Training Camp Notes: July 29th
July 30, 2016 | Ian Goldsmith
Today’s the day. All 32 teams will have reported by the time you read this article. Amazingly, Mark Sanchez found a way to get benched before every team reported. The man is truly skilled (Something, something…I’m not making millions of dollars, but could throw fewer interceptions than that guy…something, something). He could very well be riding the bench when the season starts; Denver has nothing to lose by starting either Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch. Anyways, there were more goings-on in the NFL yesterday than the former Trojan’s ineptitude, so let’s get to it.
Green Bay Concerns?
It’s certainly much too early to read too much into player movements, but it is becoming clearer and clearer that all of the offseason love for Jeff Janis might have been a wee bit premature. Early signs are pointing to Davante Adams getting the WR3 slot for the Packers rather than the former Saginaw Valley State standout. While it’s easy to all in love with big games, we should use this opportunity to remind ourselves that one massive game in the playoffs does not a trend make. In other Green Bay news, Packers reporter Rob Demovsky thinks James Starks could be seeing a good number of touches in the early part of the season, though he expects Eddie Lacy to increase his workload as the season wears on. I’ve been pretty high on Lacy so far this season, and though this gives me some pause, I still think that he is primed for a bounce-back season and will attain RB1 status.
Avoid the Ravens Evermore
No, not the entire team. There is certainly value on the team, but not at tight end. Who is going to get the touches? Dennis Pitta? Ben Watson? Crockett Gillmore? Maxx Williams? I still don’t get the Watson signing. It’s not like the front office broke the bank in offering him $7 million over two years, but why add him into the mix when the other three are on the roster? It’s not like he’s going to come anywhere close to matching his stats from 2015, far and away the best season of his career. Perhaps the Ravens merely wanted another healthy body in the mix; Pitta is coming back from injury (though he says he hasn’t lost a step) and Gillmore already injured his hamstring in camp on Friday. When the dust settles, one of these guys may be able to his TE2 status, but I wouldn’t put a wager on it. I’m avoiding all of them in redraft leagues. I suggest you do the same.
The Lure of the South
Houston. Indy….Tennessee. Usually a long-time veteran like Andre Johnson joins a contender as his time as a professional is winding down, but having tried that last year to no avail (and obviously not getting a lot of offers from teams) he has settled into playing for his third AFC South team. Perhaps the lowered expectations (only the Browns have worse odds to win the Super Bowl) will allow him to be relaxed and effective in what will be his 14th season. If nothing else, he will certainly have a chance to mentor the younger receivers on the team.
Other Bits & Pieces
Miami’s Arian Foster will start training camp on the PUP list. This seems like nothing more than a precautionary move at the moment as Foster works his way back from an Achilles’ tendon tear. He seems to have the best chance to take the #1 RB spot for the Dolphins, casting Ajayi aside. I think Foster is in an excellent place to succeed with better surrounding parts than he had in Houston, though he is clearly a risk come draft day due to his injury history.
According to Daniel House at Vikings Corner, Jerick McKinnon is looking faster than ever. Of course, all that speed means nothing if he can’t get any touches. If he could up his reception numbers into the 40-50 range (he’s had 27 and 21 in his first two years, respectively), then he could be a sneaky PPR play in the right circumstances. It’s going to be hard to get that kind of attention, however, sitting behind one of the best RBs to ever play the game.