Where and with whom will Peppers line up at D-end?
As far as who will line up opposite Peppers, Israel Idonije and Mark Anderson are both candidates to start, plus it will be time to see if sophomores Jarron Gilbert and Henry Melton are indeed destined for inside-only duty.
Are the injury issues behind Harris once and for all?
Should Harris again be taking more reps from the sideline than he is in the trenches during minicamp, that would be a bad sign and further evidence to suggest his knee and hamstring injuries are somewhat permanent.
Will we see legitimate competition on the strong side?
While Roach deserves a fair shake after getting a $1.64 million tender offer this offseason, Hillenmeyer's best role is as a veteran backup.
Who will emerge as the 12th starter at nickel back?
Manning better plan on heavy competition from both Corey Graham and newcomer Tim Jennings throughout minicamp, and Graham in particular since Jennings has been seeing more time at corner in voluntary workouts.
Is safety any less of a concern than a season ago?
If Afalava – a sixth rounder last year that didn't even get to attend OTAs because he came from a Pac 10 school – can earn a starting job, there is every reason to assume Wright can do the same provided he learns the defense quickly.
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