These are the dog days of summer. The days are longer. The backyard barbecues, beach and house parties are part of the American culture during the summer season. It also is an indicator that professional football is coming. To put it short, football is back. The regular season is less than 60 days and every team has to go through a rigorous training camp and preseason to get its roster ready for the much anticipated 2018 regular season.
While training camp is currently underway, we look at four teams that will certainly make some noise in the regular and post season.
Those teams are the New York Giants, Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints.
New York Giants
Player Watch: Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr. is the key. His health status and injury recovery is one of the main focus of Giants’ overall camp. Many NFL analyst say the drafting of Saquon Barkley was pivotal. We strongly believe that OBJ II is a game changer that will make Eli Manning better and keep the Giants from contending with an eight-man front defense. This will give opportunities to Barkley to gash opponents for large chunks yards, possibly garnering Rookie of the Year considerations.
Odell’s presence will allow the defense to rest which will give them more quality snaps against opposing offenses.
Los Angeles Rams
Player Watch: Jared Goff
The LA Rams tweaked and reloaded its roster during the offseason. Notable pro bowlers Ndamukong Suh and Aqib Talib has join an already talented roster. Cornerback Marcus Peters was a great pick up as well. But the key person to watch is Jared Goff. His emergence last year along with stud running back Todd Gurley was crucial to the team’s successful. Their performance garnered the organization credibility as well as taking them to the playoffs. The team has high expectations and if Goff continues to get better, the sky is the limit for the Rams.
New Orleans Saints
Player Watch: Alvin Kamara 
The Saints was one fluke play away from the NFC Conference Championship. Led by perennial pro bowler Drew Brees, the team is poised to make another Super Bowl run. The key player to watch is Alvin Kamara. The elusive running back is entering his second season and he’s looking to show that his rookie season wasn’t a fluke. While Mark Ingram serves his 4 games suspension, critics wonder if Alvin Kamara could take on the role as an every-down running back. If he can answer that question, the Saints will be in good shape for the regular season.
Jacksonville Jaguars
Player Watch: Blake Bortles
The Jaguars are no longer the bud of every NFL joke. The presence of Tom Coughlin and the leadership of head coach Doug Marrone has rubbed off on the team and the meter is pointing up for the Jags. Loaded with arguably the best cornerback dual (Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye), fast linebackers and a top 3 defensive line (led by All-pro Calais Campbell), the team is loaded on the defensive side of the ball. The key to the team’s success is Blake Bortles. Number 5 had a solid year last season. He improved throughout the year and racked 2 quality wins in the playoffs (beating the Bills with his legs and curving up Pittsburgh with arm. Ultimately, he lost in the AFC title game to future Hall of Famer Tom Brady (Bortles played exceptional well in the road game).
The question is can he take that momentum over to the 2018 season?  If he does, the Jaguars will be in the Super Bowl.