First and 10: Let the games begin

Football is only a day away. That’s right, the first five games of the 2011 NFL preseason will kick off Thursday, and that means NFL training camps are full of import and intrigue. senior writer Steve Wyche will have a full report from Buccaneers camp, where young coach Raheem Morris and third-year QB Josh Freeman look to build on last year’s strong showing. Meanwhile, senior analyst Pat Kirwan will have the lowdown on the Arizona Cardinals and new QB Kevin Kolb. And Wednesday night on “NFL Total Access,” you can catch field reports from Scott Hanson at Giants camp and Albert Breer at Browns camp.

Here’s what else is on tap Wednesday:

  • The more things change, the less they stay the same. analyst Bucky Brooks will explore how subtle alterations in the NFL’s practice schedules mandated by the new collective bargaining agreement will change the quality of the game.
  • Speaking of change, the NFL is making some major changes to its drug policy under the new CBA, including adding game-day testing for performance-enhancing substances. Get the details.
  • Sure, you’ve read all about Newton, Ingram, Dalton and Gabbert. But who are the rookies who will take the league by surprise in 2011? senior analyst Pat Kirwan has some names you’ll want to remember.
  • Remember Terrell Owens? Once the NFL’s loudest presence, T.O. has been strangely under the radar as other high-profile free agents have found new homes. We ask our panel of experts if any team will take a chance on Owens this year in the latest Instant Debate.
  • You don’t have to separate facts from rumors: NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora does it for you. Keep up with the latest buzz on free agents, trades and position battles by following Jason’s blog.
  • In addition to the free-agent frenzy, don’t forget the fantasy frenzy. Get ready for your draft with’s all-encompassing draft kit.
  • Speaking of fantasy football, our Adam Rank wants to spare you the embarrassment of drafting those land mines that can blow up your team. Meet the Steve Slaton All-Stars.
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