Training Camp Notes: August 8th August 9, 2016  |  Ian Goldsmith


Ebron Avoids Paris’ Wrath

So much for the early calls of woe; it looks as if Eric Ebron will be nothing more than a little worse for the wear. Fearing an Achilles tear, it Ebron was seen walking around at practice – without any visible support…Sure looks pretty healthy for a guy whose season was declared over by the masses. What we do know is that he has an ankle sprain. We can speculate all we want as to how long he’ll be out, but the main takeaway is that it looks like he could be ready for Week 1. If he sees no further setbacks, it looks like we’re looking at the solid TE2 with TE1 upside that everybody was touting just a few days ago before the injury.

 

Duck Shall Fly?

Dion Jordan, the former third overall pick from the 2013 draft, is now allowed to practice with his Miami teammates, this after having been reinstated from his year-long suspension about a week and a half ago. Jordan, the former star out of Oregon, was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The Dolphins’ DE has failed to impress in two seasons of actual play, with only three sacks and fewer than 50 tackles in 26 career games: Ouch. Those kind of numbers do not an IDP star make. He enters camp this year with a knee injury, so he’ll have to wait before stepping onto the field. Will be ever be IDP worthy? I personally don’t see it right now, but I’ll never completely bet against a guy to right the ship. Whatever team one roots for, it’s good to root for people.

 

Denver DST Worries?

It’s hard to stay king in the NFL. The Denver Broncos, already dealing with a less than stellar QB situation, may have to deal without Aqib Talib for at least the first eight games of the season. Yes, the former Kansas Jayhawk standout (no, that phrase is not always oxymoronic in football) may be sitting on the sidelines, which would leave the Broncos a pretty big hole in the secondary. Talib has gone to the Pro Bowl in three straight seasons, has thrice had multiple defensive TD seasons, and is responsible for my favorite play in Jayhawk football history! Orange Bowl Champions! Woo! I digress….a lot. Anyways, if you were thinking of drafting Talib in your IDP league, you may soon change your mind. As for the Denver DST as a whole…well, I won’t bet against any team with Von Miller.

 

Other Notes

Is this the year for an RGIII resurgence? Well, he’ll get his chance. Robert Griffin III has officially been named the starter for the Cleveland Browns. Buckle up, fake footballers. With Terrelle Pryor listed as a starter, and Josh Gordon coming back after four weeks of suspension, the stories will seemingly write themselves in Cleveland this year.

Who is the RB2 in Denver behind C.J. Anderson? Is Ronnie Hillman going to win it? How about rookie Devontae Booker? I have no clue, but it would be good to get some clarification soon. I’ve never really been sold on Anderson, and think that one of the backups could easily take over should he start out as slowly as he did last season.

Could Jordan Matthews miss the start of the season? It certainly is a possibility, as it was reported that a bone bruise will keep the Eagles wideout out two to four weeks. If he can’t start the season on time, it will be the Nelson Agholor, Rueben Randle, and Chris Givens show in Philly. Yeesh.

 

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