Training Camp Notes: August 1st
August 2, 2016 | Ian Goldsmith
New #3 in San Diego
Stevie Johnson’s injury on Sunday turned out to be a torn meniscus. Though he’ll get a second opinion, he is likely to go under the knife, and there is nearly no chance that he’s on the field to start the season. In his absence, it was assumed that Dontrelle Inman would get the WR3 reps, but instead it has been second-year Western Oregon standout Tyrell Williams working with the first team. Williams saw little time on the field ini his rookie year, catching his only two balls in Week 17…although one of those catches did go for 80 yards and a score. Even if Williams does get the WR3 spot for the Chargers, he is not going to be that fantasy relevant unless Keenan Allen or Travis Benjamin go down.
A Bird in the Hand
Former USC great Reggie Bush has signed a 1-year deal with the Buffalo Bills that is said to be worth up to $3 million. Though he likely won’t have much of a role in the running game, he is apparently in line for a good amount of kick return work. Now that might actually be fun to watch. He’s not going to be fantasy relevant unless McCoy and either Mike Gillislee or Karlos Williams (when back from suspension) go down. Even then, I would likely only see FLEX upside in PPR leagues and wouldn’t touch him in standard.
There is no Stopping the Hype Train
The Arian Foster hype train left the station a week ago. If you haven’t climbed aboard, then you must be worried about his injury history, because you certainly can’t be worried about his status as the #1 RB in Miami. Not only has Adam Gase said that Foster is going to be working with the first team all camp, but Foster’s main competition, Jay Ajayi, got a bone bruise on his knee and will be out for a couple of days. Yes, it’s only a couple of days, but any time missed in a heated competition is a lot of time missed.
I have been pondering for a while about Ben Watson’s status in Baltimore. Though he had an incredible season last year, it was an anomaly. There was no way he would be the #1 in Baltimore, not with the log-jam of talent at the TE position. What a difference a couple of days make. Crockett Gillmore (I always want to spell that with one “l”) injured his hamstring on Friday, and then Dennis Pitta, he of the porcelain frame, went and got his finger sprained in camp yesterday. With Darren Waller suspended for four games, that leaves Maxx Williams as the only real competition at the moment. I’m not saying Watson will come close to his numbers from last season (I don’t think he’ll come anywhere close), but recent events at least have left me believing he’ll be no worse than a TE2.
This just in, Tony Romo isn’t fat, he just doesn’t photograph well.
Cardinals starting WR John Brown is currently going through the NFL’s concussion protocol. Any concussion is a big deal, so expect Arizona to play it safe with their star wideout.
Why do I always write about Denver QBs? Paxton Miller is apparently looking excellent in camp. The QB competition for the Broncs is wide open, and the rookie could steal it.