The NFL season officially begins in earnest this week with the start of the preseason for all 32 teams. Around The NFL's Conor Orr dissects what you can expect to see from the five remaining games this weekend:
*Here's what to what to watch for ... *
SATURDAY (all times Eastern)
» Could anyone emerge from the back end of Seattle's running back depth chart? Per ESPN.com, fifth-round pick Alex Collins had a memorable team scrimmage, especially as a pass catcher out of the backfield. With C.J. Prosise still battling back from a hamstring injury, the competition for playing time seems wide open.
**» Will the crowd be as advertised? Word is, these teams are going to pack the L.A. Coliseum for the opener, a nice way to welcome the Rams back home.
» All eyes on Jared Goff: The No. 1 pick is still technically No. 2 on the depth chart behind Case Keenum, but will he be L.A.'s starting quarterback once the season starts? Jeff Fisher will be looking for a few simple traits: ball security, poise and footwork. How many out of those three does he actually get?
» Can Dak Prescott continue to fend off a veteran? So much of the preseason is about the 2s and 3s and Prescott has been making a push to back up Tony Romo for good. At the moment Jerry Jones seems content to wait out roster cut downs to sign a veteran, but Prescott could keep his spot for good by stringing together some capable performances.
» Where is the Ryan defense at? An offseason of change and devastating injury has Buffalo looking to put all the pieces together. Rex Ryan has never been afraid to get exotic in the preseason, but does he have enough institutional knowledge to run what he wants?
» The Titans are not going to look like Oregon, as head coach Mike Mularkey has insisted multiple times. So what exactly does exotic smashmouth look like? We're about to find out.
» Brock Osweiler has been the subject of all requisite preseason hype pieces for new NFL quarterbacks or new starters, and now the proving ground is finally here. This will not be a concrete evaluation, but it will provide a sense of how engrained Osweiler is in this offense.
» Who on Earth emerges at quarterback for the 49ers? Starters at this point are irrelevant since Chip Kelly will hopefully give both Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick a chance to prove their worth. While signs are pointing to Gabbert, it will be obvious early on how interested Kaepernick is at winning the competition.