Training Camp Notes: August 5th
August 6, 2016 | Matt Terelle
Dion Not Yet Ready for Primetime
According to reports, Patriots running back Dion Lewis is the only Patriots player who has not yet been spotted at training camp. The Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick are notoriously stingy with injury news, so don’t expect any official team updates about Lewis’ knee during the preseason. Some rumors surfaced today that Lewis may open the season on the PUP list, meaning he would miss the first six weeks of the season. Later a conflicting report came out that Lewis will not have to open the season on the PUP list. This is a situation that could get increasingly confusing for fantasy players, but the glimpses of upside which Lewis gave us last year may make it all worth it in the end. Lewis has legitmate RB1 upside in PPR leagues if he plays a full season. Stay tuned to this one.
Cardinals Extend Two Key Veterans
The Cardinals worked out extensions with Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald today, which will keep the duo together in Arizona through the 2017 season. The Palmer resigning is good news for anyone who owns any skill player on the Cardinals. We all remember the Drew Stanton/Ryan Lindley era in 2015 while Palmer was sidelined with a torn ACL. Fitzgerald’s presence slightly caps the upside of Michael Floyd and John Brown, but the trio of talented wideouts have already shown that all three of them can be productive while on the field together. Meanwhile, young speedster J.J. Nelson will have to continue to wait his turn.
Eagles Offense Almost Grounded Today
The Eagles had two of their star offensive players give them injury scares in camp today. Jordan Matthews took a hit on the knee from Jalen Mills in practice and went down, raising concerns that the injury was serious. According to Eagles coach Doug Pederson, Matthews’ knee is fine and he expects the receiver to just be sore for a couple days. Don’t be surprised if he misses a practice or two in the meantime. Tight end Zach Ertz took a shot to the head and was evaluated for a concussion, but those tests came back negative. Ertz later took some of his younger teammates to task for the hits, stating to the media they needed to stop hitting so low.
Tyler Eifert Not Expected to be Ready at the Start of the Season
According to a report on Bengals.com by beat writer Geoff Hobson, tight end Tyler Eifert is not expected back until early in the regular season. The team has not given a firm timetable on Eifert’s return, but this report at least offers an idea about when the star tight end can be expected back. Eifert’s absence, along with the offseason departures of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, sets A.J. Green up for a massive season. Look for Green to get all the work he can handle early on in the year. In the same report about Eifert, Hobson went on to rave about rookie tight end C.J. Uzomah. Uzomah stands 6-6 and ran a 4.65 second 40-yard dash before the draft. Hobson called Uzomah the player of the day at practice on Friday. He’s a name worth remembering, especially in deep dynasty leagues if he continues to flash in camp.
Other Camp Notes
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones stated today that he is not concerned at all about Ezekiel Elliot’s hamstring injury. Jones even went so far as to say it wasn’t even an injury and instead referred to the issue as “some tightness and soreness”. Elliot’s injury is far enough away from the start of the regular season that it shouldn’t affect his fantasy outlook heading into the season.
Odell Beckham returned to practice on Friday after sustaining some cuts to his lower leg earlier in the week. He missed three practices.
Veteran wideout Lance Moore signed with the Falcons today. His roster spot is not guaranteed as he will do battle with several other camp hopefuls for the right to watch Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu catch passes ahead of them.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Eric Rogers tore his ACL today and will miss the 2016 season. You may remember Rogers from his CFL days as he starred for the Calgary Stampeders. With Chip Kelly calling the shots on offense, all 49ers pass catchers are worth monitoring to differing extents during training camp. Unfortunately we will have to wait until 2017 to see if Rogers can translate his CFL success to the NFL.