AP Pro32 ballot from Marvez
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Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Alex Marvez of Foxsports.com:
ALEX MARVEZ (Foxsports.com)
1. New England - An infusion of veteran and rookie talent, especially in front seven and at wide receiver, makes Super Bowl runner-up even more stout entering 2012.
2. Green Bay - Not much changed personnel-wise this offseason. That's OK for team that went 15-1 in regular season before playoff collapse that will serve as this season's motivation.
4. Philadelphia - Relative lack of drama this offseason could make Vince Young's ''Dream Team'' proclamation into reality (albeit one year late for jettisoned Young).
6. New York Giants - It's easy to forget G-Men almost didn't make playoffs last season until late push. Let's see if being defending NFL champions provides early-season motivation.
7. San Francisco - All 11 starters return from one of NFL's stingiest defenses. Question now is whether quarterback Alex Smith and rest of offense can provide enough complementary firepower.
8. Atlanta - Falcons are hoping change of offensive and defensive coordinators leads to first playoff win under head coach Mike Smith.
11. Pittsburgh - How quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will take to new offensive coordinator Todd Haley's system is unknown, but Steelers have certainly improved offensive line and return plenty of defensive talent.
12. Buffalo - NFL's longest active playoff drought (12 seasons and counting) is set to end thanks to defensive upgrades led by free-agent signing of pass-rushing beast Mario Williams and hiring of Dave Wannstedt as coordinator.
13. San Diego - Uncharacteristic flurry of free-agent signings reflects general manager A.J. Smith's realization that he, like head coach Norv Turner, is on hot seat after two years out of playoffs. Team's hopes still rest on arm of quarterback Philip Rivers.
18. New Orleans - Signing of Drew Brees to long-term contract extension is one of few good-news items this offseason for team that entered training camp covered by dark cloud from bounty scandal.
19. Dallas - Until Cowboys find way to consistently win in clutch, this team won't be back in playoffs.
20. Tennessee - Titans aren't world-beaters, but wild-card spot isn't out of question playing in division with downtrodden Indianapolis and Jacksonville.
21. Arizona - Kevin Kolb and John Skelton aren't just competing for starting spot. Winner of that battle must prove he's difference-maker at quarterback or efforts of standout defense will be wasted.
24. Washington - Redskins finally have their quarterback in Robert Griffin III, but RG3 doesn't equal appearance in 2013 Super Bowl.
25. Tampa Bay - At least Bucs should be more disciplined bunch under first-year head coach Greg Schiano.
26. Oakland - First full season post-Al Davis may be rough one with Raiders unable to upgrade roster much because of salary-cap restraints.
27. St. Louis - Rams are off to good start in rebuilding under new head coach Jeff Fisher but still have long way to go.
28. Cleveland - Addition of three rookies (running back Trent Richardson, quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Josh Gordon) give Browns fans reasons for excitement - in 2013.
29. Jacksonville - It may not be fair for second-year player, but quarterback Blaine Gabbert is facing make-or-break season after calamitous 2011 performance.
30. Minnesota - Health of running back Adrian Peterson (knee) leads list of offensive questions.
31. Miami - Real ''Hard Knocks'' will be taking place every Sunday when hapless Dolphins take field.
32. Indianapolis - Welcome to NFL, Andrew Luck.
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