As National Football League training camps roll into their second full week, coaches and players are getting a feel for position battles that aren't necessarily headline material.
But those who follow these camps closely, such as The Sports Xchange's network of NFL team reporters, are noting these skirmishes.
Here is a closer look at interesting battles on every NFC team:
--Center: Initially, this looked to be a very open competition between veteran A.Q. Shipley and rookie Evan Boehm, but right from the outset of training camp, coach Bruce Arians declared Shipley as No.1 on the depth chart, saying, "It's his job to lose."
If the season were to start today, Arians said Earl Watford, who has been practicing at all five positions on the offensive line, would be the No. 2 center, followed by Boehm.
"He just has so much to learn," Arians said of Boehm, the team's fourth-round pick this year out of Missouri.
As for Shipley, Arians said he was convinced the smallish veteran was a capable starter by watching him fend off Ndamukong Suh during a game against Detroit in 2012 when Shipley was a backup with the Colts. He went in for an injured guard and kept Suh out of the backfield.
"Everybody says he can't do it, but I've been watching him overachieve for a long time," Arians said. "When you're smart and tough, you got half the battle won in this league."
--Middle linebacker: Paul Worrilow vs. Deion Jones. Worrilow is the incumbent, but the Falcons drafted the speedy Jones from LSU in the second round. Worrilow has a better understanding of the defense in his second year in this scheme.
"He's so conscientious, he just wants to do everything right," linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich said.
--Cornerback: Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers "are pretty much set" with rookies James Bradberry and Daryl Worley at the two outside corner positions. Bene Benwikere was expected to move from nickel to a starting job on the outside, but Wednesday was his first practice since he broke his leg last December. Benwikere was in the slot Wednesday and Thursday, and for now, the Panthers appear ready to roll with the rookies on the outside.
--Tight end: With starter Zach Miller out due to a concussion and rookie Ben Braunecker out with ankle injury, five others have the chance to display their skills in an effort to win one or two roster spots.
Incumbent Khari Lee originally was slowed by a sore AC joint but began working his way back into the lineup.
Veteran holdover Rob Housler struggled through a poor Wednesday at camp with two dropped passes. Tony Moeaki began to make plays during last week. His experience as a former player with the Chiefs, Seahawks, Bills and Falcons made him an obvious candidate.
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains noted the progress of Moeaki after Wednesday's practice, indicating he did well adapting quickly to the offense even if he isn't always getting passes thrown his way.
First-year player Gannon Sinclair used his 6-foot-7 frame well, but appeared to struggle adjusting to the football in space while running seam routes or on cover-2 beaters.
Lee appears to be the best option after coming over from Houston for a sixth-round draft pick at the start of last season. Greg Scruggs made the most progress, but started from well behind the others after being converted from defensive end. Then a lung bruise cost him time after he started to catch coaches' attention.
The battle for the last two tight end spots should go on through the final preseason game and might actually be a battle for second tight end if the Bears decide to keep a fullback in place of one of the tight ends.
--Fullback: Rod Smith and Keith Smith are the only fullbacks on the roster. The Cowboys don't do a lot of the two-back set but when they do they need someone capable of handling the job.
Rod Smith is a converted tailback who moved to fullback in the offseason. Keith is a former linebacker who also moved to fullback in the offseason. Keith Smith has physicality the Cowboys like from his days as a linebacker and he also can contribute on special teams which is important for the fullback because he will get limited reps in the regular offense.
Rod has the size to do some things as an H back as well as the fullback. He also can be an option catching the ball out of the backfield. Smith has been running with the starters early on.
--Backup quarterback: When the Lions drafted Jake Rudock in the sixth round out of Michigan, many thought it spelled the end of Dan Orlovsky's time in Detroit. The Lions brought Orlovsky back for his third season as a backup on a veteran minimum contract, and though he is a favorite of Lions coach Jim Caldwell, he has no ties to the front office.
Orlovsky has held off the challenge from Rudock for now, with the veteran taking most of the second-team reps in training camp. It is true, the Lions could keep both players on their 53-man roster, though that hardly seems like general manager Bob Quinn's way.
If there is just one backup quarterback spot to be had, Rudock will have to show he can lead the team in preseason games. The Lions have joint practices next week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, then open exhibition play Aug. 12.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
--Nickel back: Even after allowing Casey Hayward to leave in free agency and learning Demetri Goodson was suspended the first four games of the 2016 season for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, general manager Ted Thompson held firm. He didn't select a cornerback in the draft for the first time in six years.
Thompson covered his bases at the position last year, taking Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins with the team's first two draft picks and subsequently signing LaDarius Gunter as an undrafted rookie. Those three budding players are entangled in a compelling battle early in training camp.
Randall, the 30th overall pick in the 2015 draft, is the incumbent starter on the left side opposite veteran Sam Shields. However, defensive coordinator Dom Capers and cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt are making liberal use of Randall, Rollins and Gunter at the one outside spot and also in the slot when employing their frequently used nickel and dime packages.
"It's training camp -- trying to figure out who can play where," Whitt said. Randall and Rollins have experience on their side after starting 11 and five games (including the playoffs), respectively, as rookies. They also produced last season with a combined six interceptions (four by Randall) with one touchdown return apiece.
Yet, after playing only 11 snaps on defense with zero impact plays in the regular season, Gunter is firmly in the mix this summer to win at least a situational job. His aggressive and rangy skills on the perimeter would free Randall or Rollins to man the slot when Capers goes heavy with the subpackages. Green Bay didn't have a letdown when Gunter stepped in for an injured Rollins in the second half of the opening-round playoff win at the Washington Redskins.
