New faces bring hope to new places

After 11 seasons in Philadelphia, quarterback Donovan McNabb is starting anew in Washington.
After 11 seasons in Philadelphia, quarterback Donovan McNabb is starting anew in Washington.

As most NFL training camps open this week, there is sure to be a buzz about all new players. A look at five key veteran newcomers under the spotlight:

Donovan McNabb, QB, Redskins. In Washington, everything is scrutinized and football comes first. The pressure to be an instant savior will keep building through camp.

LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Jets. After bolting from the blue, L.T. looks to be rejuvenated in green, something New York needs from the biggest of its big offseason pickups.

Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens. Cardinals officials thought he might be damaged goods, but Baltimore is counting on Boldin to be a top-flight playmaker from Day 1.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Dolphins. Coming off hip surgery, all eyes will be on Miami’s physically dominant new go-to guy.

Julius Peppers, DE, Bears. In a scheme similar to the one in which he previously thrived, it’s on Peppers to show the expected pass-rush burst that comes with his mega contract.

Vinnie Iyer is a writer for Sporting News. E-mail him at viyer@sportingnews.com.

After 11 seasons in Philadelphia, quarterback Donovan McNabb is starting anew in Washington.
After 11 seasons in Philadelphia, quarterback Donovan McNabb is starting anew in Washington.

As most NFL training camps open this week, there is sure to be a buzz about all new players. A look at five key veteran newcomers under the spotlight:

Donovan McNabb, QB, Redskins. In Washington, everything is scrutinized and football comes first. The pressure to be an instant savior will keep building through camp.

LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Jets. After bolting from the blue, L.T. looks to be rejuvenated in green, something New York needs from the biggest of its big offseason pickups.

Anquan Boldin, WR, Ravens. Cardinals officials thought he might be damaged goods, but Baltimore is counting on Boldin to be a top-flight playmaker from Day 1.

Brandon Marshall, WR, Dolphins. Coming off hip surgery, all eyes will be on Miami’s physically dominant new go-to guy.

Julius Peppers, DE, Bears. In a scheme similar to the one in which he previously thrived, it’s on Peppers to show the expected pass-rush burst that comes with his mega contract.

Vinnie Iyer is a writer for Sporting News. E-mail him at viyer@sportingnews.com.

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