6% of the 42 dressed players in last year semi-final won't be in camp; 15 or 32.6% of the 46 active players won't be there. The major reduction has been on the defensive line; hence,4-including Hopkins- of the 5 dressed import defensive linemen and 5 of the 6 active import defensive linemen won't be in camp.
Three weeks from now,teams will have to declare their final rosters; from now until then and provided that there won't be major injuries to key players, I expect some of the 42 dressed/46 active players in last year semi-final will be released. Here are my expectations:
Ricky Santos.QB. Could be out. Though competition from Neiswander and Riddle.
Jeraill McCuller.OL. Will be out.
Bear Woods.LB. Could be out although I expect that he will be a pleasant surprise.
Bo Bowling. WR. Will be out.
Chima Ihekwoaba.DE. Make or break camp/season.
BRian Ridgeway.LB. Will be out.
Daryl Townsend.DB. Will be out.
Every training camp there are surprises,some positives,some negatives. 2012 will not be different.Who will surprise us/the fans? Nobody knows but I list a few that I expect will surprise us.
Daunte Akra.DE. We heard/read many positive comments on this player. Personnally, I expect a negative surprise.
Trent Guy. WR. Positive surprise.
Felton Huggins.WR. Positive surprise.
Aaron Hunt. DT. I could be 100% wrong,but I don't expect much from him; will be a negative surprise. If he comes to camp in top physical condition, I will be wrong.
Michael Montgomery.DE. Jim Popp was quite happy when he announced his signing. I think that he will be disappointed during camp. Will he be in top form? Will he be injured? I say no and yes.
Marques Murrell.DE. Positive surprise.
Garrett Wolfe. RB. Will perform beyond expectations. Will be on the 46 player active roster.
Before the beginning of training camp, I expect more additions.-no less than 5 and as many as 9- to the actual roster. Amongst these additions there will definitely be no less than 2 defensive linemen.
In the next days/week we will have a good idea on the positive and negative surprises of this 2012 training camp.I definitely hope for much more positive surprises than negative ones.