Top NFL Training Camp Issues, Non-Favre Edition

Jets, Bears among teams facing personnel issues; pressure on Raiders' Kiffin to win
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2008 2:05 PM CDT
Jacksonville Jaguar' Matt Jones raises his arms after scoring the game-winning touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in this file photo. Jones could be a "necessary distraction" for the Jags.   (AP Photo/Scott Audette)
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(Newser) – The NFL is in the midst of a turbulent off-season, even if you ignore the Brett Favre and Chad Johnson sagas. ESPN’s John Clayton breaks down the other top distractions as training camp nears:

  • With NFL Europe gone but the 80-man roster still in place, teams will have trouble finding enough healthy bodies for training camp.
  • The New York Jets must decide whether or not to move an unhappy Chris Baker.
  • Jacksonville may need to keep receiver Matt Jones despite his off-field issues.

  • Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jason Peters wants a new deal in Buffalo; the Bills need him badly.
  • Chicago still hasn’t dealt with linebacker Brian Urlacher’s demands for more money.
  • Tight end Jeremy Shockey isn’t happy with his role with the New York Giants.
  • Raiders coach Lane Kiffin, with some shiny new toys, must win now.
  • Two key Eagles—running back Brian Westbrook and cornerback Lito Sheppard—are unhappy and could disrupt camp.
  • The Cowboys might have to cut receiver Terry Glenn, who intends to play despite needing surgery.