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HOW WILL THE REPLACEMENT REFS DO?

The NFL locked out players last year and officials this year. Usually, the crews tour training camps and teach teams about the new rules. This summer, they’re the ones doing the learning. A few wrong calls and they’ll certainly hear the cries of “Scab!” from fans and maybe players. Broncos safety David Bruton said: “Nobody wants to get locked out, nobody wants to see anybody get locked out. Everybody wants to see people earn what they’re rightfully supposed to be getting or get better work conditions. And players got that. So, I see a parallel in that sense. But these guys, they’re coming up from the college level. They see high competition, so it’s not like we’re going from elementary school referees to NFL referees.”

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HOW WILL THE CUTLER-MARSHALL REUNION GO?

Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall are together again. The duo was one of the NFL’s most potent connections while they were in Denver. Marshall surpassed 100 receptions and 1,250 yards in each of his two seasons in Denver when Cutler was the primary starter. Neither one got along with former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels and got traded, Cutler in 2009 to the Bears and Marshall a year later to Miami. The Bears acquired the Pro Bowl receiver in the offseason, sending two third-round draft picks to the Dolphins to obtain the No. 1 target they have been lacking for years. The Bears will have to protect the quarterback better, however, if this reunion will be successful.

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HOW WILL THE ROOKIE QUARTERBACKS COME OUT OF THE BLOCKS?

For the first time since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, there could be three rookie starting QBs when the season begins next month. Cam Newton put up outstanding numbers as a rookie in Carolina last year and several more are hoping to make an immediate impact this season, starting with Andrew Luck in Indianapolis. The Stanford star was the top pick in the draft. Two other teams have already entrusted their offenses to rookies: the Washington Redskins with Robert Griffin III and the Cleveland Browns with Brandon Weeden, a 28-year-old former minor league baseball player. Will Miami’s Ryan Tannehill make it four? He’ll have to beat out veterans David Garrard and Matt Moore.

We’ll start to get the answers to all these questions this week.

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