NFC Campers of the Week

Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

Both veterans and rookies in NFL training camps know that making a good first impression can go a long way.
So, with camps still in early production, The Sports Xchange asked team correspondents to report on those players making a good first impression -- the Camper of the Week.
As expected, results from the National Football Conference show that veterans and rookies have something to prove.
Some veterans aren't giving up their job easily, such as offensive tackle Rodger Saffold, who is showing he can play right tackle for the St. Louis Rams after being moved out of his starting job on the left side.
At the other end of the spectrum, undrafted rookie wide receiver Martel Moore is waging an impressive battle for a job with the Atlanta Falcons.
Here is a review of each NFC team's COW near the end of the first week of camp (listed alphabetically):

Arizona Cardinals -- Wide receiver Michael Floyd.
The 15th overall draft pick in 2012, Floyd had an underwhelming rookie year -- 45 catches, 562 yards and two touchdowns. But he seems to have improved over the offseason. Under the tutelage of receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Floyd appears to be in better shape and he's improved his route-running, especially at intermediate distances. Quarterback Carson Palmer has thrown deep to him at least three times in the first days of practice, completing all three. Floyd and Fitzgerald could give the Cardinals two big, physical threats at receiver.
Atlanta Falcons -- Wide receiver Martel Moore.
An undrafted rookie from Northern Illinois, Moore has won some of his battles in one-on-one passing drills early in training camp. At 6-0, 183 pounds, Moore is running his routes fluidly and making great cuts. He helped to lead the Huskies to the Orange Bowl last season with 1,083 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns.
Carolina Panthers -- Wide receiver Ted Ginn.
Ginn caught just two passes for one yard in 2012 with the San Francisco 49ers, but he has a great shot to increase those numbers significantly with the Panthers. Ginn was mostly limited to punt and kickoff return duties with the 49ers. He flashed deep speed in OTAs this spring and continues to look good in camp.
Chicago Bears -- Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
Jeffery, a second-round draft pick last year, and Brandon Marshall line up as the top two receivers. Jeffery had injury issues last year in OTAs this spring, but has been impressive early in camp. Veteran Earl Bennett, a former starter, comes off the bench and is best suited for the slot.
Dallas Cowboys -- Running back Lance Dunbar.
Dunbar has impressed enough early to move into the backup spot behind DeMarco Murray, a job that is supposed to go to rookie draft pick Joseph Randle. Dunbar has been the most impressive back in camp not named Murray. Randle is still expected to get the backup job because he is bigger, but Dunbar will have a role as a third-down back. The Cowboys like his speed and want to get him the ball in space.
Detroit Lions -- Cornerback Bill Bentley.
The second-year player has been flying around during team drills getting his hands on a lot of balls. The Lions seem to have settled on Bentley as their nickel back, which means he could be on the field for 50 percent of the snaps. He won the starting right cornerback spot as a rookie last season before a shoulder injury ended his season.
Green Bay Packers -- Defensive end Datone Jones.
During the first practice in pads Sunday after two days in shorts, Jones showed why he was the team's first-round draft pick this year. On several plays, he displayed the speed and explosiveness that made him a star at UCLA. He also demonstrated that adding 15 pounds to about 295 is beneficial in live drills as he gets extensive action alongside B.J. Raji as the situational pass-rushing down lineman.
Minnesota Vikings -- Wide receiver Joe Webb.
Webb looked awful as a quarterback at the end of last season, but he's looking good so far as a receiver at the start of training camp. The 6-4, 220-pound Webb played some receiver in college and at the Senior Bowl, but is still very raw when it comes to route-running and other nuances of the position. However, he has thorough knowledge of the entire offense, has excellent hands and is on a team starving for depth at receiver.
New Orleans Saints -- Safety Kenny Vaccaro.
The Saints' first round draft pick, Vaccaro, a versatile safety, was impressive in the first few practices. Whether he was lining up deep in the secondary or covering the slot receiver in the nickel, Vaccaro showed up time after time as an aggressive, feisty player. He may become an impact player on a defense that needs one.
New York Giants -- Cornerback Prince Amukamara.
Amukamara recorded the first interception of training camp and has been on fire since. Amukamara has started to show the aggressiveness that the team initially liked when they scouted him at Nebraska. In the last two years, Amukamara was the target of criticism by teammates who thought he needed to be more assertive. In this camp, the third-year pro's confidence is at an all-time high and it shows.
Philadelphia Eagles -- Cornerback Brandon Boykin.
The 5-9 Boykin was the team's nickel corner last year as a rookie and played well. But he's had an outstanding start to camp, breaking up passes all over the field, and wants to compete for a starting job on the outside.
St. Louis Rams -- Offensive tackle Rodger Saffold.
Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Saffold was switched from left to right tackle after the signing of free agent Jake Long. Saffold wasn't happy initially, but accepted the move and is doing well. Said offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer: "In the spring there were some growing pains I think, but he's come back and he obviously worked extremely hard over the break. He's really looked good at right tackle in training camp these four days."
San Francisco 49ers -- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
In the beginning of his first full season as the No. 1 quarterback, Kaepernick needed to show he was in charge. He has. Kaepernick says he doesn't really care how he is labeled as a quarterback -- referring to his abilities in the run option. But he leaves no doubts about his abilities for those who watch him throw consistently with strength and accuracy in camp. And, although he replaced a popular quarterback in Alex Smith, Kaepernick has won the respect of teammates by showing his own natural abilities as a leader.
Seattle Seahawks -- Wide receiver Doug Baldwin.
With Percy Harvin undergoing hip surgery and possibly being sidelined until Thanksgiving, and Sidney Rice in Switzerland to have knee issues examined, Baldwin made several plays working as Seattle's slot receiver with the first unit. The leading receiver for the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie free agent two years ago, Baldwin generated some interest from teams who wanted him in a trade. The team's unwillingness to part with Baldwin has proved a good decision given early depth concerns.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Cornerback Johnthan Banks.
With the departure of veteran Eric Wright, Banks, a second-round pick from Mississippi State, has stepped into the starting role opposite Darrelle Revis. Banks is still very raw, but his instincts and ball skills are obvious. In one early 11-on-11 period he fell off his man to drop into a hole in the zone and intercepted a pass. Banks is competing for the spot with former Iowa State cornerback Leonard Johnson, his roommate at training camp and an unrestricted free agent a year ago.
Washington Redskins -- Cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
Until Tuesday, Hall was extremely impressive trying to regain his job after being cut for salary-cap reasons after a poor 2012 season. He watched the team sign a free-agent corner and draft another in the second round. After earning early Camper of the Week honors with two interceptions last Friday, he was sidelined by a badly sprained right ankle Tuesday. He says he may miss the rest of training camp, and that will be very bad for his career. The three-time Pro Bowler can only hope he recovers quickly and this COW honor is not his last.

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