Training Camp Notes: August 4th
August 5, 2016 | Justin Edwards
OK, so it hasn’t happened yet and it’s not sure to happen but if it were to happen, we would happen to enjoy his stock a little more. As an ever consummate professional, McCown mentioned yesterday that he is not “pushing” for a trade but would seemingly accept it if it were to happen. He has previously worn no. 12 as a nod to his admiration of Roger Staubach, for what it’s worth. With Tony Romo‘s main backup Kellen Moore breaking his right fibula earlier this week (out 3-4 months), rookie Dak Prescott being outplayed by UDFA Jameill Showers and free agent stud Nick Foles being signed by Kansas City, Dallas is in a bit of a desperate state for a signal caller. Two of the last six seasons for Romo have been ended prematurely by injury and he has played in all 16 games in only two of the remaining four years over this span. After starting 2015 3-1 under the guidance of Tony they finished the year an astonishing 1-11 (!!!) with Matt Cassel, Brandon Weeden and the aforementioned Kellen Moore throwing the ball around. That ‘team’ completed 61.7% of their passes for 11 TDs, 15 INTs and 2,793 yards, or, 233 yards a game through the final 12. In contrast, Josh McCown completed 63.7% of his passes for 264 yds/gm, 12 TDs and 4 INTs through eight games. Of course these are completely different offenses but those are pretty stark differences.
With Cleveland in full rebuild mode and Dallas in win-now mode (Hello, Ezekiel Elliot) the former could certainly ask for a lot from the latter for a 37 year old backup.
At least this year in Miami we can blame a lack of touches for a young athletic back on the fact that someone else in the backfield is actually much more talented than him. While Lamar Miller averaged 196 carries over the last three seasons despite looking like the ‘real deal’ we were left to scratch our heads in wonder. 2016 will be a different story as Jay Ajayi will be fighting for scraps because another running back on the depth chart is actually much better than him. Not only is Arian Foster a certified Bad Bitch, he’s also already become assimilated with the offensive line, understanding where holes are opening as Ajayi is regulated to the sidelines with a ‘day-to-day’ knee injury. (Update: Ajayi returned to practice this morning but is not 100%) All of my Spring MFL10 rosters will cringe but the no. 1 running back for the Dolphins is Arian and that should ring true for as long as he can stay healthy.
2 Many Tylers
Circling back to Wednesday’s Training Camp Notes real quick, Tyler Kroft‘s injury looks to be a sprained knee and his timetable to return should fall in the 4-6 week range, which would put him right up against the season opener against the Jets on September 11th. Along with H-Back Ryan Hewitt, sophomore TE CJ Uzomah will try to shoulder some of the load for the injured Tylers if they are unable to return in time for Regular Season actions.
Jesus Christine Superstar
“Christine Michael is doing a great job”, “We have to be careful not overworking him. He’s just been on the money throughout.” Said Pete Carroll, a string of sentences I could almost swear I read back in December when they brought him back onto the team. Thomas Rawls remains on the PUP recovering from ankle surgery and CJ Prosise hasn’t taken part of any training camp activities due to a hamstring issue, so Christine has had an opportunity to carry the rock quite a bit in practices. 5th round rookie Alex Collins remains healthy and is getting hand-offs too, but if the season opens like this it’s unlikely Seattle would give the full load to him. This will of course be completely moot if Rawls is actually ready for Week 1, as has been reported for months now.