New York Giants (11-6)
Open camp: Friday, Quest Diagnostics Training Center, East Rutherford, N.J.
Last year: Turnaround season in Ben McAdoo's first year as coach. Surprisingly, it was defense that carried team. S Landon Collins had MVP-type year in his second season. Additions of DE Olivier Vernon and DT Damon Harrison and return of DE Jason Pierre-Paul to form after 2015 fireworks accident transformed Steve Spagnuolo's unit. Offense, which led team in 2015 with McAdoo as coordinator, was major disappointment. Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning was under too much pressure and there was no running game to help. Giants won close games: New York had eight wins by seven points or less. Its biggest winning margin was 14. Only time it was blown out was in wild-card game by Packers, game overshadowed by Odell Beckham Jr. and other receivers taking ill-advised boating trip in Florida on off day during week before contest game. General manager Jerry Reese told Beckham to start maturing in season-ending interviews.
Camp needs: While defense went from one of NFL's worst to very good unit, offense went downhill. Line was bad, running game was nonexistent, and Manning rarely had third option at receiver outside of Beckham and Sterling Shepard. With exception of Newhouse, line returns. Entering third season, LT Ereck Flowers has to start playing like first-round pick. Either Bobby Hart or Fluker will replace Newhouse. Hope is fleet Engram proves difficult matchup at tight end, and Marshall gives Manning third option. Second-year pro Paul Perkins expected to replace Jennings. Spagnuolo needs to find safety (Darian Thompson, Andrew Adams) to play opposite Collins, and DT (Tomlinson, Jay Bromley) to play beside All-Pro Harrison. Rosas has big leg but he has never kicked in regular-season game. Will Giants go fishing for veteran on waiver wire after final cutdown?
Expectations: If defense plays as well as last year and offense returns to 2015 form, Giants can challenge Cowboys in NFC East. New York should make playoffs for second straight year after missing five in row.
New England Patriots (17-2)
Camp: Opens Thursday, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
Last year: Nothing stopped New England in 2017. Not Tom Brady finally serving his four-game Deflategate suspension to begin season. Not Rob Gronkowski's season-ending back surgery in December. Not even its 28-3 Super Bowl deficit to Atlanta, which it overcame to complete largest comeback in Super Bowl history and capture franchise's fifth ring. Lots of things went right along way. Brady continued to defy his age at 39 to throw 28 TDs and just two INTs. RB LeGarrette Blount finally put injuries behind him to post league-best 18 rushing TDs and anchored Patriots' potent ground game. Bill Belichick also got most out of defense that allowed league-low 15.6 points during regular season, with LB Dont'a Hightower and S Devin McCourty earning Pro Bowl nods.
Camp needs: Patriots made decision to give Gilmore big money, while opting not to lock up Malcolm Butler long term. How duo coexists in secondary this summer will be scrutinized. What happens on defensive line and linebacker is also worth watching. Trey Flowers' strong 2017 season, combined with trade acquisition of Ealy, should lessen sting of Sheard and Long's departures. At linebacker, how Patriots use newcomer David Harris could take some of burden off Hightower.
Expectations: Even with Brady turning 40 early in camp, there are no signs he is showing his age. Patriots improved mightily on offensive line last season and were able to shield Brady from punishment he incurred two years ago. They'll have top eight players returning from that group. How will departure of Blount affect offense? Lots riding on addition of Gillislee and Rex Burkhead to fortify strong group that already includes Super Bowl hero James White and Dion Lewis.
New York Jets (5-11)
Open: Friday, Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, Florham Park, N.J..
Last year: Poor quarterback play, key injuries and inconsistency derailed season early after starting with high hopes following 2015 campaign that ended win shy of playoffs in promising first year under Todd Bowles. Ryan Fitzpatrick couldn't duplicate success of previous season when he set franchise record with 31 TD passes. Veteran QB finished with 12 TDs and 17 INTs while being benched twice. Brandon Marshall had drop in production because of instability at QB, with fewest catches (59) since rookie season. Eric Decker played only three games before shoulder injury. Darrelle Revis had stunning decline that contributed to shaky secondary, and Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson had subpar seasons on defensive line. Starting C Nick Mangold, LT Ryan Clady and RT Breno Giacomini all had season-ending injuries that kept offensive line in flux. Defensive lineman Leonard Williams was one of few bright spots, making first Pro Bowl after leading team with seven sacks. Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa emerged as key playmaker.
Important additions: QB Josh McCown, CB Morris Claiborne, rookie Ss Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, OL Kelvin Beachum, LB Demario Davis, K Chandler Catanzaro, offensive coordinator John Morton, outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene.
Important losses: WRs Marshall and Decker, CB Revis, C Mangold, QB Fitzpatrick, LT Clady, RT Giacomini, LB David Harris, QB Geno Smith, K Nick Folk, S Calvin Pryor, S Marcus Gilchrist, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.
Camp needs: All eyes will be on QBs, recurring theme in recent years for Jets. McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg enter camp in three-man competition for starting job. McCown signed one-year, $6 million deal in offseason to possibly start and serve as mentor to Petty, entering third season, and Hackenberg, second-rounder last year. Jets need to find out if Petty or Hackenberg can be franchise QBs, or search for signal caller could continue in draft next year. Lots of new faces on both sides of ball will need summer to mesh, particularly on offense where Morton is installing system with some West Coast tendencies. Adams and Maye will get plenty of work and could be starting safeties in Week 1.
Expectations: Jets likely in for rough season. GM Mike Maccagnan shed roster of several high-priced, big-name players in massive rebuild — giving many young players chances to step up, also making for lack of overall experience on roster. While Maccagnan has eye on future, Bowles could be coaching for job despite not having a lot to work with.