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Defenses may start '11 season in a hole

Player-organized workouts during lockout favor offenses; little defenders can do

Originally Published: May 23, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Once the labor problems end and football starts again, it will be interesting to follow the state of defenses.

Players around the league are trying to train together as teams -- some successfully, others less so. But offensive players have the advantage. It's much easier to organize seven-on-seven passing drills as opposed to drills to shape up defensive linemen and linebackers.

It will be fascinating to see how an offseason of rest and healing affects defensive players. They tend ...

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