Training Camp Notes: August 16th
August 17, 2016 | Justin Edwards
Matt Forte not concerned
From his own mouth, Matt Forte will “definitely” be suiting up for the Jets regular season opener against the Bengals. The pass-catching phenom who has spent the last eight seasons with the Bears missed three games with an MCL injury and upon his return saw the much younger Jeremy Langford had more or less taken his job as the lead back. His recent hamstring problems have been even more minor that last year’s injury but it seems as if his new team doesn’t want to take a chance with the 30-year old back taking meaningless snaps. It would be nice from fantasy perspective to see him take the field at some point in the next three weeks to see what sort of job the running backs behind him will be taking. Bilal Powell is his immediate backup on the depth chart but his “game” is in pass catching, having caught 47 balls as a third down back behind Chris Ivory in 2015. The problem in that respect is the fact that Forte has caught 220 balls in 45 games since 2013. While Bilal will hopefully be closer to his career high 176 carries than the ’15 total of a measley 70, it is still to be determined if they use his 5’10” frame at all in the red zone (zero carries from within the 10 last season). One thing is definite; they will both eat into each other’s upside.
Dorial now wears Green…..Beckham.
After being buried in the depth chart after slightly more than one season with the team that drafted him, Tennessee decided to trade Dorial off to another WR-hungry team in Philadelphia in exchange for offensive lineman Dennis Kelly. While on first glance this seems to hurt DGB’s fantasy stock, it was actually the Eagles who inquired about the trade, possibly to bolster their outside wide receivers after many failed attempts among their roster, including Jordan Matthews, Reuben Randle, and possibly even the disappointing play of their own 2nd year man Nelson Agholor. What this boils down to is; he left one mostly pitiful group of wide receivers with a great tight end and joined a very similar group of mostly pitiful wide receivers with a great slot guy. If he can get himself on the field before the season starts we should be looking at Philadelphia’s new large bodied threat. That doesn’t seem to ring any better than him being Tennessee’s mostly new large bodied threat. This somehow doesn’t change my perspective on him outside of the fact that a team liked him so little that they didn’t mind getting rid of him.
San Francisco owns the 2011 draft class
And it’s not pretty. After signing Christian Ponder today, they now have the 10th, 12th and 36th overall picks from the 2011 draft class; Blaine Gabbert, Ponder, and Colin Kaepernick, respectively. The only other QB taken in that span? Andy Dalton. Maybe you should start gambling on a higher floor guy, SF? Ya know, maybe someone like….Alex Smith?
John Brown has not cleared concussion protocol
In what can never be construed as good news, the Cardinals’ biggest deep ball threat hasn’t practiced since July 31st when he was first put through the concussion protocol. I can’t speculate on the long or short term ramifications because I don’t know a damn thing about how concussions work. This will be a situation worth monitoring going forward, though. It would be a shame if this lasted until the regular season began. In such a situation it would boost the value of Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and to a smaller degree JJ Nelson and Jaron Brown.
Phillip Dorsett: Indy’s WR3
In case you had any remaining pessimism about Dorsett being Andrew Luck’s no. 3 option (or 4 if you think Dwayne Allen will garner that many targets) this article should help make climb over those boundaries. There are exactly zero wide receivers on the Colts’ roster at the moment who will even sniff the field in three-wide sets barring an injury; most of the rest of the depth chart is simply fighting for Special Teams’ snaps. That competition is currently comprised of Tevaun Smith – a UDFA from Iowa, Quan Bray – a UDFA who turned into a punt returner last season, and a group of three other UDFA rookies. All fighting for two roster spots. If Andrew Luck is tossing 600+ attempts this season, which is very likely, the third option in the passing game could pay some very nice dividends.
Denver’s starting quarterback for Week 1 is…..
not Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiller. But that’s about all we know. Oddly enough, the Broncos’ 2nd preseason game will be against the San Francisco 49ers, another team that is having a hard time deciding which mediocre quarterback they would like to have under throwing their receivers. Either John Elway doesn’t know who he wants as his starter or his blowing fat smokes up his opponents’ asses when he says things like “I think the key thing is to be patient with it, stay objective, and that’s why I’m not trying to sit there and keep putting them in order…”. We’ll be sitting patiently, waiting to see which of these QBs that we will never use gets elected for the starting job. The thing that you and I and everyone else should be worried about is this; which guy provides the largest upside for one of the best WR tandems in the league: Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.