I was at Borders this afternoon, and two things caught my attention:

1. They have sensors near the restroom to make sure you don't take any reading material in, which would likely get you flagged like George Costanza at book stores throughout the country.

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2. Fantasy football magazines are on the shelves.

This is a legitimately exciting day for me every year. I know baseball season is in full swing, but it's never too early for football. When I see those magazines on the shelves each year, I know training camp is just around the corner.

That means pretty soon it will be time for rankings, drafts and football season when we can commence wondering what Chris Berman is talking about as he runs through highlights every Sunday night for 17 weeks.

Ahh, I really can't wait.

That being said, it's time to start thinking about the 2007 season. To get things started, I'm going to run through a relevant question for each NFL team, division-by-division over the next couple weeks. We'll see where things go from there. If there's anything you'd like to see me blog about to get you ready for your draft, feel free to chime in.

Without further ado, here are questions surrounding NFC East teams:

Philadelphia Eagles - How high should quarterback Donovan McNabb be ranked?

In ESPN.com leagues, McNabb ranked as the No. 7 quarterback. In my league, he was No. 12. However, he only played in 10 games because of a knee injury. McNabb had four 300-yard games, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. The good news is that he looks like he'll be 100 percent entering 2007. McNabb's a lock to be productive when healthy and has a very good offensive line. The bad news is that he's missed 13 games over the past two seasons, and the Eagles lost probably their most dangerous receiver in Donte Stallworth. Also, keep in mind that Philadelphia excelled last season when their offense was balanced, which could mean fewer passing yards for McNabb. All things considered, McNabb is worth the risk. He should be among the top six or seven quarterbacks off the board. If he stays healthy, McNabb can be one of the game's top fantasy producers. Just make sure you have a solid backup.

Dallas Cowboys - Is Terrell Owens worth the trouble?

From McNabb to T.O. Seems fitting right? Owens led the league in drops last season, but unless you play in some crazy league where receivers are penalized for that, it doesn't hold much significance. What does matter is that T.O. ranked among the top-five fantasy wideouts last season, catching 85 balls (his highest total since 2002) for 1,180 yards and a league-leading 13 touchdowns. He's 33 years old, but nobody stays in better shape than Owens. I'm not sure exactly where I'll rank him in the next couple months, but Owens is definitely a top-10 receiver. Don't let personal feelings get in the way. Unless Tony Romo fizzles out completely, Owens will be a solid producer.

New York Giants - With Tiki Barber gone, who gets the touches at RB?

Let's take a second to appreciate Barber as a great fantasy performer over the past five or six seasons. He was tremendous in 2006, racking up over 2,100 rushing/receiving yards to go along with five touchdowns. He carried 327 times and caught 58 passes. So who gets those touches this season? At the end of 2006, I thought the answer would be simple: Brandon Jacobs. After all, Jacobs showed flashes of brilliance last seasson, rushing for nine touchdowns and averaging 4.4 yards per carry. After Barber announced his retirement, I liked the prospects of Jacobs being a solid fantasy producer in 2007. Then the Giants had to go and make things complicated by trading for Reuben Droughns. The former Browns running back was pretty bad last season, rushing for 758 yards and averaging just 3.4 yards per carry. This will be a major storyline to watch during training camp. Do the Giants trust Jacobs to be the No. 1 guy? Will they split carries? Will Droughns be used more as a fullback? Answers to these questions will determine when both players should be selected.

Washington Redskins - How will Ladell Betts' 2006 performance affect Clinton Portis' value?

Portis went down last season -- playing in just eight games -- and Betts filled in superbly. Washington's backup running back piled up 1,599 rushing/receiving yards and averaged 128 yards on the ground over the last six weeks of the season. Portis, meanwhile, found the end zone seven times in eight games. He's battled knee tendinitis, and Portis' condition will be something to keep an eye on during training camp. If he's healthy, you have to believe Portis will be the main guy in Washington, but owners who draft him also need to grab Betts. Needless to say, Portis' value is not as high as it's been in the past.

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