Training Camp Notes: August 22nd
August 23, 2016 | Ian Goldsmith
Vontae Out, Cromartie In
IDP players take note, the Colts will be without starting CB Vontae Davis for at least a month. According to Adam Schefter, Davis, who has at least three interceptions in five of his seven seasons in the NFL, has ligament damage in his ankle. Ouch. With him out, the Colts have turned to veteran CB Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie did not have the best 2015 campaign. IDP players expecting to draft a player who regularly gets them three or four INTs per season, were given a big fat 0 and just 29 total tackles in 15 games. It would be hard for him to be worse than he was last year, so I suppose that’s one positive.
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Third String’s A Charm?
Why does the Denver QB news always fall on days that I write? Hide your DT’s and Sanders’ folks, because the Denver QB situation is monstrously bad. It’s so bad that Mark Sanchez is in danger of being passed up not only for the starting job, but also for the backup job. Yes, that bad. As of now, Trevor Siemian looks like he has the best shot at the QB1 slot, though that is far from certain. He will be starting this week’s preseason game. Rookie Paxton Lynch could still win the spot as well. Frankly, this makes all the sense in the world. Sanchez isn’t going to lead a team to a championship, so why not see what you have in one of the other two young QBs on the roster? Can they really be any worse?
In an earlier-than-expected move, the Dallas Cowboys have activated RB Lance Dunbar from the Active/PUP list. This is excellent news for Dunbar, but it will be curious to see where he fits into the Dallas RB mix. Ezekiel Elliott will obviously be the workhorse, Alfred Morris looked unstoppable in the Week 2 game against the Dolphins, and Darren McFadden is definitely still in the mix as well. Dunbar was an excellent PPR choice in DFS for a few weeks last year before his injury, so it will be interesting if he can fill a similar type of role this season when the backfield is even more crowded.
Kicker news! Former, Texan and Jet Randy Bullock will get another shot at NFL kicker glory, albeit for one week. The Giants signed him on Monday as they look to find a fill-in for the week of Josh Brown’s suspension.
Former Bill Karlos Williams is still without a home after nobody picked him up off of waivers. If he gets his act together and gets in shape, somebody will pick him up.
Rob Gronkowski is still not practicing, though all signs point to this just being a precautionary move by Belichick and Co. Don’t freak out….yet.
Thomas Rawls should be ready to go Week 1. I’m excited to see what he can do given the lead role. We have seen what he is capable of…
Chip Kelly on who will start Friday’s game for the 49ers….check this interview clip at about the 2-minute mark.