Training Camp Notes: August 17th
August 18, 2016 | Ian Goldsmith
Triple S is Back on Track
After a long rehab from an Achilles tendon rupture, Steve Smith, the ageless wonder, has been activated from the Ravens’ active/PUP list after having passed his physical. Smith had several massive games early in 2015 before going down with injury, including a monster 13/186/2 TD effort against the Bengals. Very few are expecting Smith to get anywhere close to the level of play he exhibited last season, though he should be Baltimore’s WR1 entering Week 1. With Mike Wallace in tow (a potential great deep threat for Flacco), and Kamar Aiken ready to start off the season as hot as he ended it last year, Smith likely won’t have to do as much. Still, if he stays on the field he’s likely worth his current draft position as a low-end WR4/high-end WR5.
No, not Antonio. Settle down. Giants kicker Josh Brown, the #5 fantasy kicker in 2015, will be suspended for the opening game of the 2016 season. Brown was arrested last May for domestic violence, which apparently led to the suspension. I’m sure more details will come out soon, but it is pretty shocking to me that he would have been allowed to play the entire 2015 season without suspension had the NFL been aware. Though, considering how they seemingly apply their rules inconsistently, perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised.
Happy Days for AROD
Because Jordy Nelson has been activated from the PUP list. Packers fans rejoice! Fantasy fans rejoice! After missing all of last season, it must be thrilling for Nelson to be back with his teammates practicing. With a healthy Nelson, slimmed-down Lacy, and the addition of Cook to the TE corps, then the Green Bay offense should again be a force to be reckoned with. They still need to find a reliable WR3, as Jeff Janis is out with injury, and Davante Adams has been continually inconsistent. Jared Abbrederis could still work his way into that #3 spot as well.
Does Jimmy Graham play in Week 1? Who knows? That is according to none other than Pete Carroll. Thanks for the fantasy clarity, Pete. Frankly, I’m happy to see a coach take his time with a player coming back from injury. Graham could play an important role for the Hawks and fantasy owners, but he can’t do it if he reinjures himself. He’s not in the Keep chewin’ that gum, Pete. I have Graham as a mid-tier TE2 as it stands right now.
Coby Fleener practiced with the New Orleans first team offense on Wednesday. This wouldn’t be news if it weren’t for a mistake made the day before on the depth chart that had Fleener as the TE4, which sent Twitter folk into a frenzy.
Raiders rookie RB DeAndre Washington looks to have locked up the RB2 position for his Oakland club. That is going to be a fun offense to watch this season.