Training Camp Notes: August 3rd
August 4, 2016 | Ian Goldsmith
You know, Nick Foles dabbled in being a QB for a bit, not in St. Louis of course. He’s not traveling far to join a new team in 2016, having signed a contract on Wednesday to reunite with Andy Reid in Kansas City, where he’ll back up Alex Smith. Smith is ever unappreciated, but Mr. Dink and Dunk is consistently a solid player who is always an excellent option in 2QB leagues. Foles should see little time on the field, but at least Kansas City now has a backup that has actually played a game in the NFL should Smith go down. Here’s hoping Smith stays healthy.
Navorro gets Paid
In other signing news, the San Francisco 49ers have signed Navorro Bowman to a 7-year $77 million contract (he had already been under contract; this extends the current 3-year deal). Bowman, who is consistently an LB1 in IDP leagues, gets $20 million in guarantees. In his last four full years (recall that he didn’t play in 2014), he had over 140 tackles in each season. In two of those seasons, he led LBs in solo tackles. He’ll have plenty of time to rack up the tackles this season with Chip Kelly coming to town. In each of the three seasons Kelly coached the Eagles, Philly defenders spent more time on the field than any other unit. Unless Kelly changes something drastic, Bowman will be getting plenty of opportunities to make IDP players happy.
No Dance for Vance?
Could Vance McDonald lose his starting spot at tight end? I had high hopes for Vance going into this season, but it’s beginning to look like he may not get an opportunity to shine, at least according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, who thinks that Garrett Celek will end up holding down the #1 TE spot when all is said and done. Frankly, there is little reason to draft either at the moment. At best, the player who wins out is a low-end TE2 to mid-TE3 at best. McDonald is currently the 29th/25th TE off the board in standard/PPR leagues. Celek is much further down, but should climb a few rungs on this news.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins looks to have lost his starting spot to Cameron Brate, a third-year TE out of Harvard. ASJ’s offseason issues appear to have worn away any rapport that he had with Bucs coach Dirk Koetter.
Washington WR Josh Doctson should be back within two weeks. The rookie will have a hard time climbing ahead of Jamison Crowder and Pierre Garcon on the depth chart given how much time he will have missed.
Any hope for getting a deal on Sammie Coates is quickly coming to an end. The 2nd year player out of Auburn has been outstanding and, at the very least, looks to have solidified a starting spot in three WR sets. Can he climb to the #2 spot? We’ll see how the rest of camp goes, but even the WR3 on the Steelers is going to be fantasy relevant. He is currently going as a consensus WR6 in standard drafts. Grab him before he ascends.
Everybody’s RB darling Ezekiel Elliott should miss about a week after injuring his hamstring in practice on Tuesday. There is no need to fret, Elliott owners. I personally won’t be drafting him as the fourth RB off the board, but he’s certainly an RB1. With fresh legs and near-guaranteed large workload, he should be helping fantasy owners from day 1.
Apparently Michael Vick wants to play for Dallas. So, um…yeah. I got nothing.