Training Camp Notes: August 15th August 16, 2016  |  Ian Goldsmith


Gronk with the Scare

Everybody in the fantasy world got a bit of a scare on Monday when Rob Gronkowski, he of his own tight end tier, left practice with a potential injury. Whatever the injury was, Ian Rapoport has assured us that it is indeed minor. You can all exhale and put heartbeats at rest. Unless this “minor” injury is just another Belichick ruse, you can safely draft Gronk in round 1.

 

Kaepernick Still a Ways Off

It certainly seems like Blaine Gabbert is going to start against the Rams in Week 1 for Chip Kelly’s supercharged 49ers. He’s not getting much of a fight from Colin Kaepernick, who was injured during practice last week and who, according to Adam Schefter, is dealing with 2015 Peyton Manning syndrome: a dead arm (though PFT’s Mike Florio believes that may just be a ruse). The once-exciting Nevada product, who stole a job from an injured Alex Smith and never gave it back, has never really been a consistent fantasy threat, even in his best season in 2013. He has a lot of work to climb is way back to NFL relevance.

 

The Great IDP Massacre of 2016

While they not be in their prime anymore, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers,  and James Harrision (along with free agent Mike Neal), still hold value to their respective teams. Yet, they may have to start the season on the sidelines if Roger Goodell has his way. The four players have been long asked to be interviewed in regards to PED use, but had not been required to under current rules. Now that Goodell and Co. have won their case against Brady, they feel as if they have carte blanche to do whatever they please. Great. Packers fans might be sweating this a bit, as they’d lose two starters for a few weeks should they not cooperate.

 

Other Notes

The Bills are apparently happy with their WR situation, and have cut Leonard Hankerson.

Jeff Janis, who for some reason had climbed up a number of people’s WR charts earlier this summer based on a couple of incredible playoff grabs, will miss at least 4-6 weeks and will likely start the season on the PUP list, basically ending any chance that he will play a major role for the Packers, at least in the first half of the season.

Is Ronnie Hillman in trouble of making the Broncos’ 53-man roster, or is this just a motivational ploy from Coach Kubiak?

It looks like Latavius Murray will see an increase in carries this year. That Oakland offense is beginning to look like a fantasy wonderland.

 

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