Training Camp Notes: August 19th
August 20, 2016 | Ian Goldsmith
Le’Veon Back Week 4
As a Chiefs fan, damn. As a fantasy owner, woohoo! The NFL decided to reduce Le’Veon Bell’s suspension from four games to three. Why? Frankly, I’m not exactly sure. I’ve read a number of articles and can’t really synthesize it into a one-sentence synopsis, so I’m not going to try. It’s convenient for the league that one of their major stars is going to be available in a nationally televised, primetime Sunday night game, though. Kansas City vs. Pittsburgh with all healthy stars will be quite the draw. With an extra game to play, there is even more of a case to be made to draft Bell towards the end of the 1st round, which I’ve seen often enough even with the suspension at the previous four games. DeAngelo’s value takes a bit of a hit here, of course.
Once again, Dallas backup QB Dak Prescott, the 135th pick in this year’s draft, was absolute lightning on the field. Playing against the Dolphins, the specDAKular Prescott was 12/15 for 199 yards and 2 TDs through the air, to go along with 28 yards and an additional 2 TDs on the ground. My goodness. Through two games this preseason he has 6 TDs and only 5 incompletions! Yowzas! He has been, by far, the best offensive player in the NFL through two weeks…that is not hyperbole. Unfortunately for him, he’s stuck behind Romo on the depth chart. Barring an injury, it may be a couple of years before we get to see the former Mississippi State star shine in primetime.
Jones Out Week 1?
It looks like Chris Thompson and, perhaps, Keith Marshall or Rob Kelley may get a chance to shine early in the season. On Friday night, Washington starting RB Matt Jones suffered a shoulder sprain during a game against the Jets. The second-year player out of Florida has been being drafted as a low-end RB2 so far, though he will likely fall into RB3 territory with this injury news. For what it’s worth, coach Jay Gruden doesn’t think Jones will be out that long.
In news that doesn’t really matter, Adrian Peterson is unsure whether he’ll get playing time in the preseason.
Larry Fitzgerald has a knee sprain. It is apparently minor, but it will be good to keep an eye on. Fitz still has excellent value, but he did take a bit of a back seat to Michael Floyd after Week 11 last season. The Arizona offense should be a thing of beauty to watch this season.
“I feel like being in this offense, I can catch a lot balls, score a lot of touchdowns.” – Dorial Green-Beckham. Uh huh.
The Kansas City Star’s Blair Kerkhoff offers a look into who will win the battle to start at cornerback opposite IDP star Marcus Peters. When healthy, the Chiefs DST should be stellar, but this is one position of worry at the moment.