Training Camp Notes – Wednesday, August 13th
August 13, 2014 | Ian Goldsmith
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The Denver Broncos will be starting the 2014 season without starting linebacker Danny Trevathan. The leading tackler for the Broncos last season broke a bone below his knee and will be out for up to two months. In addition to his tackling prowess, Trevathan was also tied for the team lead in interceptions and forced fumbles (3 each) in 2013. This is a huge blow to IDP players who have already drafted as he was looking to be an LB2 at worst and clearly had potential to be a LB1. There is a silver lining, however as he did not tear any knee ligaments, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post. The injury will clearly affect his draft position in IDP leagues, which means that you should be able to draft him during the later rounds for great value. It will obviously be a risky pick, but risk in the later rounds of your drafts can pay huge dividends.
Randy Covitz of The Kansas City Star reported that Eric Berry, Pro Bowler for the Kansas City Chiefs and seventh in TFF’s 2014 IDP rankings, left practice because of tendinitis in his heel. Andy Reid should look to rest the star safety as the Chiefs cannot afford to lose his presence in their secondary. While their pass rush is clearly elite, it clearly has Berry to thank. Berry, Pro Football Focus’ 37th ranked NFL player of 2013, had 17 sacks, hits and hurries.
The Arizona defense may get a boost sooner than expected. Cardinals’ reporter Darren Urban says that safety Tyrann Mathieu may come off of the PUP list next week. The Honey Badger has been out of commission since he tore is ACL and LCL last season. Craig Morgan of FOX Sports Arizona says that Mathieu thinks that he is already in game shape and could potentially play in Week 1 against TFF’s 16th ranked QB Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers.
Patriots’ WR Aaron Dobson is back practicing with the team after having been taken off the PUP list. At 6-3/200 lbs, Dobson gives Brady a receiver with the height and build to go up against bigger corners, which neither Edelman nor Amendola offer. Dobson started nine games in 2013 and caught 37 passes for 519 yards and four TDs. The second year player is worth a taking in 12+ team leagues as he has the potential to be a WR3. Dobson is ranked 59th in TFF’s Preseason WR PPR Rankings.
All eyes are on Carolina Panther rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin, who “is the star of Panthers camp”, according to ESPN reporter David Newton. Carolina’s receiving corps looked decimated early in the offseason as Steve Smith was whisked away to Baltimore. The additions of veterans Jerricho Cotchery (currently slated to start opposite Benjamin) and Jason Avant, however, have given proven, if underwhelming targets. Add Benjamin to the mix, and Cam Newton suddenly seems to have a few pieces at his disposal with which to work. Benjamin is 47th in TFF’s preseason PPR rankings. The rookie is 6-5 and 240 pounds, which, coincidentally, is almost the same proportions as Megatron (No, I’m not comparing their skills…What am I, crazy?). The former Florida State player should be able to cause mismatches with his size.