Training Camp Notes: July 31st
August 1, 2016 | Matt Terelle
Odell, Don’t Do That to Us Again
Fantasy players around the world got a big scare today as Odell Beckham, Jr. went down in practice. He got tangled up with cornerback Janoris Jenkins on a deep pass and limped off the field with what looked like a left leg injury. It turns out we can rest easy as head coach Ben McAdoo stated that Beckham just got cleated and has a few cuts on his leg. What you just heard was a collective sigh of relief across the fantasy landscape as the star receiver should be set to return to practice soon.
Well, That Was Quick
Arian Foster’s stay on the Dolphins’ PUP list was short as he was activated by the team today and took part in Adam Gase’s conditioning test. According to those in attendance, Foster “annihilated” said conditioning test, indicating that he’s fully healed from a torn Achilles’ suffered during last season. By all accounts, Foster had an excellent day of practice which is not good news for those on the Jay Ajayi bandwagon. Foster could very well end up as the team’s clear-cut starter by the time camp breaks, although Ajayi will still hold value as Foster hasn’t exactly been durable over the past few seasons. While Foster is healthy, however, he should shine brightly. Gase raved about how smooth and effortless Foster looked while running his routes in practice on Sunday. Arian’s going to catch a lot of balls in this offense this season.
Pats-Gronk Looking To Extend Their Relationship
News came out today that the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski are working on a contract extension, even though the star tight end is still under contract for four more years. It is likely that Gronk looked around at the money Jordan Reed and Travis Kelce got in their respective extensions and decided, deservedly so, that he is worth more money. At this point, no one really knows how close the two sides are to an agreement, but expect the Patriots to do what they can to keep one of their biggest difference makers happy.
Here We Go Again
In a case of a hype train that just won’t run out of steam, Christine Michael truthers can rejoice yet again. Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell made a comment today stating the Michael has been the leader of the running back group at this early point in training camp. With expected starter Thomas Rawls still healing from a broken ankle last season, Michael has been getting most of the work as the starter ahead of rookies C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins. I’m not all that interested in going down this road with Michael again, but he could be worth a speculative add in really deep dynasty leagues if you have room.
Other Camp Notes
Chargers wideout Stevie Johnson was carried off with a knee injury today which did not look good at first glance. Johnson was expected to work with Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin in three-wide sets this year. Johnson struggled with injuries last year, his first with the Chargers.
Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert are splitting reps right down the middle at camp thus far. Don’t laugh, but whoever wins the job could have some real fantasy appeal as a sleeper. I mean, just look at what Chip Kelly got out of Nick Foles a few years ago.
You probably already heard by now, but DeAndre Hopkins ended his training camp holdout without being offered a new contract. While it never appeared this was going to stretch into the season, Hopkins did state that he was disappointed that the Texans didn’t try to work with him to get something done. Still on his rookie deal, he is one of the NFL’s best bargains.