LOS ANGELES RAMS
--Tight End: When the Rams gave up on Jared Cook after a disappointing 2015, it opened the door for a new featured weapon to emerge. And with the Rams desperately wanting a dependable tight end to emerge as a security blanket for first-year quarterback Jared Goff, they need someone to step up from a group of Lance Kendricks, Corey Harkey, Justice Cunningham, Temarrick Hemingway and Tyler Higbee.
Kendricks, for now, is the starter. But Higbee, a fourth-round pick out of Western Kentucky, is rapidly rising up the depth chart and is already working his way into first-team reps. It's easy to see why. The 6-foot-6 Higbee is a big, fast, physical tight end who has already shown he can be a match-up problem against linebackers and safeties. He's catching everything thrown his way and has shown the ability to use is speed to get yards after the catch. Most surprise is his blocking, the lack of which was knocked in college. Turns out it might have been more of a scheme issue than a talent issue. Higbee said he worked on that aspect of the game and it has shows. Kendricks is still the starter, but it's getting harder not to envision he and Higbee pairing up as an effective duo.
--Strong safety: As the Vikings head into their second week of camp, look for the strong safety battle to heat up. The team signed longtime Tennessee Titan and former first-round draft pick Michael Griffin to compete with incumbent Andrew Sendejo.
But, so far, Sendejo has kept a firm grip on the job, based on the consistency with which he has lined up with the first unit while Griffin learns the defense on the second team.
Head coach Mike Zimmer said he needs to see what Griffin can do. Don't be surprised if Griffin gets some extra looks when the team practices with the Bengals in Cincinnati. Sendejo is a scrappy overachiever but the team could use more talent and versatility to allow free safety Harrison Smith to do more things to help the defense.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
--Right defensive end: With second-year pro Hau'oli Kikaha likely out for the season with a knee injury, a competition for the starting job as the Saints' pass-rushing end has developed nicely in the first week of camp.
Three-year veteran Kasim Edebali, an undrafted free agent who recorded five sacks last season, is battling second-year player Obum Gwacham and Davis Tull, who missed his rookie season recovering from shoulder surgery.
Gwacham has more first-team snaps in the early stages of camp after picking up 2.5 sacks in nine games in 2015. Edebali had his turn with the ones Wednesday. Tull also impressed as the Saints seek additional pressure from the right side to go with two-time Pro Bowl pick Cameron Jordan, who mans the left side after registering 10 of the team's 31 sacks last season and has 39 career sacks in five seasons.
At this point, all three youngsters are giving the Saints what they need, which means the competition will likely play out over the next five weeks or so.
NEW YORK GIANTS
--Tight end: In what is one of the most underrated battles of training camp, the Giants tight ends have found themselves at the core of nearly every offensive play. In the hunt are Larry Donnell, Will Tye, Matt LaCosse, Will Johnson and Ryan Malleck.
Head coach Ben McAdoo and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan have literally asked the five players competing at this position to line up everywhere except at quarterback and inside the tackle box in the hopes of adding another dimension to the offense.
McAdoo has not ruled out keeping all five tight ends either if they all perform, noting that he was on a Packers staff which kept an unusually high number of tight ends one year.
--Tight end/fullback: Chris Pantale and Trey Burton battle for the third job. Unlike Chip Kelly while he was head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, newcomer Doug Pederson will use a fullback on occasion this season. Not a typical fullback, but one of the four tight ends he plans on keeping on the roster. Pantale has a slight edge over Burton for that fullback spot at the moment because he's about 20 pounds heavier and a slightly better blocker.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
--Nose tackle: With Ian Williams officially out for the season and Arik Armstead looking like a solid favorite to start at one of the defensive end positions, the 49ers focus their attention at camp on filling their hole in the middle of the line.
Quinton Dial, Mike Purcell and B.J. McBryde are all candidates to claim the starting spot. Glenn Dorsey, who is being brought along slowly following knee surgery, is another possibility.
--Strong-side linebacker: The Seahawks rotated three different players through first-team reps at strong-side linebacker over the first week of camp. Mike Morgan took the first-team reps on the first day of training camp, Eric Pinkins got the second day and Cassius Marsh the third. The cycle has continued to repeat through five days of practice.
"All three guys are doing a really good job," coach Pete Carroll said. "We take a very serious look at them every day trying to see how they are progressing, you know. We are adding up plays, it is going to take a while. We are just going to let those guys have at it and be patient about making the decision; we have plenty of time."
TAMPA BAY BUCANNEERS
Tight end: Cameron Brate vs. Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Brate is with the starters based on his performance last season when he came out of Harvard and, after being released, came back to catch three touchdowns. Seferian-Jenkins finished his first two seasons on IR and has a world of talent, but must work on his craft.
"He's answered the questions -- he has high expectations for himself," coach Dirk Koetter said of Seferian-Jenkins. "As of right now Cam is playing better. Austin still has time to win the job. He said that, I'm saying that now, that's true at any position. I said Adam Humphries is our number three receiver, but if someone plays better than him by the time we get to Atlanta, trust me, they'll be out there."
--Inside linebacker: Mason Foster vs. Perry Riley. Some wondered if Perry Riley, a mainstay in Washington since 2011, would be able to wrestle his starting job back from Mason Foster, who joined the team last September and replaced Riley when he broke his right foot in December. Foster had notable chemistry next to Mike linebacker Will Compton.
Riley required a second surgery to fix his foot in February and wore a walking boot as late as minicamp. But after starting training camp on the PUP list, Riley quickly was activated and is pushing Foster for repetitions with the starters.