Training Camp Notes: August 7th
August 8, 2016 | Matt Terelle
In a bit of good news out of Patriots camp, star wideout Julian Edelman was back in practice in pads today. Edelman underwent offseason surgery on his foot, which he broke during the 2015 season. As always with the Patriots and injuries, no one had any idea how he was progressing and when he would be returning to the field. It is my opinion that Edelman is annually undervalued come draft time as he has WR1 upside in PPR leagues at a third round price tag. With Edelman back, it is reasonable to believe that he will be more than ready for the start of the regular season.
Thomas Rawls Activated
Thomas Rawls passed a physical today and was activated off of the PUP list. The young running back had been sidelined since breaking his ankle during a game this past December. Rawls is expected to be Seattle’s lead back this season after a strong run of games last year while Marshawn Lynch was injured. With Lynch retired and likely on a beach somewhere, look for Rawls to get a majority of Seattle’s backfield work in 2016. Rookies C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins will mix in and Christine Michael will taunt and tantalize us, but the job is Rawls’ going forward. With the clean bill of health, expect his fourth-round ADP to start to rise. You should pounce if you can get him at that price in your fantasy endeavors.
Terrelle Pryor Impressing Browns
ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi reported today that Terrelle Pryor is currently the Browns’ number two receiver. Yes, this is the same player who was a quarterback until a little over a year ago before making the switch to remain in the league. Coincidentally, Browns head coach Hue Jackson was the one who convinced Pryor to make the position change while he was in camp last year with the Bengals, Jackson’s previous employer. Pryor did have an excellent outing in the team’s annual Orange and Brown scrimmage on Saturday as several team beat writers were raving about his performance. The wideout does have the physical tools to be a solid NFL receiver, but there are questions about just how polished he is after playing the position for such a short time. Either way, Pryor should at least be on your radars heading into the season and is worth a waiver claim in deeper dynasty leagues.
The Colts-Packers Hall of Fame preseason game that was scheduled for Sunday night was canceled for an interesting reason. Apparently the paint they used in the end zone congealed. It would have been like playing on tar, according to several reports. It is unknown whether the game will be rescheduled as of now.
Aaron Rodgers revealed today that he thinks star receiver Jordy Nelson will be back sometime in the next week. Nelson has been dealing with a sore knee since last week, although it is not the same knee that he tore the ACL in last preseason. Even if Nelson misses another week or so, all signs point to him being ready for the start of the regular season.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes agreed to a one-year deal to join the Buffalo Bills today. Spikes was out of football last year and this will be his second tour of duty with the Bills. Spikes’ signing comes on the heels of a report that rookie linebacker Reggie Ragland has a partially torn ACL. Spikes is worth a look in IDP leagues if he wins the starting inside linebacker job in Buffalo.