This article is part of our Depth Chart Watch series.
Never fear, football junkies: NFL preseason action is nearly here! Thursday will kick off the 2016 exhibition slate, letting us get our first looks at a lot of new faces (and older ones) looking to make an impact and win premier roles this season. Most teams won't let their first-teamers on offense see much (if any) action, but who we don't see can sometimes be as illuminating as the product on the field.
For the sake of avoiding repetition, the depth-chart situations below are largely limited to new developments. For a more exhaustive list of offseason changes and battles to watch, check out the early summer edition of this column.
Monday morning brought with it the official announcement that Robert Griffin III will be the Browns' starting quarterback, surprising exactly no one. The 37-year-old Josh McCown acquitted himself well when called upon last year, but is still no one's idea of a starting quarterback. With intriguing weapons available to him – impressive rookie wideout Corey Coleman, suspended-but-returning superstar receiver Josh Gordon and 2015 breakout tight end Gary Barnidge – Griffin could be in for a return to his glory days. Remember, he's still only 26.
Los Angeles Rams
Case Keenum remains the leading candidate to start in Week 1, as 2016 No. 1 pick Jared Goff is still working with the second-teamers. The Rams are surely eager to put Goff out there in front of their new home fans, but they clearly want to be at