Training Camp Notes: August 9th
August 10, 2016 | Justin Edwards
Julian Edelman, oh, man
A disheartening scene developed in New England Tuesday afternoon as the Patriots’ no. 1 WR left the field just two days after being pulled off of the PUP list. During a workout Edelman was seen slamming his helmet to the ground while walking to a cart on the sideline where his lower left leg was looked at by trainer Jim Whelan. He apparently felt “numbness and pins and needles” in his (twice) surgically repaired foot. This is apparently quite common and the tests showed nothing negative. Or is it ‘positive’? Either way, the tests showed nothing. He is expected to be day-to-day but of all wideouts in the league Julian Edelman is probably low on the list of guys that need to perfect their route running this preseason; don’t be surprised if you see a minimal amount of him before Week 1.
Teammate Rob Ninkovich didn’t receive quite the same good fortune, tearing his triceps in the same practice and putting him on a timetable to return sometime around Week 6. This could end up being a pretty hearty blow to the NE pass rush; Rob has played in 111 of the last 112 regular season games and started each of the last 80 for the Patriots.
Melvin Gordon Shining
Being that I own as many MFL10 shares of the Chargers sophomore as anyone in the NFL, I’m always looking for a little fluff to put on top of my cereal. Or whatever the hell you put fluff on. Cookies? I dunno. Anyways, Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken has my back, calling him “more decisive” and claiming he has started to find his groove. Assuming the Chargers’ run blocking can improve at all on their 31st ranked finish last season, Gordon has nowhere to go but up.
Fellow sophomore Tyrell Williams could sneak himself onto the field quite a bit this season if he can work himself past Dontrelle Inman in the battle to take injured Stevie Johnson‘s snaps. Scoring touchdowns on back-to-back passes will certainly help the team’s brass turn their heads.
Giant Veteran Question Mark
Victor Cruz left practice with some groin problems and according to the man himself on whether the setback will affect his ability to play New York’s first preseason game Friday night; “it cloudies it up a little bit”. The former athletic specimen racked up 2,500+ yards from 2011-2012 but hasn’t played a snap of real NFL football in 22 real months. Do not bother with a “late round flier” here, you can simply grab him off waiver wires if you really have to. But even then, just let someone else add him after he catches 3 balls for 42 yards in Week 3.
CJ Prosise missing a ‘ton’
Pete Carroll: “He’s missed a ton, there’s no other way to put it.”
On Thomas Rawls: “I don’t think there’s anybody in better shape than Thomas. He put himself in great, great conditioning. It’ll be hard for us to help him maintain that level.”
Yayyyy, Coachspeak! So, is there anything we can pull from his comments? Maybe, but probably not. Pete’s just talking for talking’s sake. What we do know is that Rawls is activated from the PUP list and running through drills during practice, even if he isn’t involved in 11-on-11’s quite yet. CJ Prosise is on the other end of the spectrum, remaining sidelined with a hamstring problem until at least the 2nd preseason game and possibly longer. Prosise was looking as if he would receive snaps early and often in his rookie season, mainly as a pass catcher, but he could lose that role if someone on this lengthy depth chart can emerge while he’s out.
No Gold Passing to Announce
Not only do we still have no clear picture on who will start against the Rams on Monday Night Football September 12th, no one is sure if it’s Gabbert or Kaepernick starting Sunday’s preseason game. Both are progressing and have been “really good”. Mmhmm. In a selfish fantasy state of mind, we want Colin Kaepernick to win this job back so he can run around on defenses and become a QB1 again, like in 2013 when he threw for <3,200 yards yet finished the season as the QB12. Then again, that was three years ago and Blaine Gabbert really didn’t do that bad with his time in all honesty. If you extrapolate his 8 games last season over a full year you get 4,062-20-14, numbers that would have made him a high-end QB2.
My bet? They run 80% of their plays out of Pistol with Gabbert taking the snap and Kaepernick-Jeff Driskel lining up on either side.
Washington is an organization that made the questionable choice of letting Alfred Morris go and is more or less set to make DVOA’s worst running back of the 2015 season (of 44 RBs) be their bellcow. Well, maybe not. The running back depth chart is a relatively short one after Matt Jones; Chris Thompson (he of 38 career carries and 41 career receptions) and rookie Keith Marshall who has made a good impression with his coaching staff. He’s even asking questions that Matt Jones doesn’t know the answer to! You know, the guy that’s’ been with the team for 16 months? Yeah, that Matt Jones. While Jones will start the year as the unquestioned “workhorse”, but sure to keep your eyes peeled for the rookie. We’ll see how long the incumbent can keep hold of the job.